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Old 03-22-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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Chef -Respect or Arrogance?

We have a gentleman who owns several restaurants and occasionally dines at the establishment I serve at. He seems a wee bit cocky, but is polite and friendly as long as everything is going his way, so his attitude is fairly typical for someone his age (late 20s) who is successful and reasonably good-looking. Here is my question. Our owner knows him by first and last name, as do our manager and a couple members of our staff who went to high school with him or have waited on him several times, yet he always insists on his reservation being listed as "Chef Firstname." (it's probably obvious, but just in case, Firstname is not his real first name)

I'm truly curious. Is it typical for a Chef to use the title outside of work? And in another's restaurant? I would venture to guess that at least half of our regular clientele is made up of people who could make their reservations under "Dr. So-and-so," but we rarely see formal titles on the reservation list. Is it a matter of respect for him to carry the title everywhere, or arrogance?
Just curious to see other's opinions, especially from other chefs!

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Old 03-22-2011, 02:36 PM   #2
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I think he just wants to be noticed. He is there as a diner. Nothing more.
Not to be too negative here, but there is something about the culinary arts that can bring out the arrogance in people. I find many chefs to be like this. But, to be fair, there are many talented and down to earth, modest chefs out there. Although it takes time, effort and commitment to be a chef, so do most other trades or careers. Maybe next time I make a reservation I will make it under Musician/certified cook Roch.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:41 PM   #3
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Maybe next time I make a reservation I will make it under Musician/certified cook Roch.
Think I should mention my CPR certification under my next reservation? JK
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Maybe he is being considerate and giving everyone a "heads up" that a chef is coming. Maybe the chef in the restaurant would like to know if she/he is cooking for a chef.
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:27 PM   #5
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Maybe he is being considerate and giving everyone a "heads up" that a chef is coming. Maybe the chef in the restaurant would like to know if she/he is cooking for a chef.
Why should that matter? Shouldn't a chef cook the same for every one of their customers regardless of their profession?
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:29 PM   #6
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Not to be too negative here, but there is something about the culinary arts that can bring out the arrogance in people. I find many chefs to be like this.
Not only in the culinary arts, as I find this to be true in several other professions as well. Take hair dressers for instance. I don't do hair but I am in the salon business and deal with arrogant stylists (my employees) daily.
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Why should that matter? Shouldn't a chef cook the same for every one of their customers regardless of their profession?
Well I think so. Maybe the chef will want to plate it a little more carefully.

Maybe ask the restaurant's chef what she/he thinks of it?
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:46 PM   #8
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In the old days he would be called a stuffed shirt. These days he'd be called arrogant.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:20 PM   #9
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Our owner knows him by first and last name, as do our manager and a couple members of our staff who went to high school with him or have waited on him several times, yet he always insists on his reservation being listed as "Chef Firstname."
Based on that sentence alone, I'd bet he must be really full of himself. Ack..whata pita.... If he's only in his 20's maybe he just has some growing up to do, or his Mama didn't teach him well.
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Yes, it is the same in may professions, but has to be irking when someone insists upon it with his peers. And people think the military was bad! I've seen worse rank consciousness in education and in science than I ever saw a general insist on!
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