A Glimpse Into the Job of a Sous Chef
Growing up, I wanted to be a Pediatrician. When I attended college, I changed my major several times as there were different jobs I became interested in. I wanted to be an Elementary School Teacher, a Doctor (again), an Accountant, a Marriage and Family Therapist and a School Counselor. As a grownup, I’m happy with my career, but still curious about what goes into other people’s careers.
I was introduced to Kronos, the leader in workforce management solutions. With tens of thousands of customers worldwide, Kronos helps their clients manage time and attendance records, worker’s schedules, absence records, HR and payroll, hiring, and labor analytics solutions and services.
Kronos has published the “1 in one hundred million” Web Series – a site devoted to sharing the personal stories of people who do the many important and too-often unrecognized jobs upon which we all rely. From their very first days, Kronos solutions have always focused on the work that people do. That’s why they’re proud to celebrate these special individuals who reflect the character, the commitment, and the passion of today’s workforce.
You can subscribe to the “1 in one hundred million” Web Series for free and watch every month as a new episode is aired featuring a different worker. In the video series, ordinary people in the workforce are featured and they tell their stories.
I found some really inspirational episodes that gave me a better look at these different jobs. One episode that really resonated with me was Episode 15, which is about Mike Perez – a Sous Chef at Hearty Boy Catering in Chicago. Mike is in the business of making parties perfect. Whether he’s cooking for a party of 30 or 1,000, he pours his heart and soul into every meal he creates. As a sous chef, Mike is second to the chef, and preps all of the food to get ready for an event. He cuts, preps slices and dices – Mike can do it all! He chefs the off-premise catering and occasionally works the line at the restaurant.
Cooking turned Mike’s life around. He made some bad choices that landed him in prison, but he found work in the kitchen, which was a sort of therapy while he was in jail. After his release in May 2006, he decided he wanted to continue cooking. He was hired out of the Silver Fork program that Hearty Boys owners, Dan and Steve helped develop for at-risk individuals looking for new careers. Out of 330 applicants, he was one of only 20 chosen for this program. Dan, co-founder of Hearty Boys, encouraged Mike to also pursue his own produce business, so on top of working for Hearty Boys, he also has 15 restaurants as customers for his fresh produce. Mike attributes his success to his boss at Hearty Boys Catering, saying, “He took a chance on me when nobody would, when I didn’t think I had a chance.” The most satisfaction Mike gets out of his job is making events perfect and memorable. It brings a smile to his face to bring a smile to others’ faces with his food. He is upbeat, energetic, and passionate about cooking/food. Today, in the kitchen, Mike has purpose — passion — and he’s proud to say he’s found his place.
Be sure to head on over to the “1 in one hundred million” Web Series and check it out for yourself!
Did you have any idea what it was like to be a Sous Chef? What episode did you like the most? What job would you like to learn more about?