How much of a control freak are you?
Posted 24 May 2006 - 11:55 PM
The greatest service chemistry has rendered to alimentary science, is the discovery of osmazome, or rather the determination of what it was. ~Brillat-Savarin
Nick Zukin, Mi Mero Mole
Co-Author, Artisan Jewish Deli at Home
Formerly, Kenny & Zuke's
Posted 25 May 2006 - 03:01 PM
Oh yes, I'm a terrible control freak. I want it all to be perfect! That works out well since I'm the Chief Cook & Bottle Washer… actually, I'm the ONLY cook and bottle washer.
Working with chocolate is such a delicate process, I'm thinking most of you probably have your hands on most pieces that come out of your shops. Have you guys been able to delegate much of the work? Are you training people so you can put out more product? If you get sick or go on vacation, will we have to go without your chocolates?
Yeah, being a one-man operation is pretty risky. You're right, if I go on vacation then the chocolates do too. And that's something I need to "fix" pretty soon.
I want to get really organized before even thinking about hiring more help. Recently I spoke with a friend who lives in France and who worked for a while at a chocolate shop. She said that they were SSSSOOOO organized. Their schedule, for the entire year, is defined so that on any given day, when you come into the shop, you know exactly what you're going to make. Wow, that's impressive! I don't know if I could ever reach that level of organization but it's something to which one can aspire.
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