This has been a topic that I have thought about for awhile, and am wondering what everyone else (restaurant workers or non) have an opinon about. I think everyone should put in a two year internship, in any type of restaurant, to truly understand the behavior on both sides. There is so much that goes on ("behind the scenes") in both points of view. Good and bad.
What is the number one "event" that we partake of? Going out to eat. The majority of diners have never worked in a restaurant, alas never really understanding the "inside" of what really goes on and how hard of a job it is. Thankfully, from what I have read, alot of you 'hounds really do understand. Yet to really bust your a** in a restaurant, comfort both front and back of house, be a problem solver in so many ways while remaining calm in extreme situations...we really do so much in so many areas. We are the ultimate major (marketing, phychologist, business, accountant, etc, etc...) rolled into one!!
I want to know what those in the industry feel towards a community that will understand all that happens (and may have been through) in a restaurant. And what those have never worked in this wonderful business think of not working in it. What knowledge have we gained or lost by our individual experiences? Is working in a restaurant beneficial to our appreciation to those who work in them?