Archive for July, 2009

2eme semaine (2nd week)

Posted in school n stage on July 17, 2009 by fenny widjaja

this week passed by quickly.it is already weekend. starting to enjoy intern. the sous chef still as strict as usual, but i am beginning to understand why he has to be like that. everyone also has different ways in doing things. one person says “do it this way”, and the other says,”no!no!no!that way”. then both of them argue in french which i don’t understand.  never a dull moment.

we do arm-shakes here. since i am usually doing stuffs, some chefs who come into the kitchen usually grabbed me in the arm and say “bonjour” or “salut”. they are the ones who don’t do the “bises”. have gotten everyone’s name by now. well, almost all.

i pity Vincent (we call him by his first name). he is under sous chef and is in charge of the stagiaires. as you can imagine, we call out his name all the time. then he says, “attend,attend(wait,wait). merde (shit)+other french cursing words,(in french)i am only one and people are all calling me. this is not working. one by one.” he’s never angry with us. worst case scenario, put both his hands on his face n says “mais non!pourquoi tu fais ca?!” or “qu-est ce que tu fais?!”

im just helping around and weighing up recipes. not really doing much. bt i think it is a really good experience working here. get to see the kitchen layout, the equipment n how they store their products.

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stage-1st week

Posted in school n stage on July 11, 2009 by fenny widjaja

i started my stage 1 week later than my friends because my mom came to visit and i wanted to accompany her. hearing that all of them are enjoying their internship, i had high hopes on mine. turns out wrong! i am doing stage in a really expensive hotel .on the orientation day, there was a misunderstanding about what i had to wear. had to wear formal jacket and i didn’t, so the HR lady told me that they had to postpone my orientation and send me off to the kitchen instead. i met the sous chef before during my interview and thought he was very nice. again, i was wrong. he is very mean. he doesn’t like noise and mess.@ the end of the day, sous chef showed me the roster and turned out that my schedule is tuesday – friday, BUT IT WAS MONDAY!i shouldn’t have worked that day!!! he shud have told me to go home that morning if i wasn’t in the roster! i have more important thing to do, like, accompanying my mom!!!!! was a bit frustrated and guilty to mom coz she was leaving on wednesday and starting work means i can’t be with her since i start a@ 7.30 till 6.

wednesday was the worst coz my mom was leaving paris and couldn’t send her off. broke down in tears that evening. friday(yesterday) was my last day this week. felt much better.getting used to the kitchen. made few mistakes, but i learnt. 4 days of work is the limit. i worked 5 days, so it was a  bit too much for me. tired physically n mentally. every morning when i wake up, my body is aching. felt like having had a workout.

all the chefs in the patisserie area are men. 5 stagiaires, 3 korean girls, a french teen and me. the ‘bise’ culture isn’t what i used to doing, but by the end of the week,i find it to be a very friendly gesture! i had to stand on my toes though coz am too short. just don’t really like doing it by the end of the day where cheeks are a bit sticky…the kitchen smells really nice. many times better that the school kitchen. very clean. think that’s why the sous chef has to emphasize on cleanliness…must learn from him! i learn how to be more organized and work neat.  

 i am glad that i decided to have stage for 3 months. i don’t know if i will survive 6. vraiment tres fort! hopefully next week is going to be better