Importance of Teamwork
In the Kitchen
Teamwork in the kitchen is a basic requirement as it is the main key of successful performance for anyone who is, going to or will join this most important department of hospitality. The purpose of this essay is to explain the concept of teamwork and how it applies to kitchen environment. Also, examples of personal experience of teamwork in class are provided to illustrate its effectiveness as a way to achieve common goals.
Dwyer (2013, p. 224) defines teamwork as a cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve common goals and objectives. This means that in a team, all members need to contribute to the common effort ...view middle of the document...
Kitchen areas is a place where always have lot of equipment lying around including appliances, knives, food, ingredients etc. Also, occupational health and safety standard is concerned in any kind of situations. Under the leader’s supervising, planning is therefore very important in the kitchen. When a recipe is given out, analysing the recipe, preparing right and correct amount of ingredients, selection of equipment and place them where they are required are essential. As a good leader, mise-en- place need be completed with team member’s contribution to make sure a smoothly cooking process and reach the time set with a final successful result.
Also, carrying out mise- en-place during the whole process is one of a good team’s characteristics. All team members are INVOLVED - all talents and skills are used. If you have people who aren’t part of the action or who are grumbling in the background, investigate. They need to join the programme or move on to somewhere they will enjoy more (Burgin 2012).These are a short description of communication and organisation in the kitchen. In kitchen area, to avoid wasting time and energy to control every staff in particular details, good leader always share the job equally to all staff members with the right tool, and giving them the authority to handle the best tasks. In this case, delegation is what chefs use, motivation and trusting are given, and a successful performance will be done by the best contribution of the team.
These are some examples of successful teamwork in kitchen class which illustrate more about how good teamwork is in the kitchen. The first one was in week two of the kitchen class, the recipe followed involved making white chicken stocks and all students were divided into groups to cook their own. The goal of this class was to learn how to prepare and cook white chicken stock which met the requirements of the teacher. From that point, each group or team had to understand the goal clearly such as that their white chicken stock needed to be simmered until all the flavour was extracted and was then fat free. If any of team members did not understand any part of the task, explanations were available from other team members or leaders so they could work together and know whether the objective had been met.
The other example was in week three where all students are divided into team with two members...