Pinx is a unique place full of true characters (and I am not saying this because I am recording their antics, these folks are really this “interesting” without embellishment). Really who do you know that polishes ashy grapes? Who do you know that burns EVERYTHING? Where can you go to work where you have Duck Dynasty like comedy every day? So it stands to reason that when you have talent and the engine is producing success that other organizations would want to take that sparkling talent for themselves. I get it. After all I was a headhunter in a past life. But c’mon man! We’re trying to build something here!
In the past two months Hustleman, The Graduate, and the Deacon were all poached. I can’t begrudge any of them as their positions were great for them. One is an Assistant General Manager at a restaurant. One is running their own deli. The other has moved on to HMOs R Us. I would like to think that the experiences working with us and Sarge, and Monk, and Bumper, and Keisha Burns, and the Waterboy prepared them for their big breaks. It’s quite rewarding knowing that our exposure and experiences had a small part in setting them on their paths. It’s also a bit stressful because we have to now bring on and train new talent.
Talent…now that’s a funny concept when you think about the kitchen. But it is a real consideration. Talent could be what prevents a person from burning water. Talent could be the ability to purchase goods effectively. Talent could be packing the vehicles for delivery. Talent is not always what we think it may be, but we have to recognize what each person does best so we can put them in the position for them to be successful. After working in as many places and in as many cultures as we have, Chef and I want an environment for our team that is rewarding. We don’t want to have everyone read “Who Moved My Cheese” so we can all get along. But I digress….
Recognizing talent and placing that talent in the right position is the most important aspect of our operation. We had a decent year last year, but if we intend to grow for real, Chef and I have to be able to step out of the operation to grow the business. That means the team (Director, Mello D, Bumper, Monk et al) will be doing more without us. How else will we ever make it to the Food Network? JK. All I know is we don’t want any more headhunters poaching our team! Though it is flattering.