Originally Posted by Sharon Clark
Thank you for that. I am one of the "lying" cooks from the last episode. Although NBC did not show exactly what happened, and the editing was done in very broad strokes, we all stand by our actions. The fight that night was an unfortunate and traumatizing experience. And a large group from the restaurant was there and witnessed the entire thing. Curiously enough, it was instigated by other cooks from a nearby, seafood restaurant who just happened to know where Rocco's staff would be, as well as the NBC cameras. No one at the restaurant was ever told that Tim was admitted into Lenox Hill or any other hospital here in New York. On $10 per hour, who had health insurance? They were told that we waited in the emergency room to be looked at for a concussion, and then left. And while that did not happen during that timeline, it happened afterwards. We had valid reasons for leaving, and felt that we did so in a respectful manner. When we finally picked up our checks, they were for a fraction of the amount due us, and were cut, also curiously enough, from Jeffrey Chodorow's other restaurant. The insane goings on at that point were part instigated drama from the powers that be, and part gross mismanagement. In any event, we were tired of being manipulated. Add this to the reasons we gave Rocco for leaving, and there it is.
r u seriuously diana?
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re: Diana et.al. quitting
Hey Diana, I'm glad you stood up for yourself. Working at Rocco's in the kitchen must have been hell. Why stay in a place that is hopelessly disorganized, horribly mismanaged, gives only negative feedback to it's employees, and from which you are learning nothing?
Originally Posted by Diana
as u probably noe i love rocco and the show
i thought it was really entertaining
was it fun being around the cameras?
do u think that "the restaurant "shows wat its really like working in a restaurant
Thank you. I must tell you that we were thrilled and excited from the outset with this opportunity. As cooks, we never could have known what to expect from a TV series, but the idea of working with Rocco Dispirito was enough for all of us to put our trepadations aside. We were and are accomplished cooks who have worked with some of the top chefs in the country. I met some wonderful people and able cooks in the kitchen there, and most of us still hang out together, and only a few still work there.
Originally Posted by Linc
I am still uncertain as to if the working conditions were contrived to create drama, or were just naturally abomidable. We stayed as long as we could without pay, days off, and inspiration. I appreciate your questions, and lack of judgement. Thanks again.
I have read that you love Rocco, and if I weren't on the show, I would probably watch it as well.
Originally Posted by roccolover
Being around the cameras was surreal. While working, we stopped noticing them and concentrated on getting the food out. But after hours, it was jarring.
I have worked in many restaurants, and cannot say that the show is a good representation of that experience. The waitstaff is not usually given the voice that they've been given here, and the kitchen staff is normally hired on ability alone. A lot of the hustle and bustle is indeed real though. Thanks for asking!
thanx for answering my questions
are you working as a chef at another restaurant?
do u think rocco's will be successful after the show is over?
The race is back!
Roccolover, please check your e-mails, or read one of the many requests throughout this forum to not use "lingo". Thank you.
We all continue to work in New York City, despite the weakened economy and restaurant closings.
I honestly hope for the sake of Mama, Tony, and the handful of other gems who depend on Rocco's for their livelyhood, that the restaurant remains open and profitable. But I cannot predict what will happen to the future of Rocco's. I suppose that with "Bravo" replaying the series, that public interest may continue, but it's a guess.
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