Friday, February 05, 2016

Death of the perfectionest

Tram lines going down on O'Connell St.Note the 30Kph sign

Clearys store stands closed and the removal men clear out the remaining stock from Boyers
which closed down last week.
Its an awful kick in the arse to be shown the door after 30.40 or even 50 years service.
I hope their ambition does not guide them towards taxi driving.
I wish them all the best of luck, its not easy for the young or old to find a job.

Here I am taking a break, not much work on the streets at the moment.
"Herring days"As they say in London.

You know its very important that you take life at a steady pace.
So I will cut my cloth and relax a bit.

Ambition drives many people on..
To be the best in the business, without doubt they are the best.
This is what it is all about!
Take the chef Benoit Violier (link) who killed himself just after his restaurant was voted the best in the world.
He killed himself as many believe he could not stand the pressure of failure.

I read once in the Sunday Times of a restaurant in Italy which was very successful.

If you wanted to eat there you had to book many weeks in advance.
One day a small gent was eating there and after his meal he asked to meet the owner.
The small man said "Good afternoon my name is Egon Ronay I compose the good food guide!
This place is a really first class establishment and we would like to honor you with two gold stars, an honor which has never been given to any establishment before ."
"Sir we are so happy that you have come to this quiet corner of Italy, did you enjoyed your meal? Yes?"
So they talked about food, about life and he introduced him to his entire staff.
"Now monsieur Ronay, I love this place, our staff are motivated,happy and keen to learn, The people who supply my food strive to be the best.Our clients are the best in the world. They have no great expectations when they come through the door, but mostly they leave happy and content.

Now if you put a great award into the equation things will change.
Food critics would arrive to critasie my food..Just to make a name for themselves..
Others would try to demand free meals just for a good report.
Perhaps you can see where I an standing now?
Here is your bill Mr Ronay. Please come back again, you will be very very welcome"

This was the first ever restaurant to turn down gold stars,
A Chef in France killed himself a few years ago when he lost one of his two stars, the father of beautiful twin boys.
As a mark of respect to his great art as a wonderful chef many restaurants in France gave back their gold stars.

So which is the best way to measure success?

No comments:

Post a Comment