It seems appropriate that on my first day in the kitchen after graduating from the culinary program, I should get my hiney handed to me.
No, seriously, it really is appropriate. And it wasn't anywhere NEARLY as bad as it could have been, but:
I was scheduled a partial shift -- I'm still only part-time, and although I only get one day off this week, I am only scheduled one full shift. Yesterday I was scheduled to work 11-6. The opener was scheduled 10:30-6:30. Another part-timer was scheduled for 6, and the closer arrived at 6:30.
When I got there, the ppener informed me that he had a sore throat and was going to go home after the lunch rush. So from around 1:30 or so until my relief arrived at 6, I was on my own. Only my 6 PM reliever didn't arrive -- I ended up working until 6:30, when the closer arrived.
And the lunch rush picked back up right after the opener left.
And the dinner rush came early.
And we were 86 several popular items.
And several other popular items, all of which the opener told me had been prepped, hadn't.
I actually held my own. The bartender only had to check on the status of an order a couple if times, I only screwed up about 3 garnishes, and nothing got sent back. Overall, I'd say I did ok.