Sookie St. James should have been fired

Sookie St. James was lucky to have kept her job. There, we said it. The famous Gilmore Girls character is beloved by fans for her whimsical personality and intense desire to care for Rory and Lorelai Gilmore. However, the profession she chose was perhaps not the one that suited her best. Sookie was a talented chef, but there were about a million reasons why she should have been fired from the Independence Inn and a million more reasons why she wasn’t a great business partner for Lorelai.

Sookie St. James wasted food in an industry where margins are already wafer-thin

Restaurants, even those attached to successful inns, are difficult to manage because they operate on an incredibly thin profit margin. According to Upserve, the average full-service kitchen has a profit margin of just 3% to 5%. With such a slim profit, letting food go to waste could mean a loss for the whole company.

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Apparently no one told Sookie St. James. Sookie was prone to throwing away her entire planned and cooked menu to make something she suddenly craved. She would throw away whole jars of food if she didn’t think the product lived up to her expectations. More importantly, Sookie spent much of her workday experimenting with recipes, using the company’s products as they went. Sookie’s waste would not only have cost Sookie her job; it probably would have cost Mia the whole deal.

A real boss would have fired Sookie for not delegating.

Sookie didn’t let anyone else do her dishes. This is perfectly fine for a home cook or even a private chef. When you run a busy commercial kitchen, delegation is necessary to make things work. Sookie refused to delegate to anyone, at any time, for any reason.

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Her controlling nature was on display when she was placed in bed, and Luke Danes stepped in to run the Dragonfly Inn’s kitchen. Not a single member of the kitchen staff had any idea what to do in Sookie’s absence. One has to wonder what they were even doing there in the first place.

For a chef, Sookie St. James didn’t care much about kitchen safety

Besides cutting profit margins and not managing people, Sookie had almost no concerns for kitchen safety. The acclaimed chef threw kitchen towels over open burners, left the stove on and regularly ate a spoon, then put it back in the food. She fell often, bled just as much and needed regular medical attention. She also didn’t pay much attention to keeping her ducts clean.

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Sookie could have been an amazing chef. His food could have been a revelation. Still, she was a terrible employee and probably would have been fired from any real kitchen. She was a greater handicap than she was a talent.

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