One I don't do shadows is for legal reasons/liability reasons. I have rules and regulations
to follow and while I could take the time to go over everything with whoever is there, it's also a big liability for me to have someone in the bakery. Plus, I honestly don't know what regulations would apply to someone shadowing. My big ole oven gets very toasty on the outside. So even though it says "caution hot," I tap my arms on it all the time and get burned. Having someone in there who isn't use to all my equipment is unsafe and I don't want someone getting hurt and having that fall on me.
(Photo by Kelsey Jean Photography)
The BIGGEST reason I don't do shadowing is because of my schedule. My schedule is crazy, never the same, and changes day to day (and sometimes changes from morning to afternoon!). If you've read my previous blog posts, you know that I have another job. So when I don't have orders to fill, I'm not around. Sometimes I'm at that job in the mornings and baking in the afternoon. When I do have a full day of baking, the days are usually loooong. I'm up and baking by 4am and once I'm in the zone I don't like to be disturbed. I work alone and like to stay organized, on task, and go, go, go. Having someone shadow me would be very hard and complicated for me. Since I'm the only worker, I have a timeline that I have to stick to. Having people around slows me down, which is something I cannot afford to have happen.
I like to be honest on this blog....so I'll be honest and say part of the reason for me not shadowing is my recipes and methods. I know, I know...to learn a craft people like to watch others...but I am very protective of my recipes and methods. And for good reason. I have baked other places before and carried my recipes with me to do so. I brought them with and took them home. But they were left unattended at some point. Guess what happened?! I had a place steal one of my most prized recipes! Of course not everyone would do something like this, but seeing me bake or seeing a recipe or special ingredient just once, can start something. One person talks to another..when told "don't tell anyone," that person often goes to just one other person and says "don't tell anyone but..." and on it goes. I won't even give my cutout sugar cookie recipe to my husband's aunt...and she lives in Florida! So I may be a little crazy about this...but my recipes and methods make my business...so I get a little protective.
Thanks for another week of orders!