I have worked in the casino industry as a chef since 1993, and I have worked with a lot of good cooks! Most of the time successful restaurants have a core group of people that work and cook together, sometimes for years. When you work with someone on a line like that you develop a rhythm, the whole line buzzes with energy.
This restaurant/casino experience has been a little different. We will go for periods of 6 maybe 7 months as an average before we have a turnover. The bulk of this crew has been in place for over a year, and they turn and burn!!! That has not always been the case here. I have seen whole kitchen staffs come and go!!! The work is hard, hot and the hours can be long. Kitchen work is not for everybody, most of us are adrenaline junkies. Well not so much anymore. The years do have a way of taking that fire out of you. I know when I have a couple 12 - 14 hour days in a row, I don't just spring back into action like I did 25 years ago. It takes me a good 3 days to recover. Now I am just rambling. I guess turnover is normal in the industry. The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. The work stays the same though!