Your ideal head chef, anyone’s ideal head chef, will have the culinary talent of Heston Blumenthal, the strategic abilities of Carl Von Clausewitz, the patience of Gautama Buddha, the financial acumen of Warren Buffett, the physical insurance of Roald Amundsen and the image management chops of Donald Draper. It would be nice to have a Chef like this, but you probably won’t.
Why exactly do catering recruitment agencies keep sending me the same curriculum vitae’s, why do I always end up with the usual suspects? Okay, so that is how I am phrasing a statement made to me by a head chef recently, it’s not verbatim but it’s close enough. In fact it was said in a backhanded complimentary way; as an explanation for why this chef was seeking my help with the suggestion embedded that we were likely to be, somehow, a cut above these slovenly under performers. But, as the song goes “it ain’t necessarily so.” Sometimes “how” you use catering recruitment agencies is as important, if not more important, than “which” agency you use.
Creating Chef Jobs in Cork isn’t the work of a recruitment agency, not even one dedicated to finding chefs jobs and the chefs to match the jobs. That said if you’re looking for a chef job in Cork, or anticipate that you will be looking in the future, then drop by our chef’s CV upload page now and upload your CV. At least then we’ll be able to find you when the right job comes our way; increasingly we’re getting tasked with finding chefs for some of Cork’s best hospitality destinations, so do get your CV to us now, if you can. With that obligatory bit of self promotion out of the way it’s time to give a little limelight to some of the quiet initiatives which augur well for Cork tourism and, of course, employment prospects for chefs looking to continue their careers in Cork.
Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), sounded pretty pumped up today about the news that almost 500 new catering jobs have been created in the restaurant sector of the hospitality industry. Is his elation justified? Find out what we reckon after the ramp.[Read more…]
The Chefs CV (Curriculum Vitae) Resume page has just gone live on the TOPCHEFS website. See Chef’s CV Tips for catering jobs which, I’d like to emphasize, is not yet as fully polished as we’d like it to be. However as we’re aware of a lot of interest among chefs, on how to best optimize their CVs for success in the very competitive catering jobs market of today, we decided to publish and be damned. Eventually, as part of our program to
Chef De Parties in Ireland, the rare breed in Irish Catering Recruitment
We’ve covered the shortage of Chefs in the Irish catering industry in an earlier blog post about the great chef shortage. Since then there’s been little improvement in the supply of chefs anywhere in Irish catering, whether directly to the hospitality industry or indeed to catering recruiters.
Yet not all aspects of this chef shortage are created equal. One position in particular is a persistent headache for anyone attempting to run any catering business right now. That position is, Chef De Partie and there is almost no one who’s been left unaffected by this shortage. Kitchens island wide are groaning under the strain with little relief on the horizon.
Or why is it so difficult to find chefs in Ireland
Finally! This week the Irish TImes has got to the question every catering recruitment consultant, especially those of us who specialize in recruiting chefs, has had to field many times:
“Why, in such a recessionary market, can’t I find any chefs?”
Some of the biggest names in the industry are looking for qualified chefs, including Shanahan’s on the Green, the Shelbourne Hotel and the Michelin-starred Malahide restaurant Bon Appetit. Even Masterchef judge Dylan McGrath has been recruiting staff for his Rustic Stone restaurant in Dublin. Recently the jobs.ie website listed more than 100 jobs around the country for chefs at a variety of levels.