When it comes to recruiting chefs the offer is the point where the tire meets the road, with the chef job interview out of the way, it’s the moment of truth and, sadly, it can sometimes go horribly wrong. Both parties, whether chef or employer, can, and do, break some fundamental rules which almost always results in an undesired outcome. We’ll be focusing on employer error in this post. It’s true that not every job offer results in a chef accepting the job, this is no different from any other industry, but in catering and hospitality there seems to be a tendency to play a bit faster, and looser, with important details than in other industries. The result is almost always negative and everyone is left to count the costs in wasted time and money.[Read more…]
Another year, another media story about Chef Shortages in Ireland, this time on our screens, and the longer it goes on the worse it’s likely to become. We’ve been here before, almost a year ago to the day we covered an Irish Times piece on the same problem and later on we revisited the issue with a particular focus on the Chef De Parties. This chef shortage is biting harder and deeper as time passes. While the recession has brought a welcome uptick in the numbers of young people interested in pursuing a career as a chef the training sector just hasn’t anything close to the number of college places available to meet the demand.
Here’s a video of the RTE Six One piece for your viewing pleasure: [Read more…]
A lot of Chefs want to go to Australia to start a new life far away from the bad weather and the bad economy. Thats why uniquely in our catering recruitment sector, and right from the beginning, we established a service to help those contemplating such moves. Now we’re upping it a notch or two further with the introduction of The TOPCHEFS Chefs to Australia Project. The short story: this is a chance to get a four year working visa and a job down under.
What’s this TOPCHEFS Chefs to Australia Project and how can it help you? Fair question, read on…[Read more…]
Go ahead Recommend a Chef to us, it’ll Make Our Day
Chances are a chef recommendation will make their day too, maybe not today but someday. You see not all chefs display their glory in full view, many are the unsung heros who stand behind [Read more…]
The Dublin College of Catering at Cathal Brugha Street (DIT) apart from training tomorrows Chefs, Waiters, Bar Persons & Food Technologists also serves lunch to the general public at reasonable prices. During college term the lunches are served as often as twice a week, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays. These lunches are among a number of ways the college allows us a peek behind the scenes, one of the other other ways we’ve already covered here. For the princely sum of €8.50 two courses or €10.00 three courses you can enjoy a fine lunch prepared and served, under supervision, by the students themselves.
We’ve been working hard to provide chefs with free and, more importantly, user friendly Chef CV, Resume resources recently. Those CV resources, tips, advice, CV-Resume Schema and CV Template downloads, are elaborated upon in a few of our more recent blog posts. Two things made us aware of the need for better Chef CV, Resume resources:
- We often receive very bad, in some cases quite damaging, CV’s from really excellent chefs
- We get a lot of requests from chefs for help with CV’s
We’ve written at length about Chef’s CV-Resume design and we’ve even gone so far as to draft a Chef’s CV-Resume Design Tips Page. If you haven’t already read those pieces we recommend you hit both those links before reading any further. What we’ve realized is that, beyond more Chef CV-Resume drafting advice, many of you would like something more tangible by way of Chef CV and Resume resources. Well, now you got it!
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…]