In the post pandemic or mass staff shortages a lot of hospitality professionals, especially chefs, have forgotten what a “buyers market” in jobs feels like. Well I’m going to stick my neck out a bit and predict that this huge undersupply in staff isn’t here to stay. The time to care about whether you make chef job hunting mistakes, unfortunately, is soon to be upon you. So now might be a good time to make sure you’re not one of the losers in the[Read more…]
A restaurateur/chef in Glasgow (that’s in Scotland) has attracted lots of attention by posting a Chef Job Ad that holds absolutely nothing back. He held so little back that the site hosting the Chef Job Ad [note link goes to our job board, we have to get a plug in for ourselves somewhere along the way too – the link to the actual chef job advert in context is provided toward the bottom of the article] has forced him to censor the ad.
Even censored though, the ad is eye wateringly honest. Speaking of honesty, go here if you’d like to know how do chef recruitment agencies work?
No chef turning up for an interview at this place could ever say he hadn’t be warned, and well warned, in advance about the, ahem, job challenges which lay ahead. Keep reading Chefs because the juicy details are coming. Anyway the job ad was for a Sous Chef and no amount of meta commentary by me can ever do justice to the advert itself, which we’ll be getting to very soon, that’s a promise.
Of course you don’t want your new restaurant opening to perish and like most people involved in opening a new restaurant you’re pretty confident you, and your new opening, will be a success. And why not? Starting any new venture with the expectation of failure isn’t conducive to success. In any case who starts anything anticipating failure?
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.
We’ve chewed over the subject of chef job advertising together before, recently I was inspired [translation:enraged] by a chef job ad that encapsulated everything that’s broken about chef attraction strategies in the catering industry. Having fully vented on that episode, this time I’d like to suggest a more positive and constructive approach to the matter, with, hopefully, beneficial results for you i.e. the chef job advertiser. Perhaps a less misleading title for this post would be Chef Job Advertising: why you should at least make an effort, or maybe even, Chef Job Advertising: make me want to work for you.
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.
You may not have given much consideration to recruiting “Generation Y” Chefs. Maybe you don’t know what characteristics Generation Y Chefs are believed to have, never mind why this should matter, to you, when it comes to recruiting chefs. I am here to tell you that it matters very much and if you wish to recruit and retain Chefs in 2013, and onwards, its time for you to get properly clued in. What’s so distinctive about Generation Y Chefs, and what makes them tick? Indeed what is it about them that makes it worth the trouble of writing a blog post about them,