How to recruit a great kitchen team for your club

Ask not what your employees can do for you, but what you can do for your employees. It’s the golden rule that all too many employers forget when it comes to finding the best staff for their business.

Hiring a chef is one of the largest challenges for a restaurateur. Finding a capable, competent, and hardworking chef for your restaurant can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Despite the challenges, hiring the right chef is a vital part of your business’s ability to succeed. On any given day, this employee will do more than prepare food. A chef trains new staff, oversees cooking processes, develops menus, and provides input in marketing decisions affecting the restaurant. In short, the chef provides leadership and direction in a restaurant.

The first step in finding a chef to hire is knowing who you are looking for. Start by choosing the specific type of cuisine that will be prepared. This helps match their capabilities to your needs. For example, a Brazilian steakhouse would have little need for someone trained in Mediterranean cuisine. If your restaurant is preparing multiple types of cuisine, then it will be necessary to clarify what type of food applicants will need to prepare.

While most people with a culinary degree should be able to prepare high quality food, not every one of them holds the leadership skills necessary to run a successful kitchen. Here are a number of qualities to look for when interviewing applicants.

  • Ability to train staff
  • Eye for quality
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer skills
  • Experience and shared philosophy

Where can you find your new chef?

  • Use a recruiting agency
  • Hire internall
  • Use word of mouth advertising
  • Post an ad online
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