For any business, hiring the right people to fit the needs of your company is always important. Finding the right chef for your kitchen needs care and attention to detail. Just like when you’re perfecting a dish, you need to have the same mind set for recruiting your next chef. We would like to share some tips from our experience in chef recruitment with you.
Hiring a chef is one of the largest challenges for managers in the hospitality sector. Finding a capable, experienced & hardworking chef for your hotel or restaurant can be exhausting. Despite the challenges, hiring the right chef is a vital component of your business’s success.
On any given day, this employee will do more than prepare food. A chef trains new hires, oversees cooking processes, creates menus and advises management of business needs. Also, the word “chef” means chief in French, so your next chef will lead all other kitchen staff members.
2 key factors when recruiting for a new chef
- Know who you’re looking for – helps to narrow down search, what experience is required
- Decide who will hire – agency or in-house
Chefs of all levels are very in-demand, in can be hard to find the perfect one for your kitchen. So taking the time to make sure you do it rightis important.
Most in-demand chef jobs in Dublin currently;
- Head Chefs
- Sous Chefs
- Chef de Parties
- Pastry Chefs
However, head chefs are a little trickier, you want to find top class talent to run your kitchen.
Key skills to look for when recruiting your next Head Chef;
- Efficient in menu creation – involving ingredient selection, being innovative and creative
- Coaching skills – not just being able to teach someone but following through with the process afterwards
- Organisation skills – ordering, making rosters, paperwork for food safety
We get to know the chefs who apply through our agency, that way we know if they’re a good fit for the job. Having nearly 20 years’ experience in this industry we’ve learned a thing or two about the wants and needs of hiring managers. Many of our recruitment consultants have worked in hospitality themselves, so we know the business. Click here to read about our recruitment process.