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The Life of a Head Chef in Dublin

Three Q have been helping to match job-seeking Head Chefs with Employers in Dublin for years so we know a thing about the day to day life of a Head Chef. If you’ve ever wondered about what the life of a head chef in Dublin is like or maybe you’re just curious, read ahead.

As a head chef you are responsible for everything that happens in the kitchen. You are required to see all dishes from start to finish and you’re given the task hiring and firing employees. The job of head chef involves creating new dishes for the kitchen you work in whilst also overseeing staff and making sure that your kitchen is meeting health and safety standards.

If you love to cook, enjoy being creative and relish the challenges that come with responsibility, read on to learn more about becoming a head chef.

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What skills are required of a Head Chef?

If you dream of becoming a head chef you will obviously need to have a genuine love for food but you will also need to be a person with plenty of energy- you will need to start every shift with a spring in your step as your role also include encouraging and motivating the team you work with.  As a head chef you will need outstanding cooking skills and be creative when it comes to the preparation and presentation of food. You should have a deep understanding of ingredients and produce which will aid in you in creating menus which are innovative and profitable to the business.. Leadership and management skills are a must have and you need to be able to fairly and equally delegate tasks to you staff that suits their training and skill sets.

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What Are The Role’s Main Responsibilities?

Once you become a restaurant’s head chef your duties will include the overall running of the kitchen’s day-to-day goings-on, ordering produce, creating new dishes, hiring new staff, raising profit margins for the food end of your employers business, taking care of stock levels, implementing health and safety rules in the kitchen, working to the budget that your employers sets out and creating a work rota for the team.

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What About Work Environment & Schedule?

As head chef most of your time will be spent in the back-of-house creating recipes and other more advanced tasks. You will need to learn to delegate tasks to your team so that you can do this without distractions. You also need to take care of front-of-house operational issues relating to the kitchen and must also ensure the food is consistently of high quality. Because a restaurant’s success depends on the head chef, you will be required to work long hours on a shift basis. This means working nights, weekends and holidays and even when you are not in the restaurant; you must be on call in case there is an emergency.

What Are The Downsides?

The role of head chef carries with it a lot of responsibility and pressure. If your food is not of premium quality, the restaurant will quickly lose customers and you get the blame. The hours are quite long and you’ll have little free time; things can also get stressful when one of your staff calls in sick and you have to scramble to find a replacement.

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What Are The Benefits?

Becoming a head chef gives you control in the kitchen to be be the creative side of the kitchen and express yourself with food. Becoming a head chef is a rewarding profession as you will see customers enjoying your creativity and knowledge of food.. As you have a team of staff to handle menial duties, you have more free time to create your own culinary masterpieces. After becoming an established chef, you could even go on to open your own restaurant.

If becoming a head chef interests you or if you are currently a head chef looking for a new position keep an eye on our listings that we are constantly updating with new job opportunities in the industry. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email sales@3reqruitment.ie or phone +353 1878 3335.   

Chef Recruitment – How To Find The Perfect Match

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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

  1. Know who you’re looking for – helps to narrow down search, what experience is required
  2. 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;

  • Leadership
  • 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
  • Patience
  • Organisation skills – ordering, making rosters, paperwork for food safety
  • Budget-minded

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.

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Thinking About Training to Become a Chef?

Are you thinking About Training to Become a Chef?  Find out what it’s really like working in the Catering Industry in Ireland.

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1.       Constant heat and noise can be stressful and make people short-tempered. Someone working in a kitchen for the first time can feel a mix of anything from nervousness to downright terror for their work colleagues during the initial learning spell. Don’t worry, this passes and soon you’ll forget you ever felt this way –that is until one day you catch the glance of fear the new Commis chef gives you.

2.       Working in a Michelin-starred restaurant will default as your career goal. Working in those rare kitchens which produce small numbers at high prices is always fantastic, but you’ll come to realise that gaining knowledge in the art of translating complexity and quality to a good level of volume and profit will nearly always make you a more valuable professional.

3.       You will have cuts, burns and open wounds on your hands and arms mostly all of the time. You’ll go from being slightly embarrassed about it to feeling like a total badass.

4.       Speaking of burns, hot showers will be painful.

5.       Don’t expect time off for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries. Your kitchen team will come to need you more than your family do. In some cases you might even start to think of them AS your family.

6.       You’ll either become chubby or lose a heap of weight.

7.       It will become incredibly difficult to watch friends or love ones cook.

8.       Whether it be coffee, Red Bull or jellybabies, you will develop an addiction of some kind.

9.       People will think that you must banquet like a king, but honestly you willnever prepare nice meals for yourself – you’ll be too tired and fed up of being in the kitchen. In fact, you will consume most of your food out of the bottom of a saucepan hunched over a bin.

10.   You will develop a macabre obsession with knives. Or spoons, if you’re a Pastry Chef.

11.   Good quality produce will make you feel genuine love for the planet.

12.   Calling in sick for work is a moral lapse as clear and embarrassing as stealing from charity. It’s a matter of pride for chefs. At some point in your career you’ll see your Head Chef work the passe for ten hours so woozy they can barely stand. Unless you’re deathly bedridden, you’re expected to be there.

13.   You will spend all of your money on cookbooks and speciality tools.

14.   Your Mam will apologise every time she cooks for you.

15.   Types of people you’d even never imagined talking to will become your closest friends.

16.   You’ll develop KILLER leg muscles from standing 12 hours a day.

17.   Crazy endorphin highs will hit you after Saturday night service that will leave you unable to sleep for hours.

18.   Your friends will joke that you’re a member of MI5 as you’ve burned off most of your fingerprints

19.   If you are the right person, you’ll never ever dream of doing anything else.