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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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James’s Story – Internship with Three Q hospitality recruitment agency

This is my story about working as an intern with Three Q hospitality recruitment agency.  It was first suggested to me by a guidance counsellor through the social welfare office after I had been on the live register for one year that I should take a look at the jobs bridge scheme. My first thought was no way! I can get a fully payed job on my own. I just haven’t really being trying all that hard for the last year, as I had a part time position with an events company, which suited me down to the ground and anyway I had full confidence in my skills and my experience!  After I looked at what was available on jobs boards and having dropped my cv into every recruitment agency  in Dublin known to man (getting no joy from anyone) I finally reluctantly had a look at the jobs bridge website. I found 2 roles straight away that spiked my interest, one of which was with Three Q Hospitality Recruitment Agency in Dublin. I had a look at their testimonials and website and was really impressed.

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 After I applied I received a screening call within a day and then a follow up email and call inviting me in for interview. After 2 rounds of interviews I was offered the internship. It had been over 7 years since I had worked in an office environment so I was a little nervous and made plenty of mistakes at first. After 3 months, I had my first performance review, it went well enough but as I suspected I had made a couple of mistakes but having communicated them to me I did not make the same mistakes again. Another 3 months later and my internship was about to end, Three Q Hospitality Recruitment wanted to keep me on, however at that moment they were unable to hire me as there was no job available. They did however give me a great indication that if I extended my jobs bridge that there would more than likely be a job at the end of the tunnel.

Skip forward another 3 months and YES!! Three Q Perms & Temps had offered me a job, I was delighted, having not really worked in a small/medium sized business before.  I found my skills and expertise grew exponentially and much quicker than in a large company. That was down to the support and attention given to me by management and the team as a whole. My experience as a whole has been amazing and I have grown and developed new skills (a full 360 to when I was first told to look at internships) which I will now be able to take with me and transfer into any job. If I could give anyone looking for an internship some advice it would be to research the job and company first and then throw yourself fully into it, you will only get out of it what you put into it.

If you are interested in working for Three Q hospitality recruitment agency as a HR Candidate Resourcer Intern, click here