Filling chef jobs can be one of the most difficult tasks in the world of recruitment. After all, every single chef cooks in a slightly different way. Read on to find out what some of the most important chef recruitment considerations are, and how each one can affect your recruitment strategy.
Your business identity
Establishing an identity for your restaurant is incredibly important. For example, if you’ve built up a reputation with return customers that expect simple bar and grill food, they might be thrown off when you hire a head chef that creates experimental and out-of-the-box dishes. The same applies to any cuisine, as your carefully developed public image could take a hit if you hire the wrong chef. Therefore, it’s ideal to talk to every prospective chef recruit about what they plan to bring to the kitchen, especially when you’re hiring talent from around the world with dozens of different food cultures.
The chef’s past
It is incredibly important to investigate the history of every one of your potential employees to make sure that they are a good fit for your restaurant. For example, a chef that previously worked as a home chef in China isn’t going to be suited for a job as a line cook working in London. Finding the perfect mix of previous work cultures and responsibilities will help you to find an employee that can slip right into the role you need them to fill.
Where your candidates are located
You may also wish to think about where all of your candidates are coming from. For example, the vast majority of your candidates might be based in the UK, but you can also search internationally.
Depending on the role, you could get your staff in the right position to apply for permanent residence in UK cities and towns. Although this adds a minor administrative step, you can cast a wider net and find a chef that is even better suited to your specific requirements.
If you’re looking to fulfil chef jobs from overseas, get in touch with the Vira International team today. We can help you streamline the recruitment process and get your restaurant on the right track.