Can I Hire Someone Just To....

Discussion in 'Professional Pastry Chefs' started by scarletbegonia, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. scarletbegonia

    scarletbegonia

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    Hi~

    I am a pastry chef, baking for 5 restaurants in our corporation. I started when the owner had only one, 22 years ago, and now have the "pleasure" /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lookaround.gif of being a machine!! This is being done in a central location.

    I really enjoy what I am doing, but I will not be able to do it alone, when our busy season starts.

    I need to hire someone in March. I really only need someone to pan-up, press dough into tart pans, and bake product. It would also be nice to have someone help me clean up at the end of the shift. This would be a part time position.

    I know my company will not pay another pastry chef, but are open to hiring someone to help me.

    How would you go about hiring someone for this position? I know many culinary students would be quickly bored. We have a large well of employees in our company, to draw from. I am not good at this manager stuff!! Any advice would be appreciated~
     
  2. chefwriter

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    I'll reply in hopes you are still looking for a response. 

    Don't make assumptions about culinary students or anyone else. You are defeating yourself before you begin. Write up a job description and start putting it out there. The economy is still in bad shape and you won't know about anyone until you start talking to applicants. Just reading all the posts on this board should tell you there are lots of people interested in learning more about baking and cooking. Not every one wants a full time job. What you are offering could be the perfect fit for someone with little to no experience or a lot of experience. If I lived closer I would be interested just to round out my baking experience.

    Contact the culinary schools, local high schools, craigslist, local newspaper, senior citizens center, churches, local culinary supply stores, any where they will let you put up a notice. 
     
  3. scarletbegonia

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    Thanks for your reply...

    I actually just hired a woman that I have been working with for many years. She is a banquet server and I know she is a hard-working girl.

    I wasn't counting culinary students out. I know many pastry students are wanting to pull sugar, work with fondant and learn to make wedding cakes. I was just worried that making 20 cheesecakes, 40 chocolate cakes, 20 Linzer Tortes, etc. would be boring. I know I'm bored as hell!! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif    Now I will have some free time to do some different stuff. I just made some peanut butter mousse Swiss rolls. They looked great, but I can't make more than 8 at a time...

    I am just so used to working by myself, but with 5, instead of 2 restaurants...it is tough. This is a huge adjustment for me, so I'm glad I know this person well.

    I appreciate the response.
     
  4. foodpump

    foodpump

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    Scarlet, of course students want to pull sugar and all that fancy stuff, but work is work. Sooner or later the students will have to realize that no employer will pay for them to do that stuff.  However, what they do on their own time, is what they do on their own time.

    Paychecks come first!