the only time this has happened for me was hiring someone who i became good friends with while working together for a couple of years. it worked out well. my current job needs a cook and i know a couple of people that need or want new jobs. i haven't known these people long. i've only lived here for a year and a half. the problem is we have never cooked together professionally. there has been some cooking at home and a lot of bs talking from them about previous jobs, where they've worked and what they've done. but what if they actually suck or just don't have the chops? plus you would have to see them ALL THE TIME. or the other way around... ever worked for a friend or have one offer you a job when you wanted or needed a new one?