Fellow Stagiaires, is it Disrespectful to Disclose Info About Your Stage?

Discussion in 'General Culinary School Discussions' started by dnomyar, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. dnomyar

    dnomyar

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    I have read a few blogs from culinary students, and when it came time for their stage/apprenticeship, they chose not to disclose any information on their restaurant or chef out of respect.  I have also read blogs were the stagiaire is not shy about who they're working for.  What are everyone's opinions on this?
     
  2. ras1187

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    I believe it is at the discretion of your employer how open/closed you can be with information about them. If you are not sure about what to do, maybe you could ask your chef/manager? I'm sure as long as you portray the restaurant in a positive light and don't give away business secrets, they probably wouldn't mind.

    I worked a short stage at a restaurant years ago that was (and still is) near the top of the molecular gastronomy map here in Chicago. I was very excited about this, but upon arriving, I had to sign a waiver/disclosure immediately informing me that I could not disclose any of the restaurant's/chef's secrets to the outside world. There are several unique procedures/cooking methods that make the restaurant stand out from others. This chef has patented several pieces of equipment that he invented for use in his kitchen. It was a very exciting experience, but obviously not the type of stage one would post constant updates on the social media.
     
  3. dnomyar

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    That is a good point.  I am starting my stage today and I chose to keep my restaurant and chef confidential.  My friends think I am being a snob for doing this, but I didn't think it was appropriate to disclose the information.
     
     
  4. cheflayne

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    I watch "Top Chef". Do I brag about it? Do I tweet about it? Do I put it on resumes?/img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif

    Positions where I have been paid speak loudly enough about me that I don't need to add to the conversation.