Where to find cooks?

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by youngjedinyc, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. youngjedinyc

    youngjedinyc

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    I am building a team for a new restaurant. It seems almost impossible to find talent in NYC, crazy I know. I've been using Culinary agents ( meh, a bunch of no shows) Poach ( few responds but nothing ) Then Craigslist ( lots of kids from mcdonalds applying or no replies at all ) 

    Where do you guys find them? I am thinking of trying out Team Harri next. 
     
  2. westbigballin

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    Craigslist
     
  3. chefedb

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    All the guys that are good already have jobs. You have to offer more $$$ to steal them.
     
  4. flipflopgirl

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    Poach a couple of seasoned cooks and then sift thru the culinary schools for a few likely candidates.

    Ask the chef-instructors at a culinary academy if you can "audit" a few classes and take your poached cooks with you as they may see something you might miss.

    Ask a few likely candidates to come stage.

    Keep in mind the really good ones may already be working so like @chefedb  said you may have to offer more $.

    mimi
     
  5. kingfarvito

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    If the pay is where it should be you'll get people. It just takes time. I've heard a lot about nicer places in NYC not hiring people without NYC experience. If you're doing that it could be hurting you.
     
  6. luvtheplate

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    I am currently working over in CT, but looking to get some NYC experience on my days off.  What are you looking for, and where are u located?