What To Look For When Hiring Kitchen Staff For Your Restaurant

02 Jul 2015
| Last update: 22 Aug 2017

Great kitchen staff is hard to find, but at the same time it is hard to keep. Cooks can often find themselves in the situation of not being able to cope with what goes on in a kitchen.

It’s definitely not an ideal situation to change the cooks several times a month, because of the fact that they’re not able to keep up with the amount of work that has to be done. This article will help you determine what you need to look for when you fire kitchen staff.

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Being Able To Cope With Stress

Things are a little bit chaotic in a restaurant’s kitchen, and it’s important for a cook to always be focused on delivering the best meals for the clients.

During a good day, a lot of things can happen: from mixing up the orders, burning the food, not paying attention to client specifications, to running out of ingredients. These are pretty common situations that a cook needs to face in a proper manner every day.

These situations can cause a lot of frustrations, but a good cook needs to be able to prove himself that he can focused on fixing the situation, and not break down, or complain about it.

Being Reliable

Being the kind of person that doesn’t need to be supervised in order to do his job is a big plus for kitchen staff. The kitchen manager will not always be around, so a good cook will have to be efficient, even if there’s nobody around that will tell him what to do.

Being Able To React Quickly

In the kitchen, it’s all about reaction. Cooks don’t really have time to think too much about what to do next, or how to approach a certain problem. Their problem solving skills need to be instinctive and accurate.

In a way, it becomes a matter of second nature when working as a cook. Food needs to be delivered at the client’s table as quickly as possible, and any mistake needs to be treated in a timely manner.

Thinking In Advance

We’ve all been in that situation where the waiter came back after he’s taken our order just to tell us that they’ve just ran out of the dish we were dying to try.

Clients hate these types of situations, which can be easily avoided if cooks pay more attention, or if they regularly check whether they have sufficient food and portions in stock for the rest of the day.

Successfully Coordinate With the Other Cooks

In the kitchen, all the cooks need to be able to coordinate in a smart way, and to work with each other, not against each other. There’s not that much space in a kitchen when there are several chefs cooking at the same time.

A cook that is a good fit will know how to make room for one of his colleagues when he needs to use the oven, or to fry something in a pan. That way, everything will go smoothly.

Hire Only the Best Kitchen Staff

Looking out for the characteristics mentioned above will guarantee that you will hire only the best kitchen staff. The most successful approach would be to present different scenarios to the cooks that show up for an interview, and figure out whether they fit this criteria.

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