How To Recruit the Right Kitchen Staff – Tips for Restaurants & Catering Businesses

Jun 20, 2022

The food industry consists of several key players – restaurants and catering businesses being two of the most vital. Unfortunately, they are also businesses notorious for a high employee turnover rate.

Because reputation is the primary driver of sales and success in a restaurant or catering company, they must hire the right kitchen staff to help establish and uphold the business reputation by providing quality food and services. As the labour market has become tighter in the last few years, the demand for skilled, dedicated, and experienced kitchen staff has only amplified.

Acquisition of talented employees and relief staff for your restaurant or catering business is the best way to stay ahead of the competition and make a name in the market for your establishment. 

Hiring the right talent for the kitchen can be tricky, even for a well-established business. So, if you are new to the game, it can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are several ways of looking for skilled workers for your kitchen. Below, we discuss some of the most effective ones:

 Dedicated Catering Relief Staff Agency

The best way to ensure that you find and recruit the right kitchen relief staff is through a dedicated catering jobs agency, like Full Circle Catering Agency based in Mansfield. From Head Chefs, Sous Chefs, and Chefs-de-partie to Cooks, Chef Managers, and Kitchen Assistants, we have a large database of relief staff for all kinds of catering business and kitchen requirements.

Since these candidates are already experienced and vetted by us, you can rest assured that they will provide the highest standard of service for your business.

General Job Boards

Placing an enticing advertisement on general job boards is still an effective way of finding the right talent for your establishment. Whether you’re looking for permanent employees or temporary staff, these job portals can be good places to advertise your roles and attract the desired candidates. Make sure your ad is alluring and conveys your requirements clearly to ensure you land the right employees who will stay with you for the long term.

Word of Mouth

Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool for restaurants and catering businesses. It is also an effective way of getting the word out about your staffing requirements. You can ask your senior kitchen staff and other employees for recommendations and select candidates they may have worked with previously in another establishment. This is one of the most convenient, reliable, and inexpensive ways of recruiting staff for your kitchen, even though not always effective.

Social Media

Social media is a great way to advertise job roles in all industries, including catering and restaurants. Social platforms like Facebook, in particular, are ideal for advertising your staffing requirements on dedicated groups and pages for your industry.

As people of all working-age groups and from all industries have a presence on Facebook, you can attract and find desirable candidates from your industry quickly. However, using social media for recruiting kitchen staff is not always effective or advisable as there is no way of checking the credibility of these candidates and can be a time consuming process.

 Regardless of the recruitment channel you choose, it is vital to keep a few things in mind at the time of hiring kitchen staff, such as:

  • Determine the specific skills you need from the candidates
  • Check the role requirements with your existing senior kitchen staff
  • Begin the seasonal hiring process early, preferably before your competitors
  • Provide adequate training where necessary to have everyone working in sync
  • Make sure the candidates are aware of your kitchen rules and way of working, so there are no surprises after they are hired

 Looking for a specialist recruitment agency to hire relief staff for your kitchen?

Get in touch with our friendly team at Full Circle Catering on 01623 404311 or fill out the contact form, and we’ll be in touch very soon!