Adding a talented and innovative chef to your team is worth a lot of money in the hospitality business. Not only do high-end chefs keep your hotel and restaurant guests happy and coming back for more, but they can also help to define the personality of your hotel and attract new business.
The best chefs are getting offers from hotels and restaurants all over the world, so how can you incentivize your chef to stick around amongst all the temptation to leave?
1. Provide some freedom
Cooking is, at its core, a creative job for creative people. And just like other artists, your chef may want to get creative and try new and unique dishes. If your chef is already doing an excellent job running your restaurant’s kitchen and keeping your guests happy, try providing a little more freedom. Freedom creates space for creativity to grow and this is exactly what your chef needs to stay excited and engaged in the kitchen.
2. Trust your chef's vision
Following right on the heels of that freedom and creativity will inevitably be a clear and innovative vision for your hotel’s food service arm. A good hotel restaurant not only serves your hotel guests but also brings patrons in from your community, and if you're lucky, around the world. Your highly trained and energetic chef may be bursting with ideas for how to keep the vision of your hotel’s restaurant new and exciting.
3. Keep up the challenge
Often the best chefs succeed at their job, begin to do it excellently, and then get bored. Along with proving freedom and allowing them to set a vision for the future, help your chef find new ways to challenge his or herself. Perhaps that's by bringing in large events or preparing dinners to a specific theme. Any new challenge will help keep your chef interested and engaged.
4. Spend money to make money
Thanks to the internet age we have access to more information than ever. More now than ever, restaurant patrons expect organic, farm-fresh products, and high-end, international dishes. If you’ve hired, or are courting a talented chef who is interested in using local products or rare ingredients from the other side of the world, consider making an investment in the future of your hotel restaurant.
These days, fine foods and high-end dining have become an integral part of many families lives, not just the rich and famous. So there is even more than ever a desire for hotels and restaurants to hire talented and innovating chefs to manage their food service. If you need help hiring new food service staff, contact us today and we’d love to help you find the right people for the right jobs in your hotel restaurant.