Cooking and Hospitality Skills to Add to Your CV

As a chef, you will have picked up a vast quantity of skills over time. When it comes to writing a CV, many people may just write down the dates of employment and the job title of the experiences they’ve had working in a professional kitchen, rather than expanding upon on how each one provided them with different skill sets. This blog post will aim to break down the different types of skills and then give examples for each skill type.

Personal Skills

Working in a kitchen is a team-effort and requires various personal skills to keep everything running smoothly. Being able to list your personal skills will reflect well in any job but applies particularly to roles that involve working as part of a team. Some example of personal skills for a chef would be:

  • Polite
  • Friendly
  • Confident
  • Responsible
  • Reliable & Honest
  • Motivational
  • Cleanly

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Upcoming Food Fairs in Devon and Somerset

Somerset Food Fairs

Burnham-on-Sea Farmers’ Market

Held on the last Friday of every month, the Burnham-on-Sea Farmers’ Market is a great way to browse and purchase from both local and guest producers and traders.

At the market you will be able to find fruits and vegetables, breads, a range of meats and poultry, and plenty of locally caught fish and seafood from award-winning fishmongers.

This makes for an ideal for a day out if you’re in the area and it is an excellent way to scout new suppliers for your restaurant.

The upcoming dates for the rest of 2017 are:

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Personnel Solutions Surfaced Pro Competition 2017

Last weekend was the weekend of the Personnel Solutions Surfaced Pro competition, the first stop in the 2017 UK Professional Surfing Tour. It was a great weekend; we saw large crowds and we were really lucky with the weather. We had wonderful summery weather on Saturday, and after a wet start on Sunday, we were blessed with some blue skies and sunshine!

The event showed great surfing from all categories but the Under 12’s was a particular eye opener, as the level of skill at such an early stage in their surfing experience was truly great to watch.

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Michelin Star Restaurants in the South West

The Michelin Restaurant Guide was first launched by Michelin in 1900 to encourage people to travel by car through France. The guide listed certain restaurants as notable enough visit. Nowadays, Michelin stars are prestigious and highly sought after, and whilst the stars are awarded to the restaurant, the credit goes to the head chef. Michelin focuses solely on the food when reviewing restaurants, judging on quality, technique, consistency and personality. Restaurants can receive up to 3 stars, in total.

To determine where the stars will be awarded, several anonymous reviewers go out and dine in various establishments, make notes and then meet as a group to discuss. Restaurants that are awarded Michelin stars will not always be a fine dining experience, but the food will always be consistent and freshly prepared with top quality ingredients. For food-lovers, if a restaurant has made it into the Michelin Guide, it will be worth visiting. Continue reading

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Advice for Front of House Staff

When waiting tables, customer service is part of the job. No matter how busy or stressed you may find yourself, your employer will be expecting you to always present yourself well and be attentive to your customers. You will also find that the more helpful you are, the more satisfied your customers will be, and your efforts could very well be reflected in any tips they may leave.

Here are 3 tips to help you give great customer service in your Front of House role:

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Time for a Change? – Job Hunting Advice

Think it’s time for a career change? Maybe you’re looking to switch to a new chef role to further your experience or perhaps you’re an amateur looking to completely switch up your career? There are so many options out there, whether you’re looking for a new career, a promotion or if you just fancied a change.

Searching for your new chef role is an exciting time as it is the start of a new chapter in your career. The first step is to update your CV and ensure that all your professional experiences and skills are listed. Once you have done this, you can start to send it out to various vacancies, but where should you look for your next job? Continue reading

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WhitePepper Cookery Courses

WhitePepper is a leading cookery school based in Poole, Dorset that provides a number of cookery courses for students and professionals alike. They offer a number of specialist courses, which we have summarised below:

Food Business Start Up

This is a 5 day course that is designed to give aspiring food business owners a taste of the practicalities and responsibilities involved, covering topics such as risks, planning, marketing and finance. There is the chance to hear from guest speakers and listen to their stories first-hand to encourage you in your own business ventures. This course will cost £625.

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BBC Good Food Show Spring 2017

Friday 5th May – Sunday 7th May

Celebrate Spring with the BBC Good Food Show this weekend at the Harrogate International Centre.

Experience top quality produce from the UK prepared by professional chefs, visit an array of exhibitor stands at the Producer’s Village and be sure to try before you buy.

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Etiquette in a Professional Kitchen

Newly graduated chefs looking for their first industry role still have a lot to learn about the culinary industry and what it’s like to work in the ‘real world’. As is the case with many aspiring chefs, graduates that have secured their first professional roles will not have years of experience behind them and so entering a professional environment can be intimidating and overwhelming.

All professional kitchens are different, whether that be with the style of cooking, the dishes being served or the personalities you will be working with so you will need to be aware of what is going on around you so that you can adapt yourself to suit the environment. Below are several tips to help you understand the general etiquette in a professional kitchen: Continue reading

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The Importance of Presentation in Professional Cooking

Dining out is no longer just about the food, it is an experience to be enjoyed in several ways. Restaurants should have a good atmosphere and the food should taste great, but look great too. In fact, the appearance of the plate is crucial as it’s the first impression that people get of the food they are about to consume (so it needs to look the part!).

A well-designed plate of food makes the dish you are serving look considered and appealing to your customers. People enjoy food first with their eyes, and expectations of the food will be set based on what people see before they eat it so plating it up correctly could really enhance a customer’s overall dining experience. You may even find that they enjoy it so much that they take a picture of your dish and share it on social media which would be great (free) promotion for your restaurant. Continue reading

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