A chef is the heart of the restaurant. You can have the best food and the best service, but if you don’t have a chef that can deliver a quality meal, you’re not going to keep customers coming back through your doors. If you’re looking to start up a restaurant and you’re seeking a chef, there are a few things to consider.
Many chefs want complete control over their kitchens, so before you hire you need to decide just how independent you’re okay with your chef being. Chefs want to be involved in the hiring and firing process because they’re going to be directly working with the kitchen staff. They also want some control over the menu and ingredients. If you’re not willing to work with them on these points, you’re not going to keep them around. Developing a working business relationship is super important.
You also need to ask yourself some questions and come to an agreement with your potential chef, such as deciding who owns the recipes, and whether or not outside work (books, television and other media) are allowed for the chef if he/she is interested in pursuing those things.
If you’re looking to form a partnership or give your chef equity interest in your restaurant there are legal considerations. You want your chef to be committed exclusively to your restaurant for a negotiated period of time, so it’s important he/she has an interest in your mission.
For more, read the full article here: Don’t Get Burned in Your Kitchen