13 Dec 2013

What Does It Take to Be a College Chef?

What Does It Take to Be a College Chef?

Although College Chefs only hires professional chefs, it takes more than a culinary education to work for the premier chef service for fraternities and sororities. Jake Sanders, Director of Operations for College Chefs, talked about what he looks for in new hires.

“Personality is a huge benefit to me,” Jake said. “Because this is not a setting where you’re in a restaurant, and you have your patrons come in, place their order, enjoy their experience, and maybe come back in a month.”

“This is where if you’re a member of that house, you see the chef every day,” he said. “You’re a member of a house; you are ingrained in their society. And you need to have the right personality to mesh with the house in this business.”

 Of course, when it comes to the basics, College Chefs need to:

  • Have a culinary degree and professional experience as a chef. (We only hire the pros!)
  • Have their own recipes.
  • Be creative with products on the shelf.
  • Know how to procure product from purveyors.  
  • Work within a budget.
  • Write creative, interesting, fun, exciting menus.

Jake also looks for chefs who can challenge their houses with new food experiences.

“In this day and age, people are so busy,” Jake said. “They’ve got soccer practice and drama club and this and that, so they don’t have time to sit down and eat as a family. So people coming into college don’t really get to experience the cool ethnic foods from around the world. Maybe they’re getting some really great cooking at home, but maybe not. So we’re able to expand upon what they’ve experienced in the past. And once you’ve earned the trust of the house, the chef is really able to play with the food and do some interesting stuff that normally wouldn’t be served to them. And because they trust the chef and the food, they’re willing to try it and love it.”

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