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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hello everybody,
I am having some trouble on hiring a chef, and I I am trying here since you guys are the ones who know best . I am looking to hire a chef for a corporate company of 200 people. It is located in California, Los Angeles. It would be a chef cooking on a daily basis for around 15-50 people, able to cook simple as well as advanced menu's. I am trying to find some price ranges and have not had any luck yet. Would that be executive chef title or personal chef? I am a little lost since I am not in the food industry. Furthermore, what is the food cost per person per month ? I am trying to gather some information on what the cost of hiring a chef as well as food expenses would be.

I hope that someone has some advice for me.

Thank you

post #2 of 13
Hey Millie, nice to meet a fellow Angeleno!

Is this for a cafeteria/employee dining room? Are you doing plated or steam table?

For Los Angeles, you'll probally need to pay a salary of around $26K to attract a good person.

Your food cost % will depend on how fancy you want the food, if you are subsidising the operation or you just want it to breakeven. For sake of estimation, I'll say 50-65%. You can get some very nice plates for less the $3.00 of food cost.

You should also want to bring your employee participation rate above your estimated 16%

As part of the hiring process, you should have every applicant submit a weeks menu to see if they are thinking on the right wavelength.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for your reply it is very helpful and gives me a good idea of an estimated price. The chef would be for clients coming in our office, the amount various but average at 30 people on a daily basis and it would be plated table. We would be providing cookware food storage etc. Do you know how much basic cookware for 1 chef would be (pots, pans, knives etc) ?

Again thank you for helping me out here:chef:
post #4 of 13

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post #5 of 13
$26K in Los Angeles will not get you a good chef, assuming this is a full-time position. $26K wouldn't get you a good one here in Minnesota and we have a substantially lower cost-of-living.
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post #6 of 13
Millie might not even need a skilled Chef with a capital "c." Depending on the job specifics you could get by with just a "cook". The job could very well be a part-time job. I also meant that amount as a minimum cash wage. I also assumed that some form of benefits would be offered as well.
post #7 of 13
I find it hard to believe that anyone can make a living in Los Angeles at $26K with the cost of living "C" chef or not. I would think the lower end of the pay spectrum for this job would be in the 40s minimum and realistically.

For the amount of responsibility that would be placed on that person big C or not, I think you are looking for more than your basic line cook. (No offense meant to your position tincook - because from your posts, you are probably not your average line cook. I worked with some who could do it and others who would totally botch the job because of the planning and kitchen management skills that would be required in a position of this sort.)

Millie, my opinion is that you are looking to develop a kitchen and position that will vastly reflect the excellence of your company. Don't skimp on this. Your clients are not stupid and as a marketing person, clients sense and smell any inconsistency in company products and policies. Going low end on a chef and kitchen operation would be tantamount to buying a designer gown and wearing holey underwear from Target.

Also, make sure the person you hire has mad mad crazy great people skills and cooking skills! Why? Cuz you only think your employess beeeeotch behind management's back now, but send them in to eat inferior quality food from an inept chef and you will have the worst buzz-build and morale problem you've ever seen...only chances are, you won't see it or know about it until it is at the point where it's nearly impossible to fix from an hr standpoint, short of firing everyone and starting over with new employees. Your credibility with your employees would be completely lost and so would your respect from them.

If you are going to do this. Do it right. Don't skimp. Don't cut corners. There are places you can hide cutting corners...sometimes, rarely. This isn't one of those places. People place wayyyyyy too much importance on food for that to ever be the case.

Don't do it, PLEASE!
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thank you everybody for educating me on this matter, It has truly been helpful. I have a better understanding of what I should be looking for in an employee as well as the salary range. We would provide full benefits for the employee (whether he is part or full time) and based on the feedback it would be worth investing in a higher salary to make sure we get someone with planning and kitchen management skills to represent our company as well as be content with the salary provided.

Again thank you guys !
post #9 of 13
Chefs: What would you trade? Suppose the going rate for your position, 6 days/60 hours, no bennies, work every weekend, is 40k.

For me, gimme 401k/fully covered health and I'll take 36k. Gimme 40 hours Mon-Fri and I'll take 34k.

post #10 of 13
I think you sell yourself short kuan.

That's still barely making ends meet and that's not figuring the cost of living in LA.

25 years ago a friend went to LA to live and work in the ad business making $30k and it was sooo tough to even afford an appartment. I can't even figure out what it would be like today with the cost of living increases.

He ended up living in an apartment with 3 other guys.

Do you really want to live that way?

This job is all about profile for this company. At a very minimum I would be thinking it would be about $48K with full benes and Mon-Fri about 50-60 hours. And that's minimum.

I wouldn't personally do it for less than $65K
post #11 of 13
Yep, add $20K in Los Angeles. But say some less expensive place like West Lafayette IN or something. :)
post #12 of 13
Try looking up or any other career building site to see what they offer. If they don't list try calling them up as a possible applicant and ask yourself. gathering information from local business is a the better way of getting a rounded idea.
post #13 of 13
26K...hmm, place things in perspective.

After one year at Costco, the person who serves 1/4 lb. hot dogs makes 26K with benefits. 6 days, 60 hours...lots of overtime pay.

For an L.A. job, 65K with full benefits.
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