What does everyone where for interview for chefs positions? Just wondering, i alway felt awkward in shirt and tie but almost to causal in khakis and a polo.
Depends upon establishment and location. For me, the attire was different for San Francisco than it was in the Caribbean. Different in the Sierra Gold Country foothills, etc. Different for hotel than for gastro pub than for culinary school instructor, etc.
It is VERY easy to dress down, i.e. remove your jacket, loosen your tie, roll up your sleeves.
It is VERY difficult to dress up, i.e. put on a jacket you do not have, tie the tie on a Polo shirt, roll down your short sleeves.
For me (remember I'm OLD!), nice slacks (not Dockers or Khakis, SLACKS!), lace up shoes (preferably wingtip ), white, long sleeve shirt & tie, sports jacket.
Whites and knife roll in, or at, hand.
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Funny that these threads come up in bunches.
I agree with all the above but would like to add...
Dress for the place you are interviewing at.
Honestly do you have so many interviews in a single day that you can't dress to fit the establishment? If you do have that many then say f''em all and wear what you like! You are the commodity, baby!
If you want a job at a specific place then you should dress to 'fit-in' at that place... hell if you have the means you should have been a customer at that place a few times also just to see if it's what you like and/or need and how to dress like the locals.
OK. I agree w/ Pete. But I'm not that old, so Dockers or Khakis are alright in my eyes. After that, nobody of "working age" wears "wing-tips" any more, unless you're ready for the final dinner. Having your whites and knife-roll, or as in my case my working bag, are an absolute go.
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.
Whatever it is that you decide is appropriate for the restaurant you're applying at - for God's sake make sure that it's clean and neatly pressed! That goes for your shoes, your fingernails etc. No crumpled shirts either!
I'm always amazed when someone walks in and they haven't cleaned themselves up. If I don't want to shake your hand I sure don't want you in my kitchen!