I have a very well kept "beard", more of a glorified 5o'clock shadow, and keep my hair back off my shoulders. Not breaking any rules.. . .hell, I 'll even throw my ugly mug(I was about 50lb heavier then too) out there so you can see for yourself(taken after out annual No Shave November benefit, I am a recent cancer survivor, so the long hair is going for donation to locks of love)
Here is before:
Not to mention, how many famous Chefs/TV Chefs have tatts, beards, long hair now-a-day, is it really THAT big of an issue? I mean, If ZZ Top was back there, I would hope that Billy would NET THAT THING UP, but seriously, the human race has survived pretty well without baby faced culinarians making up the staff as an entirety.
People can have a beard, and long hair, AND BE put together, NET, CLEAN, AND WELL GROOMED. I fail to see what long hair, and a beard have to do with the talent/ability of a chef, bricklayer, author, or shoe shiner. What does it matter, if the end result reflects the poise, passion, balance, and skill of the person hired to do, what you hired them to do? Doesn't respect in the Food Service industry come from the results of the person, and what they are able to accomplish, whether it is to dial in food costs/elevate a menu or restaurant to the next level/head a dept that is failing, or falling behind. . . isn't that what a resumé and proven track record are for? Would you not hire them because of a beard, or long hair?
What about waitstaff that don't keep their hair pulled back, or in a pony tail? That is something I see FAR more often than anyone in a kitchen being un-kept, and it drives me bonkers. It seems that the more places I have dined out in the city, the kitchen crew, though salty, and surly looking in some places, are at least well groomed, well kept, and have it together. . . then, here comes Little miss so and so, with hair flying all over to the pass to pick up her plates for table X, walking through the dinning room, hair all akimbo, and nothing is said? WTF, mate?
Edited by 808JONO202 - 9/10/12 at 8:19pm