I have read a few blogs from culinary students, and when it came time for their stage/apprenticeship, they chose not to disclose any information on their restaurant or chef out of respect. I have also read blogs were the stagiaire is not shy about who they're working for. What are everyone's opinions on this?
Fellow Stagiaires, is it Disrespectful to Disclose Info About Your Stage?
I believe it is at the discretion of your employer how open/closed you can be with information about them. If you are not sure about what to do, maybe you could ask your chef/manager? I'm sure as long as you portray the restaurant in a positive light and don't give away business secrets, they probably wouldn't mind.
I worked a short stage at a restaurant years ago that was (and still is) near the top of the molecular gastronomy map here in Chicago. I was very excited about this, but upon arriving, I had to sign a waiver/disclosure immediately informing me that I could not disclose any of the restaurant's/chef's secrets to the outside world. There are several unique procedures/cooking methods that make the restaurant stand out from others. This chef has patented several pieces of equipment that he invented for use in his kitchen. It was a very exciting experience, but obviously not the type of stage one would post constant updates on the social media.
I watch "Top Chef". Do I brag about it? Do I tweet about it? Do I put it on resumes?
Positions where I have been paid speak loudly enough about me that I don't need to add to the conversation.