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Private chef transferring to full time chef for a chain. What to wear?

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I've been a private chef/catering cook (for 4years) transferring to chain casual dining. My question is, what do I wear, shirt and tie or chefs coat, pants and crocs. I don't want to give the wrong impression. The company I work for now does not have benefits or 401k, the chain does. How do I make a good visual impression?

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IMO, just as if going for an interview, wear a new coat, unfaded pants and your nicest work shoes. This is our uniform, if you were going to work in an office building, a suit and tie/pantsuit would be your uniform. Congratulations on your new job!

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I was always taught that when you go for the interview you wear a tie and suit, just like any other business meeting, and you are going to a business meeting, you're not there to start cooking.

 

I feel it's a rather dorky to show up to an interview in your chef gear. I believe you want them to see you as a business person that day, where you'll possibly  be negotiating your hours and your salary. I think you will be taken the most serious with a suit and tie.

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
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post #4 of 5

A pair of khakis and a shirt with a collar (cover your ink)

Not suit shoes, whatever that means for you (as you may be walking a kitchen)

Get a manicure as grubby fingers are gross and you will be shaking hands with people.

Seriously.

 

mimi

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If your in the USA then you can never go wrong with business attire ie... business suit or khakis with a white shite, tie, sport coat and not sneekers on your feet, and please not white socks. Shave or be neatly trimed if you have facial hair, clean groomed hair,bathed without a bath of cologne or perfume afterwords. Wrist watch if you wear one and a wedding band if you must wear jewerly.. brush your teeth and take something mild to refresh your breath with, if you smoke, skip it until after the meeting. Be professional, curtious, speak clear and look the interviewer in the eye. Remember that you are interviewing the company as much as you are being interviewed. Just my old fashioned advise but it has servered me well for 35 years in the business.

David
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