Some do. Some look at you. I think the better chefs are like Bourdain. He said he could teach skills. You can't teach character. One can be an amazing cook, when they show up. I have often been in the same trap as you. They will make assumptions about you. Do the same going in, act on them gracefully and learn to play cards.
The best thing you can do is have no mind at all about them after the round is up. Only you. Jump hunting is gambling in a sense. Anything you think made them not hire you, may not be true, and if so, may be a good thing anyways. In the end, it all just what you thought. We all needs jobs, but we all need jobs that match up with us; who we are and what we want. Know your strengths, know your weaknesses. Sell your strengths, admit your weaknesses and work on them. Be honest with yourself, and be honest with those you may work for or do work for. Know when to pack up and jump ship respectfully and gracefully. Learn how to read the tea leaves.
I know I have been discriminated against because I do not have a culinary degree, despite the fact that I have over a decade of real solid cooking experience in mostly very heavy volume settings, and an eclectic variety at that. Maybe if he deigned to hire me, he'd find everything wrong with me anyways (I probably made as much as he did at my last job so screw him anyways!).
There are two people you work for in the biz, ones whose passion is money, and ones whose passion is food. Same for the employees. If they respect money, passion for food could be a red flag to them. You may want to talk other food or ask questions and learn something instead of mindlessly going through the motions. They want some robot who has done only that cooking, that type of menu, day in, day out, their whole working life. The closer one is to that ideal, the better shot at getting hired. If your last job was not the same, they will not hire you probably. If you care about food, you don't want to work there. Don't try to fit this to just get a job. We may need that job, but as soon as you take it, you've also taken its opportunity cost.
If you share a passion for food that the owner or chef have, they will see it if you are just yourself, and most of the interview is to see where you are at in life, as a person, and what they can expect from you. I've had interviews that were so informal because of the common vibe, that it turned into joking and a good time for a minute. These were the best jobs I ever had. This is a rare exception.
Cooking is a business. But it is also an art and a science. If you get too far away from one or two far towards one aspect, it is not whole. It lacks something vital. Do not go into a lopsided operation.
If no one there obviously gives a crap, it is just a job, that will be the same for you, but it may rub you the wrong way. Read the signs. Did they ask you anything that may inquire about who you are? Do they show you around at all? Like "this is your new playroom" or is it like court, you may not want to be taken away. How hard are they trying to sell you on wanting the job? This is key and ignored. If you may be what they want, because of who you are, they may be opening a line of assumptive dialogue. This place is cool, because we love this shizzle, join us. Or are you forced to only sell yourself? How much money are you going to make us.
Just learn from every non-hire. About the people, the process. The most important skill in this trade is finding the job!
For now I would suggest you forward that resume anywhere and everywhere and see what happens. But worry more about the cover letter! This is their glimpse into your very soul. Worry about the email, it is their first impression of you. These are what get the talking to you. Some people may decide already and the interview is just to confirm.
Hone how concise and cogent you can be in writing. Master how you summarize and explain everything verbally. Know how to emphasize what is relevant about the job! Do not be generic. The best writing, and the best speaking, and the best cooking is honest and specific. Approach it like you and that job have a mutual interest in being lined up, and this is why. If you write a better cover letter than most other people, you get farther.
Hiring is a process. First step, pick all the people you want to block from ever emailing you gain. email@example.com. Goodbye. Txt tlk n teh email. Nope. Weak language skills. Eh. Generic. Maybe. Definitely graduated high school. Phone call. Solid all the way through. Okay. Then filter again. Maybe put out another couple of ads, get new applicants. Repeat. They don't want to settle. You may know who you want to hire as long as they don't show up with BEER on their forehead. But, they may take another job.
If you're getting to interviews, you're probably doing these things right and come off one who showers and washes their hands after using the bathroom. Interviews are hard. They may take complete control. They may put it all on you. They may have no idea how to interview and it is awkward (they'll probably fail). Be wary of interviews too one-sided. Did the chef banter about his staffing issues to you and you're starting tomorrow? He doesn't have a copy of the menu for you to read to get a head start?
You may need the money. But, I have never had good results with this. Just as there are reasons businesses fail, there reasons they have staffing problems. McDonald's has huge overhead because the job sucks. This guy is probably a passive aggressive two faced psycho with no management skills or respect for other people. A mini McDonald's. His food probably is probably mediocre and you probably won't benefit from cooking mediocre food anyways.
Interviews are tough because you get one shot. How do you explain this and that. Oh they didn't even ask. Should I have mentioned it anyways. What does that mean? Did I really say it like that? You get better. Keep job hunting, get that down. But be real and realistic. Represent yourself truthfully. Know if they weren't looking for you, you only thought you were looking for them.
The best thing you can do is go for everything. Apply the same process they do without painting yourself into a corner. Don't get stuck on a few jobs. Keep your options open, but know what you will do when you have to make a choice. You may not get what you want. But you may get something better you never considered. Explore. Don't give up. Don't mislead people. Be thankful.
They may have already had someone lined up but had to do other interviews anyways. They may have weird thoughts about your moves without considering you're recently enlisted. You will work for people dumber than you that you still have to respect.
Don't get butt hurt 'cuz some jagoff didn't hire you and over think it. There is nothing wrong with what you've done so far. It's an employers market, and they take advantage, but it bones them, so they become bigger dbags and honestly present themselves. The big circle jerk only hits you in the face if you let it.
Many times they have plenty of qualified people and they may just pick one because they have to. They'd pick 5 if they needed to but one stood out just a little bit more for some reason; they may not put as much thought into it as you will. I have met and worked for a few weirdos that do the complete opposite of what most employers do.
If anything, there may not be anything wrong with what you've done, maybe how you sold it. Instead of just emphasizing temporary work, emphasize that the opportunity was closing and you wanted to stay working to keep learning instead of immediately being unemployed. They'll put the spin onto you to sometimes, don't you worry.
You may never know what they really want, they may not even know. They may be mulling it over and then someone's friend or nephew needs a job. Easy choice. The world is crazy and a lot of wasted energy sometimes. Avoid what you can. Have more for the next first day.
Sorry for the long post. Hope this helps.