Hi there.... I need some advice on getting a job. I have been working small instutional kitchens for the past 10 years. I am very knowledgable and a very good cook. I do not have a cook certificate... but I am working on that right now.
My problem is I want to move up into a larger volume facility or restaurant, that has a faster pace to what I have been doing. I have been going for interview after interview for various jobs.. from University Kitchens to Restaurants. I seem to get an interview, but never get the job. I just found out that the recent interviews I went to have never even contacted my references... that are excellent by the way.
It seems alot of them see that I haven't done large volume on the line cooking, which I haven't. Can someone please give me some advice on how I am suppose to gain this experience if I can't get hired. Do I go for a small diner, or do I get stuck working at a place like Macdonalds to get the line experience.... any advice would be helpful.
Also none of the interviews that I have had have told me why I didn't get the job, is it okay to contact them and ask them why and what I need to do.