How important are networking and industry contacts for an executive chef?

The culinary industry is an industry that is based on mentors. Once a level of success is reached, executive chefs should seize the opportunity to shift roles from apprentices to mentors and offer the same opportunities to others. Influential mentors offer chefs invaluable experience that can complete formal training and prepare them for professional longevity. Mentoring is an opportunity to secure a legacy beyond the culinary achievements of an executive chef.

We understand the growing importance of the executive chef and the culinary program in the success of today's changing private clubs and hospitality organizations. Food and drink have become the most important service in today's clubs. We recruit and hire experienced chefs who have the education, training, and experience needed to succeed in today's industry. This includes not only culinary skills, but also administrative experience, staff management, service excellence, and financial and social skills.

These leaders must also be exceptional chefs with creativity and knowledge of current gastronomic trends. As executive chefs, it's your responsibility to give back, take other chefs under your wing, and offer the gift of mentoring. An executive chef can advise anyone at any time, every moment of contact with an employee is an opportunity for mentoring. Whether you dream of setting up your own food truck, becoming a food writer, or earning a position as an executive chef, a wide network of chefs and cooks can be a vital asset along the way.

Samuel Rockhill
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