“You need an innate likeability between both the employer and employee. If the candidate jives with the culture of the restaurant and vice versa, then that's the making of a great partnership. I also look for people that are innately hospitable and warm. If I am interviewing a candidate and they feel comfortable and make me feel comfortable, then I know it's a good fit.„
One of the greatest lessons I have learned throughout my career is to be yourself. When you're in fine dining, the business can be very theatrical. You're always playing a role - it can be exhausting. If you can find yourself and be yourself in that role then you're no longer playing it. Your words and actions become much more authentic and profound.
I always look for compatibility when hiring aspiring professionals. You may be objectively a very highly-qualified candidate, but it goes beyond skill set. The plus alpha is where you find the partnership - and that's how I view employment.
I find inspiration from my father. My father has been a true gastronomer. He takes a lot of joy in talking about food in a critical way. I feel if I can please him, then I can please everyone - and therefore, he inspires me every day to bring excellence to the table.
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