I’m pleased to announce a new partnership and the formation of Restaurant Talent Scouts, a new company to serve the staffing needs of Central Florida hospitality businesses. Scott Joseph Company is teaming with chef Rocky Tarantello of ROCInc, a restaurant consultancy, and recruiter Lenka Brady, owner of RBBR Marketing to form the new company.
What we’ll do is play matchmaker of sorts, helping restaurants and other hospitality businesses find qualified chefs, managers and beverage directors. We offer the perspective of a well known chef, a seasoned recruiter and human resources professional, and someone who has been critiquing restaurants and analyzing their needs for over 27 years.
“The expertise that each of us brings to Restaurant Talent Scouts makes us uniquely qualified to provide our clients with the best people for their operation, whether it’s an executive chef, a front of the house manager or a beverage director,” said Brady, who was previously part of JetBlue Airline’s recruiting team. “With Lenka’s experience as a recruiter, mine working every kitchen job there is, and Scott’s background critiquing food and service, we’re able to fully vet each candidate and send only the most qualified individuals on to be interviewed,” added Tarantello. “I know from experience that restaurant owners waste a lot of time interviewing job candidates who don’t have the proper qualifications.”
What sets Restaurant Talent Scouts apart from other recruiting companies is its fee structure. It’s a standard industry practice to charge a percentage of the employee’s salary, including benefits. It’s not uncommon for the fee for placing an executive chef to total tens of thousands of dollars. Restaurant Talent Scouts charges a flat rate regardless of salary. Clients pay only when a qualified candidate is hired, and they are guaranteed the new employee will stay on the job for a specified period. Job candidates never pay a fee.
Restaurant Talent Scouts is now accepting applications from both employers and candidates at RestaurantTalentScouts.com. All job candidates must go through a thorough vetting process. Those seeking chef positions may be required to demonstrate their capabilities in a professional kitchen setting.