The food and beverage industry across PEI is gearing up for a busy tourism season.
Employers are looking for experienced kitchen staff and new entrants who are willing to learn.
A Culinary Job Fair was held recently in Charlottetown. Many employers looking to hire cooks and kitchen staff were on hand to speak with job seekers.
This event was hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of PEI (TIAPEI). “PEI is known as Canada’s Food Island, and there is clearly a need for staff in the kitchens across PEI,” says Fallon MacKinnon, Human Resource Advisor.
“This is a trend happening all across Canada.”
For more employment options in tourism, visit www.choosetourism.ca.
The Culinary Job Fair was funded in whole or in part by the Canada/PEI Labour Market Development Agreement.
Some tourism businesses looking for culinary staff:
Cavendish Eatery and Local Market
- Prep Cooks
- Independent entrepreneurs
A large building in Cavendish that formerly housed a grocery store has now become a venue for local entrepreneurs.
Dave Ashford invites local farmers, artisans and craftspeople to rent space and sell local seafood, meats, vegetables, and handcrafts. He also plans to offer a venue for a farmers market and indoor yard sales.
Dave also runs Dave’s Land and Sea Eatery out of this location. He plans to hire kitchen staff to run the take-out restaurant.
“We plan to be open through September to provide the vegetables, meat and other necessities tourists are looking for. This is a great location for new entrepreneurs who want to try out their ideas.”
Ride Solar (Island Solar Transit System)
- Customer service staff
- a Red Seal Chef
- Prep Cooks
- Licensed Boat Captain.
“The business is all about clean green fun,” says Steve Arnold. Along with his business partner, Peter Ixkes, Steve is developing an Island-wide solar-powered transit system of water and land vehicles that also involve culinary experiences.
The solar-powered boat is equipped with a full kitchen, bathroom, WiFi, and large screen TVs. Ride Solar will offer daily eco harbour tours and nightly dinner cruises, and will also be available to host corporate events where people can do a lunch & learn and swim, all on the water.
“Over the next two to three years, we plan to have a solar water taxi service between North Rustico and New Glasgow and solar-powered rental cars and boats.
“We have an exciting plan for a solar-assisted 16-passenger “pedal bus” that will tour Charlottetown restaurants and historic sites.”
Mavor’s & Confederation Centre of the Arts
- Customer Service Representatives
- Box Office staff
- Concession staff for Confederation Centre
- a Sous Chef and possibly Line Cooks and Servers for Mavor’s
“A Sous Chef is the right hand person of the Chef who assists in the daily operation of the business and helps to maintain the standard, quality and consistency of the restaurant,” says Miguel Cervantes.
“This position requires someone who can manage people, is approachable, has leadership qualities and the ability to coach and mentor junior staff. Attitude, passion and drive are important.”
The Sous Chef position is year-round. The restaurant is closed Sundays and statutory holidays, which makes it an attractive employment option.
“When you apply, do your research,” says Miguel. “Visit the website, read up on what events are planned this year at the Confederation Centre, find out the chef’s name, and visit the art gallery. That knowledge will make you a much more interesting job candidate.”
To apply, visit www.confederationcentre.com scroll down and click Careers.
Other employers at the Culinary Job Fair:
- Lobster on the Wharf | www.lobsteronthewharf.com
- Rodd Hotels & Resorts | www.roddvacations.com/careers
- Murphy Hospitality Group | www.mhgpei.com/careers
- Peake’s Quay | www.peakesquay.com
- Inn at the Pier | www.innatthepier.com
- Cavendish Gateway Resort | www.cavendishgatewayresort.com
- Blue Mussel Cafe | www.bluemusselcafe.com
- Delta Prince Edward | www.marriott.com/careers
- Richards Fresh Sea Food | www.richardsfreshseafood.com
- Shaw’s Hotel | www.shawshotel.ca
- Fox Meadow Golf Course | www.foxmeadow.pe.ca
- JJ Stewart Foods | www.jjstewartfoods.com
- Rachel’s Ristorante | www.resortatcavendishcorner.com
- The Yellow House | www.facebook.com/pg/theyellowhousepei/about