The Culinary Job fair was held in March in Charlottetown. Sixteen employers from across PEI were on hand to speak with applicants about 85 positions. As the busy tourism season gears up, employers are looking for experienced kitchen staff and new people who are eager to learn.
The event was hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of PEI (TIAPEI).
For more PEI employment options in tourism, check the job board at www.choosetourism.ca.
The Culinary Job Fair was funded in whole or in part through the Canada-PEI labour market agreements.
Some food and beverage businesses looking for culinary staff
Brothers 2 Restaurant & Pub and Feast Dinner Theatres, Summerside
Brothers 2 Restaurant & Pub is in its 48th year of operation. In the off-season, there are about 25 front of house staff and 15 to 20 kitchen staff.
“We are looking for a baker to make our home-made bread and in-house desserts, and we hope to hire a chef from the Culinary Institute who can continue to put a creative spin on our menu,” says Lindsey Groom. “We are also looking for Line Cooks.”
The Feast Dinner Theatre will soon start its 41st season. It is located downstairs at the Brothers 2, and there is another location at the Rodd Charlottetown. It runs in the summer and at Christmas with 12 actors and three to five people in the directing team.
“This summer, we will be presenting a different story with a different team in each location,” says Sherri-Lee Pike.
“We are looking to hire Cooks and a Box Office/Public Relations person as well. The rest of the team, including the actors, is already in place.”
The Old Triangle, Charlottetown
The Old Triangle has been open year-round for 10 years.
“As the busier summer season rolls around, we hire more staff in front of house and the kitchen,” says Paul Mansour.
“We are looking for a Line Cook with a bit of experience, because it can be challenging to train someone who has never done that type of work in a fast-paced environment.
“We have a lot of great long-term staff, and our turnover rate is low. This is the first year we have found it difficult to find staff, especially for the kitchen.
“Hiring the right people is definitely more of a challenge than it was when we started 10 years ago.
“There is a lot of camaraderie between the staff in our restaurant, and there is potential to move up the ladder as you gain more experience.”
Apply online at [email protected]. “Better still, stop by between 10 am and noon or 1:30 to 4 pm with a resumé.
“We always like to meet people interested in applying with us.” Visit www.oldtriangle.com.
Red Island Hospitality Group, Charlottetown
The four restaurants in this group include Hunters Ale House and The Factory Downtown, which are open year-round, and John Brown Grille and the Charlottetown Beer Garden, which are open for the summer season.
“About 110 people work year-round and by peak season, we gradually ramp up to close to 200,” says Jeff Sinnott. “Quite a few come back every year, but I am looking to hire about 40 kitchen staff and servers.
“We are fortunate that many of our servers are students who return every year. We need people with some experience in those roles because it is so busy. The number of people applying for server jobs is endless, but it is always more challenging to fill kitchen positions such as Dishwashers, Cooks, and sometimes Chefs.
“To train people, we start them at the slower areas of work, and as they learn, we move them into the busier spots. They may start as a hostess or host and as they learn the procedures and the menus, they can move into a Server, Bartender or Manager position the next year.
“We are a bigger company, so there is room to move around, and there is an opportunity to make a career here.
“I prefer applicants to come in and see me in person with a resumé. That shows ambition. Don’t just phone and ask if I am hiring.”