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Quitting a Chef’s Job

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Have you been thinking of leaving your current chef position and looking for new opportunities with Mitchells and Butlers? If you have, you will want to consider the way you leave your current place of employment. The commercial kitchen scene is a small world and you will probably run into someone you used to work with at various points in your career. 

Here are 10 good things to remember when quitting your Chef job  

  1. Give Notice

You are usually required to provide notice of your plans to quit your job in advance. The details are listed in your contract and you should check the time constraints. Typically, you will have to give 2 to 4 weeks’ notice, depending how many hours a week you worked and the position of chef that you occupy. Don’t make it hard on your former employer by leaving the business with no chef. The professional approach is always the best.  

  1. Hand In Your Notice Face-to-Face

Don’t pass your notice of resignation to your employer by email or text message. It is good form to deliver this letter in person. It is always the best plan to be polite and cordial with your former employee, even if you aren’t on best terms with them.  

  1. Don’t Tell Your Colleagues Before Your Boss 
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The chances are high that if one person finds out about your plans to leave, the boss will be the next person to know about it. Make sure you have spoken to your boss before you make your plans known to anyone else.  

  1. Return Any Of The Kitchen’s Possessions

If you have taken or borrowed anything from the kitchen, like books, utensils, equipment or ingredients, be sure you return these before you go.  

  1. Take Your Employer’s Contact Details

Once you have left your job and begin looking for other positions to occupy, you will need to provide a full list of your former employers. This is the primary reason you will want to collect the contact information and end on a positive note with your employers. Be sure you have personally spoken with your boss, asked for their contact information and made sure it is ok to use them as a reference for future employment.  

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  1. Offer To Train Your Successor 

One great way of making a good impression with your former employer will be to offer to stay on a bit longer and train the replacement. This can also be done in the few remaining weeks left after you have handed in your notice. It is most likely that your boss will decline the offer, but it is good to make an offer anyway. 

  1. Avoid Quitting When You Are Stressed 

If you feel like quitting because you are stressed and frustrated, make sure you take the time to calm your mind and think clearly on your plans to leave before speaking with your boss. This is an important point to make sure you are not leaving on a bad note.  

  1. Give It Some Time Before Returning 

If you have left your job on bad terms, take some time to let things cool down before you show up again. This goes the same for popping in to say hi and looking for a place to eat.  

  1. Referencing 
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If you plan on using your former employer as a reference, be sure to let them know that you will be doing this. This way they will be expecting a call from your future employer at some point. If you are not on good terms with your former boss, consider asking the head chef or your direct superior for a recommendation and reference.  

  1. Don’t Talk Badly of Your Boss 

The same goes while you are working under your boss as well as after you leave and begin working for another company. Many employers will be leery of you if you begin to speak bad of your former employer. Furthermore, you never know if your prospective employer is good friends with your former employer and you always want to make a good impression.

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