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Brigstock, Northants, United Kingdom, 2006/11/21 - A world created by chefs, for chefs, the innovative website ChefsWorld™, located at chefsworld.net is at the forefront of distinctive internet-based communication and business models.
ChefsWorld™ aims to empower chefs in the marketplace by opening up global communication channels between chefs, their employers and each other.
Explains founder, Timothy Capper: ‘[ChefsWorld™] is the result of my personal passion to empower and honour chefs. To create a platform for the chefs of this world to communicate with one another, share resources and information, find and educate a different breed of employer and give chefs the control they need over their environment.’
Basic membership is free and gives access to all the facilities on offer on the site and although ChefsWorld™ (chefsworld.net) is not a recruitment site, it does provide this facility.
As you log on to the site, making use of your own personal username and password, you will notice on the home page that you can do so as either an employer or a chef.
As an employer you may wish to place an advert for a chef’s position you wish to fill, search through CVs to find a suitable candidate, or find a relief chef to fill a slot while a staff member at your restaurant or hotel takes leave.
As a chef, you may wish to place your CV on the site (or update it as you gain more experience), read employer ratings before you accept a position, or rate a current or previous employer. You may also wish to share a few of the exceptional recipes you have come across in the trade, take part in the forum where you can share or gather pertinent culinary tips, search for a job or read messages posted to you by employers interested in your skills.
Whether you want to pick up fresh ideas, educate yourself in novel styles of cooking or just take the opportunity to work in a kitchen in another corner of the world – here’s the place to do the necessary networking. If you wish to, you can also offer other chefs the opportunity to learn new skills while working with you! All opportunities of this nature are free of charge. Pick a kitchen in which you would like to work, decide on your dates and send an email to the head chef asking to spend that time in his or her kitchen. Working under the camaraderie of ChefsWorld™ means that no-one is underutilised or abused in the process!
A man with a social conscience, Timothy recognises the plight of chefs internationally, who often have no financial support in times of need. Commenting on a difficult time he experienced, Timothy says: ‘I owned a small restaurant… in the Lake District (during foot and mouth). Overnight the business was in trouble and just paying my own lights, water and electricity became a nightmare. It dawned on me that there is no support for chefs. Sure there are all your associations about, but they don’t provide any aid when you need it.’
The only people, it seems, who understand what a chef does every day and how tough this is, are other chefs. The ChefsWorld™ Chefs Fund, consisting of ‘voluntary donations from members and other sources’ will now be available ‘to help chefs in times of need,’ Timothy explains. ‘This could range from a commis chef needing help to buy his first set of knives, to a chef losing his arm in a car accident who is waiting for financial aid.’
A British citizen, Timothy Capper qualified with an Honours Degree in Hotel Management. In his professional capacity, he belongs to the Hotel and Catering International Management Association (HCIMA), the South African Chef’s Association and the Cape Wine Academy. Timothy has worked in South Africa at the Rosebank Hotel, the Midrand Protea Hotel and Selbourne Country Lodge. He has also worked in the United Kingdom at Bush Hall Hotel, Pendley Manor Hotel and The Kent Bank Hotel, where as proprietor and licensee he increased occupancy from 17 to 40 percent and food and beverage turnover from ƒ78 000 to ƒ215 000. As chef-proprietor and licencee of Capper’s Restaurant, Timothy was the recipient of the 2001 Best Restaurant South Lakes award. His widely acquired experience on the hotel and restaurant scene has made him expertly placed to found and manage a unique site such as ChefsWorld™.