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A group developed to discuss the different applications of a chef portfolio in recruiting, education, self promotion, and certification.

Website: http://www.Chefolio.com
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Latest Activity: Mar 8

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sous chef position

Started by Paul Joseph Mar 8.

What is the chef portfolio, buzz??? 2 Replies

Started by Mike Erickson, FMP,CDP,CHE. Last reply by Michelle Harris Oct 21, 2011.

Using Video Skills demos for recruiting and hiring in a online portfolio? 2 Replies

Started by Mike Erickson, FMP,CDP,CHE. Last reply by Mike Erickson, FMP,CDP,CHE Sep 27, 2009.

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Comment by Joshuah Jones on August 30, 2009 at 3:41pm
thank you my portfolio is starting to look great! i cant wait to add more to it!
Comment by Jenn Tidwell on May 18, 2009 at 5:52pm
Very useful words of wisdom, especially in regards to personal chefs and caterers...thanks!
Comment by Mike Erickson, FMP,CDP,CHE on May 6, 2009 at 7:05pm
Save a business card and copy of the menu from every job you work at. The contact information will always come in handy ten years later when you can not remember the address, phone number, your bosses name,ect. Also get a letter of reference when ever possible. It is always better to have someone else say how good of an employee you were than to pump your self up on a resume. Other people's testimonials and experience with you can be very powerful.
Comment by Heidi Woodruff on April 5, 2009 at 2:21am
Hi Mike. Great information to those of us just beginning. I am an avid photograph taking nut of all my work in school and out as well. I am still in school (El Centro) Dallas TX and have not ever worked BOH only FOH. I look forward to my first job. I think that you guys are great for having all this info out here for us to read and learn from. Thanks Heidi
Comment by Mike Erickson, FMP,CDP,CHE on March 30, 2009 at 8:50pm
Hello Tracy,

You portfolio can be presented in many different formats based on what you are using it for. If you are using it in an interview it should have five to ten of the best examples of your abilities or work.

Letters of reference from past employers are the most powerful! Let someone else tell your potential new employer how good you are and about their experience having you as an employee.

Pictures of food are fine, but limit it to one or two and be prepared to explain exactly how you prepared the dish and the techniques or methods you used. Pictures are only valuable in an interview if they are special and show a specific event, dish, or culinary technique.

If you are working as a personal chef, catering, cake decorate, or small business owner pictures are worth a thousand words as they say. Giving your potential clients an example of what the can exspect will help you sell your services - you and your cooking abilities.

The bottom line is culinary portfolios are only beneficial in getting you and interview or setting you apart from your competition based on what you choose to put in it and how well you have developed it.

I recommend to my students to envision what they want to become and look for opportunities to build their life story as a book of pages.

Everyone's story is different and chefs take different paths to get to where they are going. Thinking about the plan and what portfolio page or pictures you want in it will help you develop a powerful marketing tool to sell your self.

Lat thought - 50,000 plus culinary students a year graduate across the country and god know how many pastry students and cake decorators there are out there. Find a way to set yourself apart, be specific and find your niche, and have fun!

Check out my other website - http://www.Chefolio.com and let me know if you have anymore questions.

Culinary Regards!
Comment by Tracey Kuhn on March 29, 2009 at 10:32am
So, I'm a Baking & Pastry Arts 3rd quarter student, and just wondering, what format should you present your portfolio in? Some sort of folder, album? It would be nice to start putting it together, so I'm ready when the time comes... Thanks for your help!
 

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