May 08, 2013

You never complain, are NEVER sick and only answer 'Yes, chef': The 44 overbearing requirements for restaurant line chef

If you've ever dreamed of working as a chef, this job advertisement may make you think twice. 
FARMBloomington, in Bloomington, Indiana, listed an astonishing 44 requirements for a new line chef on the website Craigslist.
The demands include that candidates never call in sick, never complain and happily work several double shifts in a row without a day off. 
While the position certainly isn't an easy one, with its long hours and low pay, this restaurant's long list of required skills makes it sound like a job in a real-life Hell's Kitchen. 

'You never complain - especially about things the chef can't control like customer requests, the hours the restaurant is open, how busy or slow it is, etc.
'You cook your dishes exactly as the chef taught you, the same every time.'
On top of these demands, the posting adds that employees can only respond to the head chef with 'yes, chef!' or 'oui, chef!'. 

It claims this 'is the only proper response in a traditional kitchen', adding: 'All questions to cooks will be phrased such that “Yes, chef!” is the correct and only response. If it sounds militaristic, that’s where it came from.'
General manager at FARMbloomington, Harry Shafer, said a sous chef put up the job posting without reading it thoroughly. 
He told 'It was taken down as soon as we were aware of the negatives listed.  I promise that the ad does not reflect the kind of business we run.'
While the advert was only posted on Craigslist for a few minutes, FARMBloomington admitted that it is company policy that manages decide whether staff are unfit to work.
Mr Shafer continued: '"Sick" associates are most often just hungover, so it is our policy that the managers decide if they cannot work.'
But he added that FARMbloomington pays its hourly staff time-and-a-half if they work over 40 hours and they receive gift cards as bonuses.  
Mr Shafer said: 'Although we do run a tight ship and a very professional kitchen, I promise you our staff enjoys themselves while they are here (at least as much as someone can while working).'


  1. "Servers are fair game". I'd work there!

  2. Hers's my requirement: Kiss my ass!