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"Talent poaching" restaurants (split from Boston board)

Beachowolfe Apr 19, 2011 04:45 PM

[MODERATOR NOTE: This discussion was split from the following Boston thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7758...



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  1. MC Slim JB RE: Beachowolfe Apr 19, 2011 05:45 PM

    Several chef/owners complaining (via Twitter and Facebook) that Del Frisco's managers were walking into restaurants and recruiting employees while they were on-shift; when challenged, they'd claim they were "just promoting the restaurant". A few got tossed on their ears.

    Some industry folks consider this a crass approach to recruitment. It's something Del Frisco has done before in other cities, notably NYC. You'll recognize some faces at Del Frisco's that you might remember from long stints at places like Prezza, whose chef/owner first outed them for doing this (they got one of his longtime sous chefs, too).


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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      hiddenboston RE: MC Slim JB Apr 20, 2011 06:22 AM

      April 23? I'll be sure to clear my schedule so I can head over to Prezza for dinner that night. ;-)

      1. re: hiddenboston
        Gabatta RE: hiddenboston Apr 20, 2011 06:45 AM

        Make sure they overcharge you for your wine ;)

      2. re: MC Slim JB
        postemotional1 RE: MC Slim JB Apr 21, 2011 04:53 PM

        I don't think that this is immoral. If a server/bartender can get a better situation they should take it.

        1. re: postemotional1
          hiddenboston RE: postemotional1 Apr 21, 2011 06:47 PM

          But doing it in the restaurants while the workers are on their shifts? I think that's totally unethical.

          1. re: postemotional1
            MC Slim JB RE: postemotional1 Apr 21, 2011 10:53 PM

            Recruiting isn't wrong, obviously, nor is moving between employers. The perceived transgression here is on-site, on-the-job recruiting. Not everyone has a problem with this, but there are plenty of local industry folks who have joined in a recent discussion of this issue and called foul on the practice. Probably doesn't help that it's a big national chain, new to Boston, raiding small, independently-owned local restaurants in this fashion.


            1. re: MC Slim JB
              postemotional1 RE: MC Slim JB Apr 21, 2011 11:12 PM

              Who is calling foul? I think that I am on pretty safe ground when I say that it is not those who are being recruited.

              1. re: postemotional1
                hiddenboston RE: postemotional1 Apr 22, 2011 06:46 AM

                A lot of people are calling foul, and not just restaurant owners. I recently took a reader poll on this and "unethical/unacceptable" was the #1 vote by a good amount.

                As one restaurant owner said, the people being recruited aren't to blame if they decide to go elsewhere--it's the poachers who are coming into "their house" and luring them away while their workers are on shift.

                Read this, and at least respect the fact that there are more than a few people who find this practice unacceptable:


                1. re: hiddenboston
                  postemotional1 RE: hiddenboston Apr 24, 2011 07:49 PM

                  It is not 2000. That article is completely absurd. Methinks that the article was ghost written by a publicist for 1 of the establishments that have lost staff. The rise of "startenders" and niche scheduling have left many, many capable people without earning opportunities.

                  Maybe those being "poached" upon should ponder why "poachers" think that their employees night want to move on.

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