Do you know a Chef de Partie who is looking for a new opportunity within a great team based in Central London? If so, let them know about One Great George Street’s latest vacancy for a Chef de Partie. Reporting to the Head Chef, this role is ideal for a hard-working individual who is not afraid of a busy working environment and who takes pride in providing a flawless service. Recently crowned London’s Best Private Dining Venue at The London Venue Awards, One Great George Street has earned itself an excellent reputation for private dining in addition to banqueting, conference and its on-site Brasserie One and Café Bar cuisine.
We are lucky to have an excellent catering team at One Great George Street (one that recently helped us scoop London’s Best Private Dining Venue no less!) but over the last ten years I’ve worked at our Westminster venue I’ve noticed the process of recruiting new catering talent has become longer and longer.
I believe the biggest issue facing catering today is the lack of young people coming into the industry, which is creating a shortfall of skilled labour that is threatening to turn a problem into a crisis.
Before I begin please let me assure you that details I provide below relate to my real family recipe. Whether it is a secret or not is up for debate, but the fact that this recipe was handed down from my maternal Great Grandmother is beyond question. As for its secrecy it may be more accurate to say that this is a recipe shrouded in apathy because to my knowledge only my mother and I from the Wilkinson clan have ever used it. (more…)
This may be hard to believe but my road to One Great George Street (OGGS) really began way back in 1979, a few years before I left school, and was heavily influenced by just one individual. That person’s name was Margaret Thatcher.
“Strange,” I hear you say, “I don’t remember Maggie setting up too many catering initiatives in the formative years of her premiership” and you would be right, but in those early years there was very little else left.
The excellent One Great George Street website and blog do not happen by accident. They are the creation of our full-time Marketing & PR Manager and part-time slave driver, Katie McCarthy, who brilliantly manages the whole thing including all the blog contributors; a job akin to herding cats.
The way it works is this. Katie draws up a grand plan for the year’s editorial calendar including outline blog concepts and then we agree on five or six different subjects, each of which will have a deadline so that they can be ready for publication. There is, of course, room for spontaneous posts too, but I always know when a pre-agreed deadline is approaching because I get an email that is beautifully written but essentially a thinly veiled threat reminding me of the consequence of non-compliance. Usually at this point, I jump into action because I have forgotten the deadline. However, on this occasion I struggled to start the blog because I didn’t know how to.