Let’s Get Smashed

No we’re not referring to the alcohol type of smashed but rather the tennis variation. You guessed it, it’s time for the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championship and as always we’re very excited.

Sadly not all of us have the luxury of taking two weeks off work to enjoy Wimbledon. At a push, we’ll wake up at the crack of dawn to queue for prime court tickets, but even then, that’s probably unlikely, especially for a true Londoner.

So how can enthusiasts make the most of London’s prestigious tennis fortnight? We have two recommendations.

  1. Avoid the crowds and arrive after 5pm. Not only will you most likely stroll right to the front of the queue, but you’ll also bag yourself a ticket for anything between £5 and £18 and you don’t even have to take a day’s leave. Many of the matches go on until 9:30pm, meaning you’ll have at least four hours of tennis viewing and the chance to soak up some of the atmosphere in the grounds.
  1. Replace Murray Mound with one of London’s Wimbledon screenings. There are a number of really cool screening pop-ups across the Capital. Find the one closest to you, take a packed lunch and pop a squat during your lunchbreak. Better yet, head there for some after work sundowners, the atmosphere is sure to be electric.

Where to watch:

Interested in temporary chef jobs at events like Wimbledon?

As we specialise in hospitality recruitment in London, we work with many clients who are looking for experienced candidates to fill their chef jobs roles.

Besides chef jobs, we also handle hospitality recruitment such as Chef de Rang jobs, receptionist jobs and front of house jobs for events like Wimbledon. 

Get in touch with Change Hospitality Recruitment to submit your CV and find out more about these hospitality job opportunities.

Wimbledon General Knowledge:

  1. How many kilograms of strawberries are eaten at Wimbledon eat year?
  2. How old was the youngest ever tennis player to partake at Wimbledon?
  3. In what year did the tennis balls used at Wimbledon change from white to green?
  4. How many people does Centre Court hold?
  5. In what year did men and women at Wimbledon start to earn equal pay?
  6. Who was the first person to be disqualified from Wimbledon?
  7. How many tennis balls are used during a Wimbledon tournament?


  1. 28,000kg
  2. Mita Klima from Austria who was only 13 years old (1907)
  3. 1986
  4. 15,000
  5. 2007
  6. Tim Henman in 1995 for smashing a ball into a ball girls face
  7. 54,250

The chef job divide

The Hospitality Recruitment Industry is changing – in fact it has already changed. Gone are the days when chef jobs in London were hard to come by or difficult to land. In fact it is completely the contrary, with the supply of talented chef candidates appearing to be at an all-time low due to the expansion within the restaurant industry in London. Talking to some of those in top chef jobs, they often mention the struggle they face when trying to recruit and retain talent for their kitchens.

As well as the shortage of candidates, hospitality organisations looking to fill chef jobs are facing an additional challenge in that motivations have changed over the past decade. Most chefs leading top Michelin-star London kitchens have backgrounds in the “old-school” way of working and therefore expect the same mind-sets from new chefs joining their teams. They also presume that the main motivation for candidates is career progression, as it was for them. But in actual fact we are hearing from hospitality candidates that having a healthy work life balance is their number one priority rather than career progression. Many chefs are no longer willing to work straight days every week in order to gain experience in top kitchens, as the value of leisure time has risen.

With most Head Chefs wanting passionate people to help create their menus to the highest possible standard and most chef candidates wanting to work and gain experience in the same great kitchens while maintaining a good life balance, both parties are now finding themselves in a bit of a predicament.

While the hospitality job industry remains candidate led, the unfortunate fact is that employers are going to have to rethink what they are willing to negotiate on when trying to land top talent or they may lose out to competitors due to basic supply and demand principles and shortages of chefs.
Our top tips for filling your chef jobs in London:

• Ensure you are using all recruitment channels available to you. Using a niche hospitality recruitment agency like Change can open up a pool of passive candidates that would not otherwise be available to you.
• Screen people upfront to find out how many hours and shifts they are prepared to work.
• Bring chefs in for kitchen trials as this is the only way to know if they will fit in both technically and culturally.
• Think about other areas you can negotiate on as well as salary.
• If you like a candidate, delve deeper into what their main motivators are. Sometimes you can avoid paying a premium by simply offering a benefit that the candidate values highly.
• Try to make the chef recruitment process and your decision as swift as possible. With such a shortage of candidates, good chefs will get snapped up quickly.

If you are a chef and are interested in a chef job in London, please get in touch with Change Hospitality Recruitment Agency. We work with some amazing restaurants, bars, hotels, events and catering companies across London and have hundreds of hospitality jobs for you to choose from.

For those looking to fill their chef jobs in London and may want to use a niche hospitality recruitment agency to help, Change is the company for the job! Take a look at what extra benefits we offer our clients and get in touch today to discuss your chef recruitment needs.