Founded in 2003 we remain an owner-established business specialising in permanent recruitment to the catering and hospitality sectors.

We firmly believe there are 3 key ingredients to our success – our Candidates, our Clients and Us!

We effectively recruit managers and chefs for restaurants, bars, premium branded groups, city and country house hotels, gastro inns, event and contract catering companies across the UK.

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What We Do

We are dedicated to recruiting the best skilled people within the Catering and Hospitality Industry.

We focus on front of house management and all levels of chef positions in the kitchen, recruiting and interviewing candidates on a national basis throughout the UK.

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Clients

We understand that different clients have different requirements and so we pride ourselves on offering a bespoke service to ensure we find the right people for your business and support your future growth.

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Testimonials

With many years of industry experience, both operationally and in recruitment, we continue to grow year on year with most of our business based on personal recommendations.

“We have known and worked with Carole for many years and her company, The Recruitment Room. They really have a knack for getting under the skin of the business and are able to deliver exactly what our requirements are for our restaurants and bars, and the ongoing development of our brand.

They fully understand our company culture, and deserve to be part of our long-term recruitment strategy. And so, for that reason, there really is no other choice for us when it comes to the recruitment of key personnel!

Professional, thorough, and consistently going the extra mile are but just a few reasons why I would not hesitate to recommend The Recruitment Room when looking to work with an agency to recruit staff.”

Jon Charles

Director at The Laundrette, Manchester

“Very competent, very cooperative, and extremely collaborative in their approach to understanding our business. The Recruitment Room always seem to be one step ahead of their competition. The Recruitment Room evidently have a sound business plan of their own to be a successful recruitment agency. They have admirable integrity, they understand our company culture, and deserve to be part of our long term recruitment and employment strategy.

Their candidate profiling is sharp and accurate and communication is speedy. The results speak for themselves in that every candidate introduced to us by The Recruitment Room are of a high caliber, they are well briefed and fitting for the role, many of their successful candidates are the infrastructure of our management team and kitchens. They have helped us fill many roles and often are prepared to really think outside of the box.

I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to work with an agency, and we are proud to work with them ourselves.”

Michael Ibbotson

Provenance Inns & Hotels

“The Recruitment Room has made every effort to visit each of our restaurants and meet the managers in place to gain a greater understanding of each specific site and our requirements for the profile, experience and personality for our senior team. In doing this I can be assured that every candidate introduced to me by The Recruitment Room will be of a high calibre and as a result I have recruited many members of my management.”

Brett Boyers

Operations Manager at Giraffe

“We’ve used Carole and Paul from The Recruitment Room for filling several positions as part of our opening recruitment campaign for Headrow House in Leeds. They always understand exactly the kind of candidates we’re looking for and deliver a top-class service from start to finish would highly recommend them to anyone looking to use an agency.”

Ben Davy

Consultant at Headrow House/Ox Club

“The speed at which a solution to our recruitment requirement was found was remarkable and with a very high calibre of candidate.  Working with Carole made the recruitment of key positions a simple and professional process; one that I wouldn’t hesitate to repeat.”

John Wright

Operations Manager at Viva Brazil

“The Recruitment Room have been very effective in finding us good candidates. With their support we have recruited a number of managerial staff who have been instrumental in taking our business forward.  Carole and Sarah understand our culture and empathise closely with our brand.  They are also a pleasure to work with!”

Ian Leigh

Higher Performance Director at Chaophraya Restaurants

“There really is no other choice for me when it comes to Recruitment for key personnel. It’s got to be The Recruitment Room all the time. They really have a knack of getting under the skin of the business and are able to deliver exactly what the requirements are for the post.”

John Dammone

Owner of Salvo’s and Salumeria, Leeds

“We have used The Recruitment Rooms a number of times in the last six months to secure staff for the launch of Chop Bloc and continue to do so as our requirements grow.

Carole and her team have been a real asset to Chop Bloc helping us find senior members of staff that other recruitment specialists could not match in calibre nor experience.

We always feel confident interviewing candidates that are put forward to us by Carole as we have come to appreciate and understand the groundwork that The Recruitment Rooms have done prior to us receiving the application. It’s comforting to know that all candidates are pre-screened by Carole and their experience and calibre is verified and vetted prior to us meeting them which helps provide a more streamlined and coordinated approach to recruitment for us as a business.

Carole has successfully placed our GM and AGM through a headhunting approach and multiple junior members of staff through a broader targeted campaign. We have enjoyed a 100% retention rate with our senior staff members Carole has placed and we are very happy with their placements.

Carole’s specialist Chef recruitment manager Paul Lee has also placed our head chef who has been a real asset to our business. We spent a long time trying to find the right person to fill this role and Paul guided us through the process and found the perfect candidate for the job. Paul has continued to support us with Chef recruitment, helping to source additional sous chefs as the needs of the business has expanded. The calibre of the applicants we have received has been very high and we will continue to use the Recruitment Room to address our ongoing recruitment needs.

We had previously used local recruitment companies that promised us a similar level of service but unfortunately were massively disappointing. Our experience with Carole and her colleagues has been extremely positive and they have secured us the best candidates for the roles and have provided us great value for their service.

I am more than happy to discuss our experience with you in more detail, and am available on my mobile anytime. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

Dave Patten

Managing Director at Chop Bloc Ltd

“There are not many consultancies out there that really listen to what you say and understand fully what you need. Pretty much every application put forward from Carole and the team at The Recruitment Room will be someone that I want to hire – you can’t ask for much more than that from a great recruiting partner. Long may this continue!!”

Marcus Weedon

Senior Recruitment Manager at Carluccio’s

“The first time I have worked with The Recruitment Room and I’m sure it won’t be the last!

I was particularly taken not only by Carole and Paul’s in-depth knowledge of our hospitality industry – they clearly do constant research – but also by their innate understanding that great people make great businesses.

They are a pro-active, attentive pair and always quick to respond. They grasped very quickly my vision for the site and indeed helped me to refine it, and brought me a strong shortlist of suitable candidates from which I was able to recruit two high calibre people to the key positions of GM and Head Chef.

If you should wish to contact me via Carole, I would be only too pleased to reinforce verbally this brief written testimonial.”

Stewart Taylor

Owner of The Black Hat, Ilkley

“We have used the Recruitment room for two or three Le Bistrot Pierre restaurant openings, and exclusively for our most recent opening in Ilkley. Their local knowledge and professionalism has been incredibly helpful. The Recruitment Room’s approach to recruitment is not only professional but passionate, combined with their in-depth knowledge of the hospitality industry. They are thorough, trustful, diligent, helpful and good customers. We have a great business to business relationship with them. They have been a real help in recruiting in what are difficult locations.”

John Whitehead

Director at Le Bistrot Pierre

“The Recruitment Room have worked with us closely for over 5 years now and they have placed some fantastic people in front of house positions. They have really got to know us as a business and understand the type of quality we require. We have found them to be very friendly, organised and professional business who we will continue to work with.”

Marie Ramskill

Human Resources at Bettys

“Although agencies are not always ideal, we found The Recruitment Room really worked for us as the standard of candidates matched our criteria which is often not the case. Along with that, their service is professional, thorough and friendly”

Martin Wicks

Managing Director for Ashdale Hotels

“I have worked with Carole and the team at The Recruitment Room for many years and have always found them to provide an efficient, professional and comprehensive service They have a strong understanding of our specific sector and selecting the right candidates in all departments of my business, which is one of the reasons why when we need to use an agency we pick up the phone to them.”

Rena Gueller

Owner at The Box Tree, Ilkley (1 Michelin Star Restaurant)

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Candidates & Vacancies

We recruit for an impressive portfolio of clients and we are currently working with some of the industry’s leading restaurants, hotels, bar and pub groups, and event catering companies across the UK.

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Sous Chef – Busy Skipton Hotel

Skipton, North Yorkshire

£25,000

Sous Chef required for this leading Hotel in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Fantastic new job opportunity and better work life balance venture for a talented Sous Chef to join this amazing and talented brigade at this top Skipton hotel.

Sous Chef for this award winning Skipton Hotel must have a decent background having worked in some high end restaurants ideally a minimum of 1AA standard but more importantly have a genuine desire and passion to progress in this professional kitchen environment.

As the Sous for this Skipton Hotel you would work closely with the current Head Chef team planning the daily running of this busy operation with additional  support from your brigade.

This Sous position for Skipton would suit an experienced Sous Chef with a desire to progress and succeed in a professional kitchen environment with a stable background and looking to push on in this busy quality kitchen environment.

Working within a strong professional kitchen team cooking brilliant on trend seasonal food.

This is an amazing opportunity to progress your career in a fabulous environment where correct attitude will be rewarded!

Sales & Event Manager

Leeds (LS1)

£28,000

SALES AND EVENTS MANAGER – LEEDS LS1 – Boutique Event Caterers – £28,000

We are currently representing this leading boutique event venue in Leeds and have a fantastic opportunity for a Sales and Event Manager to join their friendly professional team.

Client
Our client is an awarding concept located in Leeds city centre. Their market is MICE and bespoke weddings.

Sales & Event Manager – Leeds –

  • Be currently in a Head of Sales/ Senior Sales manager role in the Yorkshire region with an understanding of the local Leeds market
  • Be experienced in developing and implementing sales strategies for all segments of the business, i.e. business travel, leisure and M&E. We are especially keen to speak to candidates with experience of selling and delivering weddings.
  • Have excellent negotiation, presentation and communication skills
  • Display strong strategic focus, commercial acumen, proactivity and the ability to manage people and projects independently
  • Have a thorough understanding of revenue and yield principles
  • Provide strong leadership and people management skills to be able to lead a team competently
  • Have an honest and friendly personality, with a positive, resilient and competitive nature

This Sales and Event Manager role, Leeds is a great opportunity for an exceptionally well presented and articulate individual to join a great team.

Chef de Partie – Premium Brand – New Opening

Southport

£9.00 per hour - 45 hour week

Chef De Partie – New Opening Restaurant for Southport – Premium branded operator with future new openings ahead.

Recognised as a progressive premium branded group we are looking for a talented young CDP to join this brigade for this exciting new opening for Southport.

We are looking to recruit a Chef de partie for this seriously good brand serving outstanding food, offering guests both a relaxed cafe style menu, and full restaurant service. 300 covers over 2 floors this place will be busy so looking for chefs who can cope with high volume fast paced environment.

A Generous salary is on offer paid hourly working 5/7 days –
This venue will be buzzing, modern with a strong emphasis on exceptional food. With future openings ahead this premium group can offer you a genuine career progression.

Head Chef

Rural Keighley/Skipton

£30,000/33,000 per annum

URGENT

Exciting opportunity in the Keighley/Skipton Area (Rural location).

Experienced Head Chef
30K salary – A well established, fresh food led pub

The Recruitment Room is delighted to be recruiting for this exciting food led pub operation in stunning village location close to Keighley/Skipton.

We are looking for a talented and experienced Head Chef for this destination pub for food and cask ales.

To be considered for this Head Chef position you must have worked within busy fresh food brand previously or busy gastro pub environment.

This is not a first time Head chef role as our ideal Head Chef for Keighley/Skipton will have previous experience as well as a fresh food background
In addition, you will cope well with the pressures of a high volume, fast paced operation.

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