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Looking for a Pizzaiolo ? Find a qualified Pizzaiolo With Brigad

Pizzaiolos are skilled culinary professionals whose expertise is indispensable in various dining establishments. Whether it's a pizzeria, Italian restaurant, or a catering event, having a trained pizzaiolo is essential.

When a freelance pizzaiolo, often known as a Pizza Chef, is hired for a short-term work, their responsibilities typically include:

  • Crafting and baking a wide range of delicious and authentic pizzas, both classic and creative variations.
  • Managing and organising the pizza kitchen's inventory, including fresh ingredients, sauces, and toppings.
  • Ensuring exceptional customer service by creating memorable dining experiences for guests.
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the pizza preparation area, including ovens and workstations.
  • Strictly adhering to food safety and sanitation guidelines to guarantee the quality and safety of the pizzas.
  • Developing and upholding pizza recipes and preparation procedures to maintain consistency.
  • Adapting to the specific requirements and culinary style of the restaurant or event, which may include traditional or gourmet pizza offerings.
  • Collaborating with kitchen and service staff to coordinate pizza orders with other menu items and provide excellent food and beverage pairings.

Pizzaiolos are the masters of their craft, ensuring that customers enjoy delectable and satisfying culinary experiences with every bite of their expertly prepared pizzas. 

Traditional recruitment methods for a Pizzaiolo in London

Recruiting a pizzaiolo, especially in a bustling culinary scene like London, requires a nuanced understanding of both the local job market and the specific skills that make an excellent pizzaiolo. Traditional methods of recruitment have been relied upon for years, but they come with limitations that can hinder the process of finding the right candidate.

Word of Mouth and Personal Networks

Leveraging personal contacts within the culinary industry to find experienced pizzaiolos. This includes asking current staff, colleagues, and industry acquaintances for recommendations.

Limitations: This method is heavily reliant on one's immediate network, which may not be extensive or diverse enough to reach the best candidates. It also risks limiting the search to similar profiles and misses out on a broader talent pool.

Job Advertisements in Local Newspapers and Industry Magazines

Placing job ads in print media that targets the hospitality sector or local communities.

Limitations: The reach of print media is declining in the digital age, reducing the visibility of these ads to a younger, tech-savvy demographic of chefs who prefer online job searches. Additionally, this method can be costly and offers no guarantee of attracting suitable candidates.

Employment Agencies Specializing in Hospitality

Using recruitment agencies that focus on the hospitality industry to find skilled pizzaiolos.

Limitations: While they can access a wider network, agencies may not fully grasp the specific skills and cultural fit needed for a particular restaurant. The process can be expensive and time-consuming, with no guarantee of success.

Posting on Job Boards at Culinary Schools

Advertising vacancies directly to students or recent graduates looking for positions.

Limitations: New graduates may lack the practical experience required to jump straight into a high-demand kitchen environment, especially one that prides itself on traditional pizza making techniques. There's also a competitive market for the top talent emerging from these institutions.

Flyers and Signage in the Restaurant Window

Displaying "Help Wanted" signs or flyers in the window of the restaurant.

Limitations: This approach has a very limited reach and tends to attract walk-in applicants without necessarily vetting for the specific skills needed. It may not be effective in attracting highly skilled professionals who are looking for serious career opportunities.

Challenges Unique to London

  • High Competition: London's competitive culinary scene means there's a high demand for skilled pizzaiolos, making it harder to attract top talent through traditional means.
  • Diverse Talent Pool: London's diverse population requires a recruitment approach that is inclusive and capable of reaching candidates from various backgrounds.
  • Cost of Living: The high cost of living in London may deter skilled workers from accepting positions unless the compensation is competitive.
  • Regulatory Considerations: Navigating visa and work permit requirements for international talent can be complex and time-consuming.

Looking for a Pizza Maker for your establishment ?

Pizzas are so popular in the UK. From chain pizza restaurants to countless takeaways, British people love pizzas. Most restaurants offer a range of pizzas, and with a skilled pizza chef, you can offer more specialised, traditional, Italian-style, wood-fired, or stone oven-baked pizzas with organic ingredients and thinner crusts. 

If you have not had much luck with job boards or the use of temp agencies, and candidates in the hospitality and catering sector are not rushing in, lack motivation, or have not got the experience or skills you are looking for, Brigad is here to provide a solution.

Publish short-term work offers on the Brigad app or website to interested independent freelance Pizzaiolos and other hospitality professionals, who are ready to work and able to pick up short-term shifts and fill gaps in your staffing rota. 

With the Brigad business app (available for download via the App Store or Google Play), you can be easily connected with the Pizzaiolo your business needs.

What is Brigad ?

Brigad is an app that allows hospitality establishments to easily connect with highly-qualified, self-employed hospitality professionals in London and surroundings areas.

To start with, simply download the Brigad Business app via the App Store or Google Play. Create an account and you can get started. 

Sign-up for free and post a mission corresponding to your needs for a Pizza Chef in under 3 minutes. Chances are that your mission will be accepted within a matter of hours by a qualified Pizzaiolo. 

How to use Brigad when looking for a Pizzaiolo

Restaurant, pub, bar, café, and hotel food & beverage (F&B) managers, owners, or operators looking to hire independent Pizza Makers or other hospitality professionals can easily create a mission using the Brigad app. Simply select the dates and times, hours, days needed, the role needed, and add a description that details the requirements and expectations.

Your job offer, also known as a “mission” (the short-term shift for which you need filled), will be sent to only the most relevant, qualified, and fully vetted talents who meet your criteria. Once one of them accepts the mission, you will be notified and put in contact.

The Pizzaiolo will arrive on the day of the mission ready to work, as they will have received all the necessary information from your mission description to successfully complete the mission.

This means you can be confident in finding the right Pizzaiolo to fulfill your business's operational needs.

No more wasting time selecting a profile from dozens, or even hundreds of options. Post a new mission on Brigad in less than 3 minutes, then just sit back and let the  algorithm handle the rest. Only the most relevant talents will receive your mission proposition, and the most motivated Pizza Chef will be the one to accept it.

Invoices are generated and payments are made automatically, simplifying the process for your business or organisation's finance team. This allows you to focus on running your busy restaurant, pub, bar, café, or hotel food & beverage (F&B) operation.

Need to find a Pizza Chef in a hurry ? 

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Post a mission on the Brigad business app in less than 3 minutes. Two thirds of missions are accepted in under 2 hours. Fill your staffing rotas efficiently, even in urgent, time-sensitive situations. Problem solved.

Benefits of working with Brigad when looking to hire a Pizza Chef

Brigad provides a range of benefits for establishments like restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, and hotels, as well as catering venues and events in London and surroundings areas by facilitating connections with skilled Pizzaiolos and other hospitality professionals.

A strict vetting process

The hospitality industry is too busy and fast-paced for people who aren’t serious and committed to the work. After a rigorous vetting process by our team of experts, only the most qualified Pizza makers are offered access to the Brigad platform

As an owner, operator, or manager, you might worry about verifying the paperwork of the Pizzaiolo who is coming to work for you. However, you don’t need to worry about any of that, as we handle all checks for you.

All profiles on the Brigad platform undergo a strict two-step vetting process, executed by both the app and the Brigad team. This thorough verification ensures you work with only the best independent, self-employed (inside HMRC IR35), or freelance Pizzaiolos and other hospitality professionals. 

The backgrounds, IDs, employment history, and training of all Pizzaiolos are verified to ensure they are reliable and experts in their field before they’re able to accept any missions on the Brigad app. This way, you can be 100% confident that the person is who they say they are and have a legal right to live and work in the UK.

Important to note
Brigad is proud to boast a 98% show-up rate from talents (out of 100,000 missions posted and accepted since January 2022).

Essential Soft Skills of Pizzaiolos in the Brigad Community

  • Attention to Detail: Pizzaiolos must possess a keen eye for detail to ensure each pizza is made to specific standards, including ingredient proportions, cooking times, and presentation, ensuring a consistent and high-quality product every time.
  • Time Management and Multitasking: The ability to efficiently manage prep work, pizza cooking times, and simultaneous orders is crucial. This skill ensures timely service without compromising the quality of the pizza, even during peak hours.
  • Teamwork and Communication: Effective communication and collaboration with kitchen staff and front-of-house employees are essential for a smooth operation. Pizzaiolos should be able to clearly articulate instructions, listen to team members’ feedback, and work cohesively to maintain service flow.
  • Creativity and Passion: A genuine passion for pizza making, along with creativity, enables pizzaiolos to innovate and experiment with recipes, ingredients, and techniques, contributing to menu diversity and enhancing the dining experience for customers.

Only work with driven freelance professionals on Brigad

Freelance Pizza Chefs and other hospitality professionals represent their own interests and build their own network of customers, which is why they are particularly reliable and motivated. So, you don’t have to worry about last-minute surprises, like a no-show an hour before a busy restaurant opens or a wedding feast needs to be cooked.

Key Feature
Once you start working with talents, you can create a list of your favourites (for any job role), so that you can easily find and work with them again.

A dedicated assistance team

A member of the account management and customer experience will be assigned to you to provide support during your first month on Brigad to make sure that you understand the features and are making the most of the platform. Should any problems arise, our  responsive Assistance Team is available seven days a week to ensure that solutions are readily available for any situation that might be encountered.

Mission prices for Pizzaiolos in the UK

All prices are dynamically calculated to consider tension rates, ensuring competitive pricing tailored to your specific requirements. 

The cost is determined by multiplying an hourly rate by the number of hours you need a Pizzaiolo for. When you create a mission, you'll receive an instant quote

This is the fixed price you pay once a self-employed Pizza Chef accepts your mission, so there are no surprise costs or hidden charges.

A dynamic pricing means that costs are competitively calculated for each new mission. 

You have control over the pricing, allowing you to adjust it upwards if needed. This flexibility can enhance the likelihood of your mission being quickly accepted by talented independent hospitality and catering professionals in London and surroundings areas.