A businesswoman has revealed a novel way for recruiting for her foodie start-up company… using Tinder to recruit male chefs.
Ariella Young quit her job as a City lawyer earlier this year to set up Mychefit, with the company aiming to bring the restaurant experience into homes by having professional cooks serve up a three-course meal in peoples’ kitchens.
Ms Young said that she has recruited male chefs through mobile dating app Tinder as an alternative to ‘corporate’ networking forum LinkedIn – speaking to nine chefs by swiping right, with six of them recruited to work for her company.
In one exchange with one Tinder match, Ms Young wrote she was looking for chefs with ‘personality, looks and cooking skills’.
Asked why she uses the dating app as a recruitment strategy, Ms Young told the Standard: “I’ve used LinkedIn as well but I find it is too corporate and not authentic.
‘With Tinder I can see the profile pictures and match the personalities I want to work for me. It depends on the nature of the business, but I would totally advise using Tinder.”
The 30-year-old revealed there had been no awkward encounters with workers looking for romance adding: “It isn’t like I’m in a relationship with them; the discussion is only based on a couple of pictures so I think you just adapt.
‘There have been a couple of flirty messages such as chefs offering to come round and cook for me one-on-one, but nothing inappropriate.
‘It is also a good business opportunity because they can choose the hours they want to work so they get a good deal.”
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