Line cooks, bartenders, and hostesses are as crucial as they are common in the restaurant business. However, creative restaurateurs are adding unique new positions to their staffing lineups to offer special services to guests or distinctive elements to their operations. Here are 10 unique new restaurant jobs that are helping eateries provide a truly unique experience.
Master Noodle Chef
Dinner and a show take on a new meaning at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills, California. These specially trained noodle ninjas take center stage to bounce and twist pasta dough to make hand-pulled Beijing noodles for the restaurant’s signature noodle dish.
You won’t find coffee cups or butter dishes like those at Herons in Cary, North Carolina anywhere else. That’s because Ben Owen III works under guidance from executive chef Steven Greene to handcrafts bespoke pieces for the restaurant.
You could call him the meat master. From hot dogs to tourtes, head charcutier Vivien Lallement makes an array of charcuterie products for Daniel Boulud’s New York City restaurants, including Bar Boulud and DBGB.
They’re beekeepin’ real at Apis in Spicewood, Texas. Chef Taylor Hall doubles as a beekeeper, overseeing the 20 hives on-site that provide honey for the restaurant.
Kinship’s co-owner Celia Laurent spends several hours every week deciding composition, color scheme, and creation of the floral arrangements for the Washington, D.C. restaurant. She hones in on sturdier species that can withstand the temperature changes in the restaurant and steers clear of flowers that have a strong fragrance, which might clash with the guests’ dining experience.
Yes, this job actually exists. Chris Leung gets paid (!!!) to manage the whiskey inventory of more than 2,700 bottles, provide recommendations to guests, hosts tastings, and oversee training sessions for staffers at Jack Rose in Washington, D.C. Plus, he gets to drink more than a fair amount of whiskey. [Read more…]