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 Post subject: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:54 pm 

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Sorry, this is sort of the opposite of shaving, but it's related. Is a mustache/beard in the kitchen acceptable in most restaurants nowadays or is it considered unprofessional in any way? I'm curious to hear peoples' thoughts/experiences...though there might be some bias in a forum about shaving. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:45 pm 

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I showed up for a job at a defense laboratory with a beard in 1968 and for the first year I was known as a commie! Personally when I watch the Food Network and see long haired bearded chefs I cringe at the thought of that persons hair in my food. Warranted concern or not that's my wife and my opinion and one which I'm sure is shared with our friends and family. Acceptable in the back kitchen is none of my business but the owner has to make that call.


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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:09 am 

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Haha, interesting! Thanks for sharing. It's funny you mention bearded chefs on TV, as a lot of chefs sport beards nowadays. I wonder if that contributed at all to the acceptance/toleration of beards in the professional kitchen.


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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:24 am 

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I can't help but wonder if the Food Network and their sponsors didn't get viewers feedback. The show "Chopped" has some characters on there that I could easily mistake for San Francisco homeless folks :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:47 pm 

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Nope, get rid of it. I never allowed full length facial hair in my kitchens. Why risk it. A shadow is fine, full beard is a no go.


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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:23 am 

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:lol: Haha, Jack, I'm from SF so don't I know it! It's interesting to see chef's on TV compared to real life, though the chefs on "Chopped" are often introduced as restaurant owners or chefs, so perhaps a trend is emerging.

Kaleab, good point - better safe than sorry!


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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:48 pm 

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I work at a pretty high-end restaurant. A well groomed beard is ok, but no shadow. If one wants to grow a beard, they gotta wait untill vacation.


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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:20 pm 
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It seems the trend/fad for chefs/owners is to wear jeans with the cuffs rolled up to their knees, flannel shirt and a fluffy beard. Tattoos now seem to be a must, with chef knife tattoos getting more popular. Local, organic, sustainable, fresh, farm to table and all of the other magic buzzwords are a must to throw around!! If you look like that and talk about the magic words, you get on Food Network!! LOL. I've even seen beard nets now for bearded chefs.

Now for a rant!
When I used to watch the channel, mainly for the competition shows or DDD to get food ideas, I would laugh when I saw one of the stereotypical chefs. It's like they look for a chef to fit one of the stereotypes or the chefs act like that on purpose as their "hook" to make it on TV. What I find funny is these guys go so far with their appearances to be on TV, when most people don't see the chef because they are in the kitchen! Some of these chefs really seem to ham it up on TV.

One is the home cook looking to prove themselves.
Another is someone who came to the US to cook and wants validation for themselves or to show their parents they made the right choice.
Another is the "new Chef" (See above).
The next is the old grizzled chef looking to show they still have it.
Then you have Mr or Mrs flamboyant, who flaunts His/Her sexuality, whatever that may be.
Then you have "Nerdy Chef". Pocket protectors, hipster glasses, book smart type of chef. Often seen on either Worst Cooks or the Next Star types of competitions. Trying to act like Alton Brown/Ted Allen.
Then you have the female chefs. Some try to use sexy cooking as their hook. Others use the "I'm tiny but still Fierce" hook (even if they are massively overweight, they still call themselves "tiny") or the "I'm female, underestimated but still fierce".

I much prefer the real chefs that aren't fakes for TV. I prefer the people who plow thru and just buckle down and knock it out of the park without all of the drama, fan fare and games. I would LOVE to see Melampus, Salty and some of you guys fighting it out in a competition over the TV Drama stars!! I know you guys would be very impressive and I could actually learn some stuff by watching and see some damn good cooking, not just drama!
Ok, rant mode off!


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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:00 pm 

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If you got a beard at my job you got to have a beard net or hair net over your face. Alot of people do it because beards are all the rage right now


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 Post subject: Re: Beard in the workplace? Acceptable or not?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:30 pm 
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CORNBREAD <> It's 6 one way, half-dozen the other. Some Chefs are pricks about it; some could care less. I'm of the latter. In corporate gigs like large chain grocery stores, for example, beard nets are required to wear one.

taz575 <> You wrote: "I would LOVE to see Melampus, Salty and some of you guys fighting it out in a competition over the TV Drama stars!!"

You don't realize how close you were to that, but I think I scared the 3 Executive Producers of Fox I met with privately (w/PA's, boom mics, 3 digital Video recorders on hydraulics filming me) in 2009. They flew me to Los Angeles, locked me in a hotel with 24 other Chefs & cooks of which we were never allowed to meet each other while I went through MD physical examinations, PDOC mental evaluations, PI risk assesment, Exec Producer meetings, Producer meetings, PA meetings, etc., etc., etc.

I think I scared them because they called me back a year later telling me they wanted me for a smaller regional program about Angry Chefs. I would had done it, but that one I had to fly myself out for the filming, and I was of the opinion that if you wanted me, you gotta fly me.



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