Ok friends, I’ve got the scoop on a new site that is exciting for foodies and techies alike and frankly, it’s genius! It’s called Chef’s Roll and simply put, it’s the LinkedIn for chefs.
Chef’s Roll allows chefs to create online profiles for themselves where they can showcase their experience and abilities, including adding pictures and video. With their motto “Presentation is Everything”, it also allows chefs to market themselves in social media and will soon include a job board.
The first thing that comes to my mind is “why did I not think of this?” Seriously, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, LOVE all things food and have worked in media and tech. I’m grounding myself. Absolutely kicking myself. However, hats off to the founders in San Diego who DID think of this, Thomas Keslinke and Frans van der Lee. Finally chefs will be able to have an online presence and community where they can look for jobs and show off their stuff.
I’m very familiar with startups and new sites, especially living in an area where they are abundant. I’ve even written for several. This one has some serious clout. It’s been endorsed by Cedric Vongerichten (Perry St., NY), David Burke (David Burke Group), Taji Marie (chef, food writer, consultant) and one of my favorite chefs and tv personalities Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame. In fact, Top Chef has actually used Chef’s Roll for casting and if you have read my blog before or know me at all, you know I’m not only a Top Chef addict but actually appeared on one episode. (ahem! insert humblebrag here. Ok, there were four shots of me in a crowd and every single one was the back of my head- minor details.)
Chef’s Roll was also selected for a technology incubator program, Accelerate-IT’s Launch-U, to help the business quickly scale and grow. I think you will be hearing a lot more about this site, but remember you heard it here first and don’t forget to check it out whether you’re a restaurateur, chef or just an obsessed foodie.