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  • Don't squeeze your pizza chefs

    Posted on Friday, April 15, 2022 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    **** Don't Squeeze your team members **** In the last week alone I spoke to 3 pizza chefs that are leaving their current job because they are burnt out. They are called on their day off to cover a shift, they are asked to work extra hours and extra hard because of staff shortages. This is a real problem and asking our team members to work to exhaustion is like putting a plaster on a severed ...

  • Stay Focused: fewer pizzerias, fewer trials, better outcomes

    Posted on Friday, April 8, 2022 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    In the last week I have talked to around 20 pizza chefs. Some called me Thomas, some had to be reminded a few times of what positions and companies we were talking about. I get it, I have been there myself. You are looking for work, you have either been approached by many people or have applied for different positions and in the current climate, you have lined up loads of interviews and trials. ...

  • Contratti di Lavoro

    Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Premetto che parliamo del Regno Unito e piu' specificamente di Inghilterra e Galles, perche' in Scozia e Irlanda a volte le leggi sono diverse. Premetto anche che non sono un avvocato, e lo scopo di questo post e' solo di sottolineare alcuni punti cha a volte sono fraintesi, non notati o non compresi. Hai fatto un colloquio di lavoro, sei stato invitato per una prova e tutto e' andato bene. Tu e ...

  • Experience, growth and "il pizzaiolo finito"

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We often receive CVs that state: I have 20/25/30 etc years of experience or we hear the fateful sentence "sono un pizzaiolo finito" which translated word by word means: I am a finished pizzaiolo. For the life of me I don't know why people use this expression. Granted, in Italian it doesn't sound as bad as in English, probably because we know what people mean by that "they are the complete ...

  • Come Passare il test di Inglese B1

    Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2022 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Come Passare il test di Inglese B1 Recentemente ho dovuto passare questo test io stesso poiche' ho fatto richiesta per ottenere il passaporto Britannico. Per una persona che vive in Inghilterra da tanti anni e’ abbastanza semplice passare questo esame. Di solito si compara il livello B1 al livello "intermediate", ma credo che in realta' si piu "upper intermediate". Questo non e’ un test a ...

  • Vuoi lavorare nel Regno Unito come pizzaiolo? Questi sono i costi

    Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2022 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Quasi tutti i giorni ricieviamo messaggi di pizzaioli che vorrebbero trasferirsi a lavorare nel Regno Unito. Per info su cosa vi serve potete leggere il nostro blog . Ma per semplificare, in parole spiccciole vi serve: Un offerta di lavoro Un salario superiore ai £25600 Un certificato che attesta la conoscenza dell' Inglese a livello B1 (SELT). Per piu informazioni sull'esame leggete questo ...

  • I want to go to the States. Can you help?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Very often we are asked questions on our social media channels. They vary from the straightforward "Do you have any jobs", to general advice, to very specific and more difficult professional "How can I achieve my goal?" Last week a young Italian pizzaiolo sent me this message (I have shortened it and made it to the point): "Hi Alan, I have dream called USA, and I want to realise it at all costs. ...

  • A challenging year

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    This has been a challenging year with another series of lockdowns, stop and starts and staff shortages. Thankfully pizzerias as a whole seem to have survived and those that did takeaways have for the most part done well. We have seen a lot of resilience, quick thinking, adaptation and innovation in our industry. Great entrepreneurs thrive in this sort of environment. Well, they have to, as the ...

  • We are in Lockdown without even knowing it

    Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We are in lockdown without even knowing it. Most people have been primed and know how to behave when there is a lockdown: minimise socialising, don't attend large gatherings, meet outside whenever possible and DO NOT HAVE a Christmas party. Although Rishi Sunak was quoted saying "the Government is not telling people to cancel things. It's not closing down businesses", the message is implicit. All ...

  • Best Vegan Cheese for Pizza

    Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Once again we asked the Facebook community to help us find the best vegan mozzarella (vegan cheese for pizza). You can most likely order some vegan mozzarella from your regular supplier nowadays, but there are huge differences in quality and to be perfectly honest, having tried a few and even made my own I still struggle to find a good one. Let's also not forget that once you start using vegan ...