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  • Do pizza chefs need a CV?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We hear a lot of pizza chefs that don't have a CV. They have always found work through word of mouth or when that wasn't the case they would go for a trial and show their worth. Of course in our profession what really counts is being able to perform the job we are hired for: making good pizzas. There is no amount of words that can substitute 2 minutes at the counter. Some of my pizzaiolo friends ...

  • How to negotiate a higher salary

    Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Salary is always an awkward topic. . I know that feeling very well. As a young teenager looking for his first job I felt embarrassed asking how much I would be paid for my summer cheffing job, I almost felt it would be rude to ask as I felt fortunate enough to get a job in the first place. With age and experience I learnt that there is no harm in asking and that in fact a decent employer should ...

  • "The time to cook a Neapolitan pizza" interview. Round 1

    Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    This week we start a series of brief interviews, that as the title suggests, only take about 90 seconds. Our first guests is Davide Riccio, Chef Ambassador at Pizza Pilgrims. A you will be able to tell from some of the answers, he comes from Naples :) Let us know your thoughts and whether you can think of different questions 1. Would you rather fight one giant pizza or 100 small ones? 100 small ...

  • Pizzeria Suppliers in the UK

    Posted on Monday, November 8, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    From time to time we see this question asked in the forums. We don't believe there is a directory with a list of suppliers so will try to offer one here. Let us know if there is anyone else we should add. Carnevale (1 stop shop with the whole range. Delivers around the UK) Annessa (1 stop shop, now with a good wine list) Prestige Food & Wine Salvo 1968 Amato Food Products Delitalia (Sells Petra ...

  • Trip report from Manchester

    Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We have just spent a couple of days in Manchester where we visited a couple of show rooms and our friends at Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza. On the way there to make the first leg of the journey more bearable we stopped in Sheffield. We had a quick look on Google and http://napolicentro.co.uk/ seemed the obvious choice. Apart from the 300+ 5 star reviews on Google, sometimes you can just tell from the ...

  • Transitioning from Chef to Pizza Chef

    Posted on Friday, September 10, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Lately we heard of a few pizzaioli that switched from cooking in a professional kitchen to working in a pizzeria. This accidentally coincides with the release of our podcast interview with Gabriele of Pizza Lab in Amsterdam who made the jump himself. Initially we thought we would ask a few of our ex-chef friends about their experience with the aim of collating the info into a blog post, but when ...

  • Trial Shifts. To pay…. ? or not to pay…..? That is the question.

    Posted on Monday, September 6, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    TRIAL SHIFTS To pay…. ?or not to pay…..? That is the question. Trial shifts have long been a hot topic; coveted in the hospitality industry and relied upon to assess suitability of prospective employees, the debate on whether they should be paid or unpaid rages on. After seeing a post in one of our Facebook groups and a lot of uncertainty and disinformation around this topic, we have asked Kaajal ...

  • Who is up to be the next Pizza ambassador?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Last week I read with interest a brief post by Gavin Smith , Managing Director at Pizza Pilgrims, on LinkedIn, on the importance of making hospitality attractive as job and offering decent wages and work conditions. At Pizzaiolo Tribe we have been talking about this for a while, and we are not the only ones. The Caterer magazine pretty much features an article a week about this issue. In reality, ...

  • Communication fails

    Posted on Friday, August 20, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Today I had an interesting conversation with a Pizza Chef. He's looking for a new position because he has trouble with public transport. It is taking him sometimes 2 hours to get home in the evening. This made me think. Do employees and employers really communicate on a meaningful level. Shouldn't this person before even start looking for a job, try to find a compromise with the current employer? ...

  • Is automation the way forward?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    All this talk about salaries, the shortage of pizza chefs and endless posts on Facebook on how even £15/h salaries are not competitive is becoming frankly boring but also frustrating. The reality is a lot of pizza places outside large cities will always struggle to find pizza chefs, no matter what. Yesterday I read on the BBC News app that some places in the Lake District had to shut or work on ...