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'There's no money': Chef writes brutally honest job ad for Glasgow restaurant

Terrible pay, irregular hours and a "kitchen the size of a closet." That's what chefs who want to work at Justin Valmassoi's new restaurant can expect. 
Justin Valmassoi posted an unusually honest job ad looking for a chef for his new restaurant. (Submitted by Justin Valmassoi)

This story was published May 22, 2015.

Terrible pay, irregular hours and a "kitchen the size of a closet." That's what chefs who want to work at Justin Valmassoi's new restaurant can expect. 

The 35-year-old restaurateur recently posted a job advertisement looking for a new sous chef. Fed up with receiving generic resumés, Valmassoi decided to mix it up. 

"I'm probably not nearly as frightening as the ad may have led people to believe," Valmassoi tells As it Happens co-host Carol Off. "I'd be perfectly normal in America, but, for Britain, I'm a little abrasive."

Originally from Michigan, the chef moved to Glasgow a few years ago. He plans on opening his new restaurant on July 1. 

"There's no money. There's £7/hr and some tips, 25-35 hours a week. Deal with it. I'm working 60 hours for half that," reads the ad. 

Here's what else he wrote:

"I don't care if you're super outgoing or actually mute. I don't care if you've got tattoos. I don't care if you only work in kitchens to get away from your horrible significant other."

​"I just genuinely need someone who wants to give people something just a little bit better," he says. "If you're not going to put something out there that you would rave about ... then there is just no point."

His ad also came with a warning to would-be applicants:

"If you have [a resumé] that says you're a 'hard-working team player that can also function well alone' and that you 'value customer service and punctuality,' I will stab myself in the face with a pencil and nobody will get a job," he writes.

Valmassoi says he hopes to improve the food scene in Glasgow. Having lived around the world, he tells As It Happens that Glasgow "is the first city that I've moved to that I've had legitimately bad food."   

Since posting the ad, Valmassoi estimates that he's received around 150 applications. He plans on interviewing 20. 

"I'm hoping that I have more than enough CVs to dig through," he says. "The law of averages is on my side." 


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