Orange Coast Hospitality Group

Orange Coast Hospitality Group is a consortium of hospitality and business professionals. We offer consultative support through partnerships and educational programs. From Design and Finances, to Management Operations and Hiring, we help your organization and your people be successful. Hospitality Management & Leadership Training With over 80 years of combined hospitality experience, our team provides […]

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Meet Nikki Dailey – Chef Owner of HEAT Culinary

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new culinary school in town! HEAT Culinary, located at The Hood Kitchen in Costa Mesa, offers cooking classes for home cooks, team building events and catering for special occasions. HEAT Culinary originally started in Carpinteria, CA., and has since expanded to their 2nd location in Costa Mesa, CA. […]

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ask chops

Do you have a job search question that you need answered? Send your questions to [email protected] We’ll feature answers to select questions and post them here in our “Ask CHOPS” column. Length of Resume? Q. How long should my resume be? A. Typically your resume should not be longer than 2 pages, no matter how […]

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Meet Veronica Reyes – Culinary Career Changer


A wife and a mom in her mid 30’s, Veronica Reyes had been working full time in the media technology industry for 15 years when she realized that something was missing in her life. She had a beautiful family and a prestigious career, but the passion in her work was missing. She loved to cook […]

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10 Restaurant Interview Questions


A recent survey in an Entrepreneurial Chef group forum asked restaurant managers, “When you’re interviewing a potential employee, what’s a question you always ask and why?” While there are the common interview questions, such as “tell me about yourself” and “why should we hire you”, there are also specific interview questions that are often asked […]

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5 Tips for a Successful Apprenticeship

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If you are thinking about culinary school or currently attending, one of the best opportunities you can take advantage of is the apprenticeship. Most culinary schools offer an apprenticeship program, where you are given the opportunity to work at the school’s on-site restaurant and/or bakery, or at an off-site restaurant, bakery or hotel where they […]

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How to Stand Out at a Job Fair

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Going to a job fair? Here are 10 tips to help you stand out: Research Before the job fair even begins, try to obtain a list of companies that will be participating. Go to the organizer’s website or call the organizer to see if you can obtain a copy. Once you have a list, highlight […]

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The Skinny on References

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Here’s the skinny on references. Yes, you need them. No, you don’t need to send your reference sheet with your resume. To delve deeper into the topic of references, read on: Who you should list as references: 3-5 contacts should be sufficient. You should list at least 1 former supervisor from each job you’ve held […]

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Top 10 Take-Aways from Inbound 2017

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We attended Inbound 2017 in Boston this week and thought we’d share our “Top 10 Take-Aways” for employers, business owners and sales/marketing executives. Inbound is a sales, marketing & leadership conference organized by Hubspot. This sold-out event has 20,000 attendees, 300 sales, marketing and leadership workshops to choose from, and incredible keynote speakers such as Michelle […]

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Meet the Founder & Owner of B. toffee – Betsy Thagard!

Betsy Thagard

For as long as she can remember, Betsy Thagard had a passion for creating unique gifts for family and friends, and that gift happened to be toffee. In 2010, she turned her love for toffee into a business, which is now known as “B. toffee”. She didn’t have a culinary degree or professional experience – […]

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