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Celebrity chef traits found in the office


From the fiery Gordon Ramsay to the ‘search for perfection’ Heston Blumenthal, workers everywhere can be compared to celebrity chefs, according to a new survey.

The poll by recruitment outfit Office Angels reveals that almost half of workers believe they are multi-taskers with good organisational skills and attention to detail – traits readily compared to those of chef Heston Blumenthal.

One in five see fiery attributes in themselves, more commonly associated with Gordon Ramsay – working well under pressure and single-minded about achieving results. Also, 13% compare themselves to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage, applauding themselves as good communicators and able to react as part of a team in a short period of time.

In addition, 11% prefer to work on their own and at their own pace, traits associated with Nigella Lawson in the Nigella Bites series, and a further one in 10 see themselves as akin to Jamie Oliver – a cheeky chappie chef who gives the impression that he’s determined and resolute about achieving results.

Deb Gibbons, head of employee relations at Peninsula employment law service, told “Employers now realise the importance of having a team in place that has a diverse skill-set. It is, however, an individual’s unique talents and attributes that has a real impact on a team. It is these elements that lead to real success. In regards to the chefs, could many other chefs order around a group of novice cooks to produce high quality food in the way that Gordon Ramsey does?”

She adds: “It is important to find the right mix of different attributes when forming a working team. Although an employer may prefer those with a real fiery attitude and be tempted to employ a higher number of fiery employees, they should err on the side of caution and consider what would be best for the job in hand.”

One Response

  1. Accuracy
    Not sure the title of this is accurate.

    The survey “reveals that workers BELIEVE….”, which isn’t the same as actually possessing the traits described. Shouldn’t the titled more accurately be “Celebrity chef traits believed to be found in the office”

    Daily interviewing of candidates reveals most BELIEVE they’ve got “excellent communications skills” yet cant string sentences together.

    Then again most people BELIEVE anything.

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