Paris at just past noon on a typical Thursday: Patrice Marnat’s Les Diamantaires is bustling. The comfortable restaurant in the 9th arrondissement is especially popular with lunchtime customers. Not only exploring tourists, but also office workers from the neighbourhood like to come here to fortify themselves on feuilletés au fromage, Armenian-style ravioli and tarte Tatin.
The perfect location in the heart of the metropolis on the Seine, a history reaching back to 1929, the creative cuisine of French and Middle Eastern inspiration – all of this contributes to the success of Les Diamantaires. But the most important reason guests keep coming back to the Rue La Fayette is the restaurant’s team. It’s the soul of the enterprise. Patrice Marnat employs a staff of 14 in his establishment, which, the proprietor and qualified chef stresses, “couldn’t exist without them and their dedication.” As Marnat says, “the restaurant competition in Paris is unbelievably tough – a professional structure and the perfect personnel line-up are crucial to survival.” Under such conditions, the search for expert staff can pose an existential challenge.
“I’ve already posted job offers on Culinary Agents – and received decidedly good responses. One especially positive thing I’ve noticed is that all the interested candidates were very competent.”
This is where the online job network Culinary Agents comes in, with pragmatic and reliable help. In the spring of 2015, METRO GROUP launched a cooperative venture as shareholding partner alongside the American start-up, which specialises in professional networking and job placement for skilled personnel in the hospitality industry. Culinary Agents began operations in France and Italy in autumn 2015. Patrice Marnat is enthusiastic about the new service: “I’ve already posted job offers on the platform – and received decidedly good responses. One especially positive thing I’ve noticed is that all the interested candidates were very competent and a good match to my postings.” Thanks to Culinary Agents, the restaurateur was able to quickly fill two positions with qualified employees. And that makes not only the boss happy, but also the guests of Les Diamantaires.