The Bonfire Grill, Seven Hospitality (Arrow Hotel)

During an Executive Chef / General Manager search for the Bonfire Grill located in Broken Bow Nebraska, we were able to gain access to resumes from the industries best talent! Thanks to Josh May and his group, Chef Placement Services.

Due to our location in Central Nebraska, the idea of obtaining high caliber professionals in the Food & Beverage Industry with experience all around the country both foreign and domestic seemed out of reach. Josh proved otherwise and was able to provide us contact and resumes with some of the best! It was a smooth and easy process better yet.

The Executive Chef our group identified with the most, Chef David Utley has been in place since hiring and has been nothing but a joy to observe as he rebuilds a team of F&B professionals right before our eyes. Not only excellent in his personnel development abilities, but also with the menu development. He's conscious and knows the audience, but also shares his worldly food talents when appropriate. We couldn't be more thankful and proud of the experience with Josh May, Chef Placement Services and our Executive Chef David Utley!

Shannon Jones, Director of Operations

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Raleigh, NC Private Chef

Jake and Chef Placement services were incredible in finding a private chef in record time. Extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and thorough. Can’t thank you enough!

Christopher, Raleigh, NC

Vintage Year Restaurant & Bar

After going through 2 chefs our first year I was looking for a service that could provide the right Chef for my restaurant, Vintage Year. Chef Placement Services found him! Chef Eric Rivera is doing an excellent job and is my partner in an upcoming venture! I would highly recommend their services!

Jud Blount, Proprietor

Canard, Inc.

Canard Inc is an established, high-end catering & events company located in the heart of the Big Apple. We partnered our search with Chef Placement Services as we searched for a talented Executive Sous Chef, as well as other positions. They are true professionals - responsive, great at understanding their clients' needs, and fun to work with! We can recommend Chef Placement Services unconditionally.     

-Kennard, Owner of Canard Inc.

Maggie’s Farm Wood-Fired Pizza

My experience with you was as professional and as helpful as I have experienced in this industry. You communicated a true interest in our success and not the usual self-interest that is so common. You gave me space to think and information to consider... I thank you for your contacts and professionalism.

-Jerry, Maggie's Farm Wood-Fired Pizza

Cafe 44

All of my communication with Chef Placements was very positive. I think your services are wonderful.

-Jula, CEO

Churchill Residential

We are so impressed with our new chef and the job that you did in finding him for us. You listened to our vision and requirements and found a candidate that was even more than what we could have imagined.

Robert B. Tinning, CPM Executive Vice President

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Confidentially, A Texas Based Winery

My experience with Chef Placement Services was great. You were very professional, knowledgeable and helpful.

Confidentially, A Texas Based Winery

Essex Country Club

Working with Chef Placement Services was a great experience as we searched for a new executive chef for our country club. After explaining our needs to the recruiting specialist, she supplied us with suitable candidates for the executive chef position.  What I loved most was the fact that the service did all the vetting!!! They only sent candidates that they knew would be great and fit the culture of our club. We interviewed six candidates, all exceptional,  and narrowed it down for two candidates to cook for us…the talent is still being spoken of. Our specialist was in touch with us during the entire process. We picked our chef and are excited for him to start. Chef Placement Services made this process a very enjoyable one. Thank you.

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Northern Spell Lodge

In April 2016, I was desperately searching for a qualified chef to run my kitchen at Northern Spell Lodge for the bulk of our upcoming season. That search led me to Chef Placement Services. Josh, you told me that you were sending me a “rock star,” and you could not have been more right.

Our guests, and I, have been extremely satisfied with the quality of [our new Chef]’s food. -- from breakfast to dessert, and everything in between. We have had avid salmon fishermen tell us that her salmon dish is the best that they have ever had. Considering salmon fishing is what drives this whole business, that’s an impressive statement. The creativity, flavors, meat temperatures, plate presentation, everything, has been top notch.

Scott Peakes Owner

Bacon Brothers Food Group

We used all the typical methods to find a Chef de Cuisine for Bacon Bros. Public House. Craigslist, social media, Eater, and so on. We were not getting the results we were looking for as we are a from scratch restaurant utilizing local farms with a heavy emphasis on whole animal butchery. The talent pool was simply not there and if the candidates were, we found it impossible to find them. We spoke with Chef Placement Services as well as other recruiting services. We liked that CPS was reasonable in their rates but the biggest selling point for us was that they are a company specific to our industry. We interviewed several viable candidates by phone and via Skype and liked several. In the end they found us the ideal candidate that seemed to be cut from the same cloth as our team with the experience and specific expertise required for the position. He has proved to be a great fit and is helping improve our systems while helping to push our restaurant to the next level.

We plan to use CPS in the future for an of our salaried position needs. We highly recommend them.

Some points:

-Great talent in their contacts

-Excellent communication

-Really spent the time to understand the right candidate for our restaurant

-Rapidly found the right candidate

Jason Callaway Chief Operating Officer

Lake Elmo Inn

We contacted Chef Placement Services after determining we needed a change in leadership in our kitchen. As a long-standing, award-winning fine dining establishment, quality, consistency and attention to detail are not negotiable. The team at Chef Placement Services exceeded our expectations by providing us with highly qualified candidates. After a careful review, we decided to go with the first candidate they presented to us. We have been happy with the results ever since. We highly recommend Chef Placement Services!

John Schiltz Chef/Owner

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Confidentially-Vegas High Roller

These guys are awesome!  CPS sent me an A-list pool of chefs to choose from, and we found the right fit quickly.  Josh & Jake are attentive and continuously follow up, and maintained the level of confidentiality I was requesting for my celebrity client.  I will definitely use their services again.

Confidentially-Vegas High Roller

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Confidential Private Client

Communicative and willing to accommodate.

Confidential Private Client

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Chef Lewis Sala

My experience with Chef Placement Services and Senior Chef Placement Specialist, Jake Sanders, is best described as stellar and sublime. Chef Jake's demeanor, precise advice, and ability to understand who I am was unprecedented from any other employer or recruiting company. Jake made himself available to me 7 days a week and well into after hours.


Additionally, Chef Jake coordinated the negotiations with my new employer and I to determine the perfect fit for both of us. When Chef Placement Services says they are Chefs that understand Chefs, you best believe it. There are a few other agencies that provide culinary recruitment, but Chef Placement Services is head and shoulders above them all.


At 62 years in age in this competitive market, finding and Executive Chef position is challenging. However, I was recognized for my professional experiences and culinary skill set for a much sought after position! I could NOT have done better alone or with other agencies.


I definitely recommend Chef Placement Services to any chefs looking for a new position and to any restaurants who are in need of a new chef.

Chef Lewis Sala

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Amy Fitzpatrick

I am a house manager in Laguna Beach, CA and I  contacted Chef Placement Services to find a personal chef for the family I work for that visits every Summer from overseas. Josh was very thorough in handling my request. He asked the right questions and with my answers he was able to provide me with 2 program options that I could present to the family. Josh has also kept in touch with me throughout the whole process to make sure that the hiring process was going well. I look forward to working with Chef Placement Services for future endeavors.

Gluten Free Gourmet

I am so pleased. It was very worth using your services.

Dana Hoppe Owner

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