Called Tastie, one of the main focuses of the new business will be how recruitment can have a positive effect on the mental wellness of the people in our industry, says the chef.
According to Mullis, Tastie is different to some of the other hospitality recruitment agencies because he and his team have nearly two decades’ experience of working in the busy, high-energy environment of the kitchen, bar and hotel industry.
“Because of that, we know exactly what challenges you face in the day-to-day running of your business,” he says. “We have a great understanding of the types of people who make a difference, at every level.”
Mullis joined Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers in 2007 when it had one Michelin star and helped it receive a second in 2012 when he was head chef of the Marlow pub. He went on to become executive head chef of the group before leaving in 2019 after almost 12 years at the company.
“We all know that when we are happy at work we perform better and this has a positive effect on not only the business we are in but the people around you, from colleagues friends and family,” says Mullis.
“The moment we are in the wrong establishment, wrong position or have spent too long in one place (stuck in a rut) this has the exact opposite effect, making us feel unhappy and unfulfilled. Without recognising it it can manifest itself into something potentially serious for our mental well-being.
“At Tastie I want to use my knowledge of the industry as well as skills I have developed and relationships forged to work together with like minded places forming a ‘community’ to facilitate the growth, development and movement of our super stars as well as finding great new people for the future.”