About

Matching candidates and employers is like pairing good food and wine.

It takes insight, experience, and a passion for getting it right.

Our Why: Passion. 

Our purpose and passion is to create mutually rewarding pairings between chefs and new talent. We support professional chefs in Canada and around the world by placing top quality candidates trained in world class culinary schools who will positively impact their kitchen operations and team environment.

At the same time, we are helping the next generation of chefs develop unique culinary journeys and career opportunities in quality establishments across Canada.

How do we make this happen? 

We invest our time.

Success is built on trusted relationships. We get to know both our chefs and our candidates to make great pairings and expertly guide the process for efficient, effective, and long-term results.  

We carefully interview and evaluate our candidates. We assess motivation and career aspirations, and support them through their hiring and onboarding journey. We are experts in the key elements needed for them to be a fully engaged and successful new hire.

We get to know our chefs and their establishments. Deeper insights into your culture, team needs, onboarding processes, and development philosophies significantly contribute towards finding the right candidates and reducing costly turn over.

What do we do?

We provide talent solutions. 

We source and recruit worldwide trained and experienced culinary talent that matches Canadian employers’ needs and food philosophies while, at the same time, providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences and career opportunities for motivated culinary adventurers.

We also take care of all the tricky parts and work closely with top immigration experts who provide the best available counsel at reasonable rates. These experienced professionals find solutions for each candidate’s specific situation and for Canadian employers who need support with their part in the process including Labour Market Impact Assessments.

Ducasse Education:

Lifelong learning for culinary professionals – the new normal

In July 2021, Homard Bleu Talent was selected as North American Business-to-Business representative for Ecole Ducasse (Ducasse Education) to support professional chefs with unsurpassed, customized Master Class training programs from menu development to ongoing training for brigades. 

Based on a comprehensive culinary audit, Ecole Ducasse Master Class programs are developed to meet your specific needs, with instruction by distinguished Meilleurs Ouvriers de France chefs (MOF, or Best Craftsmen of France). Programs can be delivered either in your establishment, through live on-line sessions or at the Ecole Ducasse campus in France.

About the Founder

Hi, I’m Eric Belanger. I look forward to opening up a world of talent and opportunities that are normally too complex, risky and time consuming for most to consider.  

I had the privilege of living in Europe for 20 years and during that time I worked with over 2,500 international culinary candidates matching them with top chefs, securing rewarding work for them, and coaching them to overcome the challenges along the way to ensure solid career development. Check out their testimonials!

During this time, I developed long-lasting, trusted relationships with executive chefs around the world in a variety of venues including Michelin* establishments, conference centres and resorts, gastro brasseries, and prestigious hotel brands. I gained deep insights into what makes a good match and how to manage the process and expectations so that new hires are productive and long term.  My experience and extensive network enables me to provide custom recruitment solutions and top talent to meet today’s culinary labour challenges and your unique requirements.

Feel free to contact me whether you are an aspiring chef keen to explore working in Canada or an executive chef looking for a high-quality talent source with the added bonus of done-for-you services plus insights on recruitment, training, and retention strategies for your organization.

Eric Bélanger

Founder
Homard Bleu Talent