"More often than not, landing behind a prime New York stove involves a phone call to one man - someone known in a vaguely Seinfeldian manner, as the Maestro."
"Alfred Ehrlich draws on previous experience both as a food purveyor and
chef to run Kitchen Maestro, a recruiting business that focuses... on finding...
"A person who is creative and can cook is just a start," says Alfred F. Ehrlich,
owner of Kitchen Maestro, a New York City-based company that specializes in chef
placement. "You've got to get into the head of the chef and the people who want
to hire him or her. The right match depends on it."
"Getting chefs' jobs used to be an informal process, driven largely by word of
mouth. But now it is like any other highly evolved profession: there are headhunters
and agents to help.... Mr. Ehrlich, who once was a cook at La Reserve and worked
in the wholesale division of the Gourmet Garage, is well connected in the restaurant
"It takes one to know one: Kitchen Maestro, the new chef placement firm
headed by former chef Alfred Ehrlich, is busily assisting kitchen switchin' at
a number of NewYork restaurants."