One of the top hotels in Hong Kong is waiting for a food connoisseur to check in. The Ritz-Carlton hotel is looking for an experienced chef de cuisine for its casual restaurant, The Cafe. Candidates should have good cooking skills and, preferably, experience in the hospitality industry in Asia. The hotel is looking for a creative person who is not just good in operations but also comfortable in a client-facing role. Sonia Lau, director of human resources at the hotel, said they were looking for someone with exceptional leadership and teaching skills. On a day-to-day basis, the chef will be required to take care of the menu and ensure quality. Creating new items, ordering food, tasting, scheduling and training will also be an important part of the job. The challenge, according to Ms Lau, lies in having the ability to balance internal operations with the need to engage customers and provide a true dining experience. In particular, Ms Lau wants someone who enjoys interacting with customers and can enliven the senses, introduce the menu and ingredients, and build relationships with customers. 'This is a difficult position to fill. There are a lot of skilful chefs but many of them don't have the natural talent to bond with customers,' she said. 'Customers enjoy talking to chefs. We want an extrovert, someone who can engage customers and present The Cafe in a professional way. The person should be a bit of a character with charisma.' Since the menu is international, including Asian and western dishes, the person should be familiar with both cuisines. The position of chef de cuisine comes with good promotion prospects. The person could either step into the role of an executive sous-chef in the restaurant or explore opportunities with the hotel's other establishments. This position, like all jobs at the hotel, is about delighting the customer. 'People here have the freedom to do what it takes to make a guest happy, to create exceptional experiences and to anticipate the guest's needs and wishes,' Ms Lau said. She added that The Ritz staff were empowered to take decisions on their own, as long as those decisions tied in with the hotel's philosophy.