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Eighteen Chefs is a social enterprise that serves a variety of quality western cuisine dishes at affordable prices.
Founded by ex-offender Mr Benny Se Teo in 2007, Eighteen Chefs Pte Ltd is a social enterprise that serves a variety of quality western cuisine dishes at affordable prices. It engages youths-at-risk and ex-offenders through its on the job training, and has employed them across its outlets. Such employment of the beneficiaries makes up about 30% of its current staff strength. Eighteen Chefs adopts an innovative dining concept that allows customers to mix and match dishes and sauces in over 100 combinations. It also provides the customers a creative platform to do artwork on its restaurant walls. In addition, it has also embarked on unique service initiatives such as providing cooking classes during off-peak periods, as well as giving talks to schools and corporations as part of its community outreach programmes.
Eighteen Chefs is not just a local business; it is an enterprise with dreams to “save” those from the crooked ways. A platform for troubled youths and those with conviction backgrounds; providing them a safe and non-judgemental working environment… A chance for ex-offenders who wants to reform and are seeking employment that could be a start to something positive.
We are looking for individuals who share the same vision of quality western cuisine dishes at affordable prices and providing disadvatanged groups a safe and non-judgemental working environment through franchising.
2009 - Honoree - Spirit of Enterprise Award
2010 - Simply Dining Award from Simply Dining
2012 - Social Enterprise of the Year from President's Challenge
2013 - Emerging Enterprise award from The Business Times and OCBC Bank.
2015 - RAS Epicurean Star Award 2015 for Best Chain (Western) Restaurant and overall Best of the Best Chain Restaurant.
2015 - SME One Asia Award
Initial and on-going training and support 18 CHEFS undertake:
To provide initial training to staff of the Franchisee, covering various aspects of the Business and standard operating procedures;
To provide on-going training and training materials from time to time as deemed necessary by 18 CHEFS to improve the skills, product and equipment operating knowledge of the staff;
To provide the Franchisee with on-going management, business development, operating and sales & marketing advice in connection with the Business, by telephone, fax, mail and electronic mail; and
To visit the Franchisee for the purpose of reviewing market development, actual performance, problem solving, budgeting, planning and transfer of new products and services, in connection with the Business.
18 CHEFS shall make available to the Franchisee any current and up to date improvements, enhancements or upgrades, which are incorporated to the Manual;
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Potential franchisees must meet the following basic criteria:
Share Eighteen Chefs Vision & Philosophy.
Possesses entrepreneurial frame of mind with social responsibility.
Able to meet financial and operative requirements.
Positive energy to create and manage an organization under EIghteen Chefs corporate support.
Positive attitude, willingness to accept 'change' and trainability.
This is a franchise business for sale. For more details, please send a message to arrange for a non-obligation initial discussion.
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