Careers

Ooooh, I see an opening!

We’re looking for a talented, resourceful, and creative chef who’s equally good at cooking, training, and coming up with ideas.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop recipes. (Make sure you know what type of food we cook!)
  • Cost out the recipes and organize information via spreadsheets.
  • Do feasibility studies whether the food will fit in our menu from an operational, branding, and demand standpoint.
  • Train our restaurant staff to execute the recipes.
  • Refine and polish our operations to make sure that we avoid mistakes, increase our speed, and get food out hot & fresh.
  • Look at other areas in the company where our food can be improved.

Skills & Prerequisities:

  • Culinary school grad—preferably from schools with international affiliations.
  • Fresh grads okay.
  • Must be organized and does not easily get overwhelmed by having a lot of tasks.
  • Possesses leadership skills to work with all types of people.
  • Must be able to communicate very well to all sorts of people.
  • Creative and resourceful.
  • Has great, world-class taste. Exposed to different cuisines around the world.
  • Comfortable working with numbers.
  • Likes to move fast.
  • Constantly consumes food content: cooking shows, books, etc to search for inspiration. But does not like to copy and values originality.
  • Has unreasonably demanding standards and only wants to make the best food possible. Expects the same from others.

Job Details:

  • This is a full-time position.
  • Work will be done either from (1) home or (2) in our restaurants.
  • Salary range is 18-25k net, depending on your skills & experience.
  • Very helpful if you’re a fan of our restaurants and understand what we’re trying to do.
  • You’ll need a constant internet connection since we communicate online.
  • Will occasionally need weekend work.

How to Apply:

  • Send us at least 5 photos of food you’ve made that you’re proud of and explain why. Show us your range. (From home cooked to more upscale dishes.)
  • You’ll find the steps to take under “Next Steps to Get Hired”

How We Choose People

Choosing who to work with isn’t so different from choosing a group of friends. We avoid superficial traits, look for shared values & interests, and find ways to nurture the relationship long-term. It goes without saying that we’re also looking for the right skills and talents.

We only work with people we like and respect. That only plays out if everyone practiced kindness, self-awareness, dependability, honesty, and a genuine concern for the well-being of the team.

Culture Fit

Do we have a shared view of people and the world?

Goals Fit

Are we both working towards the same destination?

Skills Fit

Do you have the right talents & skills to help our team?

Above all however, we still place considerable weight on a person’s impact. To build a better team, we need to find the right people and put them in the right places. One of the key things we look at is a track record of success and leadership: if you’ve had meaningful success, achievements, self-started initiatives, or leadership in any kind of field (sports, academics, a hobby, etc.), that would be a big boost to your application.

Tolerance & Rationality

Most people understand basic values that all companies look for: honesty, hardwork, generosity, etc. But we’d like to point out two that aren’t frequently discussed.

The first is tolerance. We believe people should be given the choice of how they want to live their lives. We don’t tolerate any sort of oppressive views or behaviors: racial, social, gender-based, or political. We want to create a safe place to work and this means respecting people and their personal choices. (Unless those personal choices oppress others, then we’ll need to intervene.)

The second is rationality. We don’t bring any sort of anti-science, religious, or superstitious beliefs to our workplace. In this day and age, this shouldn’t be necessary to mention, but we get our fair share of over-zealous applicants.

Training & Learning at Work

We hire for potential, attitude, and fit, not for experience and degrees. Because of this, we generally hire inexperienced but talented people, so we spend a lot of time training.

However it’s important to note that we don’t do lengthy, university-style classes or workshops.

People learn faster when simply hurled into the pool. This means that all new hires need to prefer googling things over waiting for a savior with answers. We prefer people who know how to help themselves.

We help people grow through repetitive and frequent feedback. We let everyone do the work, screw up, get feedback, and try again. Those who know how to adapt and improvise learn quickly and grow fast.

Workaholics who Rest

We don’t have an office and we run a completely remote team, but that doesn’t mean we take it easy.

We like working with people who give heavy importance to getting good & doing great work above most things. Hungry people make a great team.

Conversely, we see rest as an equally stubborn need. We avoid unsustainable work practices such as habitual all-nighters or never-ending notifications. We respect breaks and everyone (except the people in our restaurants who need a fixed schedule) gets no-questions-asked vacations when they need to.

We have several work-life principles that we follow, but here are the 3 most important ones: (1) Work as much as you can without burning yourself out, (2) Your work is measured by your contribution, not your time, (3) People who work longer, harder, and smarter outperform everyone else eventually.

In short, the more time you spend learning and the harder/smarter you work, the faster your career will grow. And if you prefer a milder pace, that’s okay—but if you get left behind, and you’ll need to take responsibility for that.

Not an Easy Path

Some people apply for work at Lowbrow because they think it’s fun and easy. Convenience is never a good reason to work in any place.

Because winning, keeping, and making customers happy is challenging, working at Lowbrow can be challenging. You’ll need to get used to being in a frustrating state of failing, evaluation, and figuring out how to get better. The good news is that this kind of struggle eventually leads to growth.

What about having fun? We do! (Because we work with people we like!) But it’s part of the journey and not the destination. Fun should only be a side effect of doing great work—not the other way around.

The Team

We’re a small and young team. We’re only 6 people in the core team, with an average age of 26 if you don’t count the old(er) boss.

We come from very different backgrounds, but despite our differences, we get along very well and genuinely look out for each other’s success.

Most workplaces have some form of internal politics, and we’re proud to say that we don’t. We’ve done this methodically over the years by making it a habit to talk things out and only keeping the people who won’t let the team spiral into a toxic blackhole.

Having a team that has your back and wants the best for you feels great, and it’s something that we can say we have.

Benefits

Since we’re not a large corporation swimming in cash, we don’t offer a lot of fancy benefits. (Would be nice in the future though.) We do have the mandatory ones: SSS and Philhealth.

Aside from that, we have:

  • The freedom to work whenever and wherever you want, mostly.
  • Unlimited vacations, no lates/absences/time-offs.
  • A 50% discount in our restaurants.
  • The peace of mind of a supportive team.
  • Company-sponsored learning materials such as books and online courses.
  • Leadership that genuinely cares about your long-term personal growth and development.

Next Steps to Get Hired

To get hired, we’ll need to go through an interview. To get an interview, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Read about Lowbrow so you know what you’re getting yourself into.
  • Write a short “About Me” in less than 300 words. Include any information that you think might be relevant.
  • Attach your CV as a PDF file.
  • Optional: Include your public social media accounts.
  • Send the information to careers@eatlowbrow.com with the subject: [Name / Job Title you’re applying for].

If we’re interested in hiring you, we’ll send a response within 48 hours, and set a possible interview within one to two weeks.