Mise En Place

French /miz ɑ̃ plas/

(noun) The practice of arranging, organising and being perfectly prepared

Our Story

Mise En Place Talent is the culmination of years of HR, recruitment, and operations experience in leading hospitality organisations around the world spanning New York, Miami, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore.

Our on-the-ground experience working hand-in-hand with restaurateurs, culinary, service, and home office teams lends us invaluable insights that translate to creative strategies and solutions with concrete results. At the core of what we do is connecting people to places and creating stories together.

Having planned, opened, and recruited for over 100 venues across North America and Asia, garnering Michelin Stars, James Beard Awards, and rankings on Top 50 Lists, our Founder Venus excels at finding and attracting exceptional talent, building teams for long-term success, and providing dedicated Human Resources services and solutions that are practical and make sense to hospitality organisations.

At Mise en Place, we bring our passion for hospitality, eye for talent, and extensive industry knowledge and relationships to partners who are serious about their people.


Our Services

We offer a suite of bespoke services and solutions
tailored to each partner and candidate's unique needs and goals, including:

We shine a spotlight on your company and share your story with top talent around the world to ignite their interest. We seek out those most compatible with your values and mission who will add value to your community long-term. Whether you are a beloved neigbourhood restaurant or an international multi-concept group, we are passionate about connecting great people to great places.

Organisational Culture

We evaluate your existing organisational culture, identify any gaps, and make recommendations for improvement. This can include designing orientation and onboarding programs, team engagement strategies, internal communication plans, and much more.

HR Support 

From visa applications to onboarding new joiners and administering benefits and MPF, we offer customised support based on your organisational needs. 

Career Consultation

What is next for your career? We help make your search easier and recommend concrete steps to achieve your goals. On top of matching you to exceptional, best-in-class employers and showcasing your talent and potential, we help you gain career confidence, insight, encouragement and inspiration.

If you seek something you don’t see on the menu, just ask!

Our Guiding Principles

Embrace the Unconventional.

Hospitality is unconventional… it’s what we love about it. Whatever HR or recruitment support you need, however unordinary or niche, count us in. We especially enjoy and excel at projects and roles that are out-of-the-box.

Don't Settle.

We are passionate about finding the best person for every role. Every organisation has its own DNA and shouldn't settle for a cookie-cutter approach. By the same token, each person has a special set of skills and stories that make up who they are. Rather than settling for just a job, we find roles that maximise the individual's potential and bring true fulfilment.

Not Your Typical HR.

In the words of Danny Meyer: “If you’re trying to provide engaging hospitality… there must be a certain amount of fun and a sense of humour involved…

While we’re serious about getting things done, we also believe in maintaining the joy of hospitality in everything we do. We are not transactional HR robots or cut-throat recruiters with quotas to hit. We are energetic, dynamic hospitality folks who get what you do, and who recruit with intention, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm.

Always Transparent.

We are committed to honesty and transparency for both partners and talent alike. We vow to never leave anyone hanging or in the dark. We provide full view into our work and progress to give confidence that we are dedicated to your success and best interests.

Where We Work

What People Say

  • Nathan
    “Even as a hospitality professional for over 10 years, my new position is one that my network alone would not have given me access to. Teaming up with MEP talent amplified my scope of possibility and allowed for a unique and personalized touch of matchmaking that, let’s face it, most Chefs wouldn’t normally have the time to finesse. MEP talent took away any anxiety I had from navigating the transition of a job. What stands out to me is the commitment to the process, over a year into my new position I still come to Venus for trustworthy advice which is granted quickly, honestly, and as always professionally.“  
    Michelin-starred Luxury Private Chef in Hong Kong
  • Joshua
    "Venus is someone who entered my life and unexpectedly altered the trajectory. Her recruitment approach was contemplative and thoughtful, tailored to my ethos, inclination and circumstance. As a constant and positive presence throughout the process, I appreciated that every query was responded to expeditiously and each, "next step!," was conveyed succinctly. She has paired me with a burgeoning restaurant group that, much like Venus herself, is progressive and forward thinking. She is the gold standard of recruitment."
    Executive Chef matched to a leading hospitality group in Asia with over 30 venues
  • Mirko
    "Venus is one of the best talent scouts out there. She is extremely meticulous and has great practical insights and knowledge about the F&B industry. It was important to me to meet someone that understands my point of view, my background, and my values, and Venus went the extra mile! I felt connected to her emotionally and I was able to open myself up and speak freely. The result? I found the perfect habitat for my new concept and I’m so excited. Venus is highly passionate and drives recruitment engagements with all her heart. I’ll be forever grateful."
    Chef Partner at the leading hospitality group in Singapore
  • Annie
    "I am very grateful for Venus’s help throughout the entire recruitment and interview process. She is efficient and fast, and she continuously kept me updated and well informed. Venus truly understood me and what I was looking for. She also recognised that it wasn’t just the compensation that mattered, but also the company culture and team dynamic. I am very excited to start my new journey!"
    matched to a regional marketing role in an international lifestyle & f&b brand with over 200 venues
  • Lyndsay
    “Venus changed how I viewed the role and value of Human Resources - she put the "human" back into the function for me, as she positions herself to be dealing with people, not paper. I look forward to the day when I might get the chance to work with Venus again and cannot recommend her more highly as a HR professional.”
    Senior Manager APAC & Europe, SevenRooms
  • Meghan
    “Venus took the time to truly listen to our needs and was invested in understanding the nuances of our brand and team dynamics to deliver the best candidate. She cast a wide net, looking in different industries and disciplines, to ensure she left no rock unturned, yet used a discerning filter when presenting recommended candidates. Her professionalism, dedication and communication were bar none, and would highly recommend her services.”
    Head of Marketing, Shake Shack Asia

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