There’s A Huge Shortage of Chefs in the Industry

 There’s A Huge Shortage of Chefs in the Industry- and Brexit Isn’t Helping

We live in a golden age, where dining out is no longer a luxury only some can afford. The issue? There aren’t really enough trained chefs to go around.

Never before has there been such a huge range of dining options available. The restaurant boom is going to take the catering business to new heights, but this is being threatened by a chronic shortage of chefs. The hospitality industry is responsible for six million jobs and it is the UK’s fourth biggest employer too.

The issue is that post-Brexit, the problem is going to become very complicated. The sector is currently staring into a black hole and without many EU nationals to offer support, the restaurant industry could have a deficit of more than one million workers. This could happen as soon as 2029, so it’s safe to say that something needs to be done in order to stop this from happening.

2029 is a way off, but that doesn’t mean that the pinch is not being felt right now. Nearly every restaurant in London are looking for chefs and this is especially the case when you look at commis and demi chef positions.

Sure, the issue is more prominent in London, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a nationwide concern. It’s a constant struggle to find chefs and there are a lot of causes. Young chefs no longer have the patience required to undergo training, or they sign up for work in private homes where the pay is better.

Right now, it’s certainly a seller’s market. If you have the skills, you can easily pick and choose where you want to work. In recent years, more food vendors and establishments have been opening but success stories are becoming rarer. With hard work and continued investment, the industry can be saved by young and budding chefs who are willing to earn their stripes.

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