Wednesday 18 October 2017

Long hours and low pay means chefs are seeking new careers

CHOP AND CHANGE: Chefs feel the heat, but not from Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace, above with girlfriend Anne-Marie Sterpini
CHOP AND CHANGE: Chefs feel the heat, but not from Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace, above with girlfriend Anne-Marie Sterpini
Louise McBride

Louise McBride

Anyone dreaming of a career in the kitchen after watching RTE's Celebrity Master Chef earlier this summer shouldn't get too carried away.

Long working hours and poor pay have prompted many chefs to seek careers elsewhere, according to a new report by the state tourism body, Failte Ireland.

The report found that about one in five of the trained chefs in the workforce had taken up jobs that have nothing to do with cooking.

Unsuitable working hours, low pay, temporary work, and a lack of promotional opportunities were cited as the main reasons that chefs changed their career.

Most of the chefs who changed career had taken up jobs as butchers assistants, bar tenders, childcare workers, care assistants, security men and waiters or waitresses.

"This represents a loss of qualified personnel to the sector," said the report, which noted that there is a shortage of skilled chefs, particularly in the restaurant sector.

"Only a minority of persons not working as chefs cited the absence of employment opportunities to work as a chef as their main reasons for not working as one," added the report.

Sunday Independent

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