A lot of negativity surrounds cheffing as a career choice, with long hours and intense work days, but people tend to overlook the positive side of this career and its many rewards.
This Autumn, chefs all across the country have been joining forces to start many conversations about why being a chef is a great career choice. The hard-working culinary kings and queens working together to promote the cheffing industry.
These talks will build up to the launch of a new ‘Better Kitchen Workplace Charter’ on the 20th of November at an event in the offices of LinkedIn, Dublin.
Chef Network Skillnet Has been hosting a series of Round Table events nationwide with industry professionals to brainstorm on how best to support chefs and retain talent within the sector.
They also held a one-day Student Industry Forum in IT Tallaght on the 6th of November, to get input from students studying culinary arts on how to overcome challenges in the sector and also connecting them with industry professionals to explore career opportunities.
Those in the hospitality and food service industry are invited to attend the ‘Better Kitchen Workplace Charter’ seminar to join chefs in promoting the industry and to work to create an easier working environment for chefs.
Ruth Hegarty, head of community at Chef Network, said, “At our Round Tables and student forum, chefs spoke of the camaraderie in the industry, the creativity and variety in the job, and the many opportunities and different career paths it affords them.”
Continuing on Ruth said, “We need the whole industry to join us in telling this positive side of the story as well as supporting chef’s commitments to creating a better workplace in kitchens.”
Following the presentation of the ‘Better Kitchen Workplace Charter’, there will be a panel discussion with renowned chefs including Danni Barry, Domini Kemp and Chad Byrne, moderated by Irish food and farming journalist Ella McSweeney.
Tickets for the seminar cost €25 for Chef Network Members and €50 for Non-Members and can be purchased chefnetwork.ie/events.