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Chefs Are Overworked and Underpaid

This post focuses on the picture below and its message.

I can relate to that post as well.

We’ve seen a lot of positive responses to this picture, it really went viral, not only with Chefs and catering industry workers but with their families, friends and neighbours.

It’s great to see so much support towards Chefs from different people.

The reality is that Chefs are underappreciated all over the world.

It’s easy to take for granted the effort that Chefs and the entire hospitality industry put in so people can enjoy their dinners, holidays and all the leisure times.

Overworked and underpaid

It’s a well-known fact that Chefs work long hours, often starting at 8 or 9 am and finishing after midnight. 15-hour shifts six days a week gives a grand total of 90 hours – almost twice the usual maximum weekly working hours which is 48.

Speak to most professional Chefs and they will gladly tell you about the dedication and hard work needed to succeed, often to the detriment of family and social life.

The pay as a chef is not something to be proud of, they are not paid near enough for all the sacrifices they make so people can enjoy the bank holidays, Christmas, Easter while they are away from family and friends.

The hospitality industry is notorious for overworking staff, I remember when I was working as a chef my rota sometimes had 9-10 days in a row between days off, and that wasn’t easy work, 10-12 hours a day in a fast paced environment.

Another thing is that we as chefs don’t have specific lunchtimes or break time, we take it when we can if we can.

The picture above is sad but true, I hope that any restaurant owners that will see it can make a change for the better.


So what can we do?

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not trying to make Chefs martyrs or anything, they are hard people, being on your feet 12 hours a day 6 days a week does that to you.

What can you do is appreciate them more, maybe if you have a chef in your family you can once in a while surprise them with a cooked dinner, don’t expect them to cook all the time.

If you’re a restaurant owner make sure everyone sits down at least once a day and grab a bite to eat.


What are your views on this?

Let us know in the comments.