Kitchen Talent: Training and retaining the chefs of the future

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A discussion addressing the serious skilled chef shortage in London’s restaurants and how to attract, train and retain the chefs of the future.

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Skilled chefs are one of London’s most in-demand professions, but recruiting talent is becoming a major problem. Cheffing has most of the ingredients of a good job but long hours, low pay and high-pressure workplaces are putting people off, particularly women who make up only 15 per cent of chefs.

Join us at the launch of Kitchen Talent to discuss new thinking on how London can address the driving forces behind the shortage, and take advantage of the opportunities for young Londoners.

The discussion will explore new solutions for employers, catering colleges and the Mayor of London to raise the profile of creative chef careers, improve working standards and reform culinary education.


10:00am Arrivals & refreshments
10:30am Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A
11.30am Networking and close

Featured speakers include
Nicolas Bosetti, Research Manager, Centre for London
Debbie Jackson, Interim Executive Director, Development,
Enterprise and Environment, Greater London Authority
Jeremy King, Director, Corbin & King
Angela Malik, Global Food Strategy Consultant, The Mayor of London Food Board
Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London
Mario Washington-Ihieme, Research Assistant, Centre for London
Jill Whittaker, Managing Director, HIT Training


This project has been generously supported by

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