Hotel giant Accor has begun a massive drive to fill 200 kitchen jobs in the UK – half of all the vacancies that it currently has within its business at the moment.
The company said it has created more than 400 roles across its portfolio to manage the increase in activity it is seeing following the reopening of the hospitality sector and 50% of these are either chef or kitchen brigade positions.
Duncan O’Rourke, CEO of Accor Northern Europe, said that despite an industry staff shortage it is hopeful of filling the roles and is aiming to overcome a legacy reputation issue that he calls “outdated”.
He commented: “The camaraderie, talent and passion that effuses from the kitchens of hotels and restaurants is incredible, it is something I am hugely proud to be a part of and to see every day in our kitchens.
“There is talent in every kitchen, from the café, bars and restaurants to the 3 star Michelin chefs. Yes it is hard work, but so is any job that is rewarding.
“Across the UK today there are opportunities to be part of the industry as it rebuilds, to craft experience that delight hundreds and thousands of guests and diners every day.”
Accor operates more than 5,100 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries.