REVEALED: The average time it takes to hire a chef in the UK


UK kitchens are waiting an average of five months to recruit and onboard chefs with the right skill set, new research has suggested.

Chef recruitment challenges have intensified since the hospitality market reopened fully following two years of coronavirus restrictions.

A study of 100 chef employers carried out by S.Pellegrino as part of its Young Chef Academy initiative found that 67% felt that the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 has put young people off from starting a career in the industry.

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Some 55% of employers believe there is a wealth of gastronomy talent in the UK today, but the vast majority (77%) agree that more effort needs to go into attracting young talent.

The research also highlighted the need for greater support for those wanting a career as a chef.

78% said there needs to be more mentoring to help young chefs thrive, and over half (56%) said there weren’t enough networks for chefs to share practice around the world.

The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy is campaigning to improve perceptions of the sector and nurture the talent of tomorrow through a global network where some of the world’s leading chefs can share ideas, best practice and inspiration.

The research found that 76% believe that top fine dining chefs remain the biggest inspiration for young chefs.

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