Long hours, stress and burnout are just a few of the reasons young people are leaving the industry.
We are an initiative aimed at building a better future for chefs.
A Fair Kitchen is a positive, sustainable workplace. One where staff happiness is as important as diner satisfaction. One where everyone is respected, and free to follow and build upon the 5 values expressed in The Code.
We want to bring change to the industry by getting chefs supporting chefs through training, support networks, events and more.
Research conducted by Unilever Food Solutions reveals a destructive kitchen culture. A set of daily deprivations - sleep, health, abuse and lack on control - is having a serious impact on chef well-being. This is the increasingly ‘acceptable’ face of kitchen life, and it means the industry is losing talent.
Chef Einav Gefen, Executive Chef at Unilever Food Solutions, says “Chefs love what they do, but too often, pursuing their passion for cooking comes at a cost to their well-being. At times it often feels as though we, as the consumer, care more about the welfare of the chicken on our plate than the chef who has cooked it – this needs to change. We need to unite the industry by providing tangible solutions that will lead to a change for good. We want to create a ‘FairKitchens’ movement that supports head chefs to create a new kitchen culture, championing chef well-being.”
Kat Kinsman, founder of the Chefs with Issues forum and Food & Wine writer said; “The restaurant industry has long been in crisis and chefs are suffering. The workforce is hungry for solutions and it’s time for industry partners and chefs to join forces and make a change. We are moving into the next phase of restaurant culture, where sustainable working conditions are finally acknowledged to be as important as sustainable ingredients – we need more ‘FairKitchens’.”
The ‘FairKitchens’ movement is calling upon the entire industry to inspire change to build a better kitchen culture. Through partnering with influential players and chefs in the industry such as Michael Gulotta, Kat Kinsman, and the Unilever Food Solutions network of over 300 chefs globally, the ambition is a world where 17 million restaurants are running ‘FairKitchens’.