About #FairKitchens

The foodservice industry faces a challenge: more people are eating out, yet we’re losing talent. Great chefs are leaving the industry, and young people are less likely to want to work in professional kitchens than any previous generation.

Why? Research by Unilever Food Solutions reveals a serious wellbeing issue within professional kitchens: 74% of chefs are sleep deprived to the point of exhaustion; 63%  of chefs feel depressed, and more than half feels pushed to the breaking point.

We can’t continue to ignore this.

At #FairKitchens, we believe that a positive kitchen culture will make for a healthier business. Because your staff will be stable; your team will be happy and productive; and your guests will receive the best quality offering your team can provide.

It’s time to act now, for the talent that we are losing from the industry today and for the talent of the future that we need to attract.

How does #FairKitchens work ?

The #FairKitchens Code is the starting point of the movement. Its values are the ingredients of a happy kitchen: passion and communication, teamwork and time for individuals.

Let’s work as TEAMS.

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    Talk openly

    We speak out when we have something to say, we make sure others do the same.

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    Excite passion

    We train, mentor and inspire the next generation. We fuel their flame.

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    Act as one

    No matter our ethnicity, gender or religion, we share the same goal. We respect each other, hold back from abuse and ask “R U OK?” if we think someone’s not.

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    Make time

    We make time for breaks – for fresh air and daylight. We rest, relax and recharge where we can.

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    Say ‘Good job’

    When one of us does a good job, we say it because a pat on the back can make their day.


The #FairKitchens code is supported by training videos, advice and tips by chefs for chefs, and short guides on topics including improving communication and supporting team members experiencing a personal crisis.

  1. Join the movement to access your starter kit today, including the #FairKitchens Code, advice to use the Code with your team and a #FairKitchens sticker
  2. Explore our website to find training, tips and guides to help you understand more about how chefs run a “Fair Kitchen” and discover how you could learn from them
  3. Receive a regular e-newsletter highlighting new insights, tools and training at www.fairkitchens.com
  4. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and share your experiences using #FairKitchens