Fortune Magazine’s article “Restaurants are Facing a Serious Chef Shortage” explains that even America’s top restaurants are facing hiring challenges because:
– There are a lot of jobs
– The pay for entry level positions can be low
– Culinary school is too expensive (CIA = $31,000 a year!)
The good news is that NECAT Chef Partner and Advisory Board Member, Will Gilson of Puritan & Company, told Fortune that he has raised wages in the past few years to be competitive. In addition, Boston Chef Paul Turano said that annual salaries for chefs, even in small restaurants, have increased from an average of $50,000 to $70,000.
NECAT’s mission to provide resource limited and chronically unemployed individuals with culinary arts job training and employment services in Boston’s hospitality industry – at no tuition cost to the student – is more critical than ever.