Food & Drink

How a Dire Cook Shortage is Wrecking American Restaurants

Published On 12/15/2016 Published On 12/15/2016
Daniel Fishel/Thrillist
Daniel Fishel/Thrillist
T here is a crisis in the kitchen of America’s restaurants. It is going to get worse before it gets... well, it may not actually get better.
For the past year, I’ve been traveling around the country eating and talking, and in every city I’ve been to, the chefs gripe about the same thing: It is impossible to find cooks anymore. You see it everywhere. Almost every local paper has a story that kicks off with a lede featuring a chef begging anyone who can hold a pan and pick a paring knife out of a lineup to come work for him or her.
Chef shadow in kitchen
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Here’s the reason the restaurant industry makes as much sense as a Harmony Korine film: Restaurants don’t make any money. Pretty much ever.
Chefs hit with spatula
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If I gave out a superlative award for “most popularly maligned group of persons,” the millennials would win it in a landslide.
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