2. Fast food is changing
Underserved communities are finally getting affordable, healthy, delicious food thanks to Los Angeles chef Roy Choi and San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson. They’ve joined forces to show how fast food can empower communities. The first outpost of their new concept, LocoL opened in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood January 18, offering $2 tacos and $4 veggie burgers. A second location will open later this year in Oakland.
3. Restaurants are helping pay for college
Many people get jobs in restaurants so they can pay for college. Chris Coombs, chef-owner of Deuxave in Boston, now pays off his kitchen staff’s financial loans while they work for him -- so if employees have student loan payments from school, he will take over their payments, like a Chef Daddy Warbucks. “It’s an incentive to get great chefs to work for me and stay working for me,” he says. Because really, who wants to wear a suit and tie on Wall Street after you’ve experienced the thrill of the kitchen? Also, smart chefs = smart cooking.