YOUR LOCAL NEWS
Over the past week we’ve been working on a story which came out of Te Aroha, about a publican there who had spent nearly five months looking for a chef to operate a restaurant at the Grand Tavern. Graeme Blackford told us about his search and his view that the lack of chefs was actually a regional problem. So we quizzed a few Hamilton restaurant owners and found that Graeme’s hunch was right on the money. Reporter Kelley Tantau also contacted New Zealand Restaurant Association and it was confirmed there was a nation-wide shortage of chefs. While reality food and cooking shows have proved popular on television, it has not translated into more qualified and quality chefs entering the industry. Some restaurant owners have upped their pay rates in a desperate attempt to get chefs to stay on while others are head-hunting staff from other eateries. The summer season is approaching and no doubt the hospitality industry will be scrambling to make sure kitchens are well staffed to manage domestic and international tourists.