The Daily Telegraph
Free meals for staff at Michelin-starred restaurant as cost of living crisis bites
MICHELIN-STARRED restaurants are following in the footsteps of major retailers by offering staff free meals to help them cope with soaring bills this winter.
Pied à Terre, London’s longest standing Michelin-starred restaurant, has added a note to staff payslips saying that they can take leftover food home and are welcome to come into the restaurant on their days off for free meals.
David Moore, who owns the restaurant, said it was important to offer extra support this winter because workers “don’t want to be seen to be needing it” and he doesn’t see the cost of living crisis going away any time soon.
Another Michelin-starred restaurant, which does not want to be named, is weighing up whether to introduce an “emergency larder” for any staff struggling with their food shopping. The decisions come as Britain suffers its worst inflation crisis in 40 years, with the country battling an income squeeze driven by rising food and energy bills.
Retailers have responded by laying on free hot meals, with John Lewis and Waitrose offering free meals to workers over the Christmas period to attract staff and support squeezed households with the mounting cost of living.
The employee-owned company said last month that it would offer English breakfasts and Sunday roasts between Oct 3 to Jan 6 to staff in shops and distribution centres, including any of its agency workers.