TV cooking shows are deterring people from considering a career in the hospitality industry, suggests research by Caterer.com.
The research also revealed that despite a quarter of Brits considering themselves to be a good cook, almost two thirds (63%) wouldn’t consider a role in the hospitality industry, with 46% claiming cookery shows put them off a career as a chef.
Almost two thirds (62%) of respondents feel they wouldn’t be able to cope with the pressure of working in a professional kitchen.
“While plenty of us enjoy sitting down to the latest episode of Great British Bake Off (GBBO), it’s important to remember these shows are edited for maximum entertainment – which includes focussing on heightened bursts of pressure and stress,” says Neil Pattison, from Caterer.com. “This isn’t an accurate reflection of the industry as a whole, which while certainly busy and often demanding, offers so much more, including career development, variety of experience and positive and vibrant teams. Hospitality is a fantastic, personable industry and the pressure depicted in these reality TV cooking shows should not lead people to think they can’t handle the pressure of working within it.”
Pattison adds: “This situation is a particular concern as we have a skills shortage in the hospitality industry, which is guaranteed to be exacerbated post-Brexit due to decreasing talent pools.
“It’s important to note that hospitality employers are well known for investing in training and development for their staff, so they are fully skilled and prepared to manage a whole host of eventualities, including busy shifts and pressurised situations as just one part of the job. No two days are the same in hospitality, which is why people love it.”