Top 17 tips to retain pub chefs

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Industry will need 11,000 more chefs by 2022
Industry will need 11,000 more chefs by 2022

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Financial rewards, opportunities for promotion and the ability to contribute to the business’s success are three of the 17 ways managers can keep hold of their chefs and kitchen staff, a leading consultant has claimed.

It was important to retain staff as by 2022 more than 11,000 chef vacancies would have to be filled, according to recent figures.

“Chef retention has been simmering away in the pub, restaurant and hotel world for many years,” said Adrian Close, a hospitality manager, trainer and business owner.

“But, recently, like an unwatched stockpot left bubbling on the hob, the shortage of skilled chefs has suddenly boiled over into a potential crisis – not for only the hospitality managers and business owners, but also one which, potentially, will affect how and what we eat out.”

Close has 17 top tips for business managers to use to help them retain chefs and kitchen staff, which are:



Understand why your employees leave by conducting an exit interview


Develop effective workplace policies to create a positive culture


Ask staff to be open about their plans so you can plan recruitment


A full and supportive induction process


Communicate your business mission


Plot all of your staff on a team development line


Make sure employees know what you expect from them


Organise competitions and incentives


Offer a competitive benefits package


Promote from within the company whenever possible


Set clear promotional and development guidelines


Invest in people management for line managers and head chefs


Provide small perks, such as a free lunch on a Sunday


Offer financial rewards


Quarterly staff 'play days' to encourage team building


Regular open and honest staff appraisals


Again, understand why staff leave

Close added: "Keeping all members of staff, including chefs for longer, isn't difficult as long as managers and business owners concentrate on creating an environment where people can grow, learn more and contribute to the success of the business."

The recruitment issues the hospitality sector faced was as a result of the managers and the business owners working within it, he claimed.

See the Publican's Morning Advertiser's ​exclusive digital chef recruitment feature​ to find out more about the recruitment crisis.

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