Young Australians are attracted to the “rock star” chef lifestyle depicted in reality cooking shows, but don’t want to put in the hard graft to get there, Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby says.
A Deloitte Access Economics report last year found a current gap of 38,000 staff across the tourism and hospitality sector, a shortage predicted to increase to 123,000 by 2020.
The report predicted demand would be strongest for chefs and restaurant managers.
However, Rigby said young people in particular just weren’t prepared for the years of physical toil it required to make it to the top.
“I think there’s a little bit of MasterChef-itis, I’m going to call it.”
Here’s another: No more raw eggs in mayo and aioli.
But that’s a food safety thing and can’t compete with food porn.
Until people get sick.