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A STATEMENT ON THE #FAIRKITCHENS MOVEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF THE SA CHEFS’ ASSOCIATION, JAMES KHOZA:

Why do we choose to become Chefs? Is it because of our love for food? The pleasure we get from creating and enjoying flavourful meals that make us feel good? Is it the creativity inherent in the job? Or is it that our food forms the backdrop to many important moments in people’s lives?

It is all of these reasons and more. Becoming a Chef is more of a calling than a job.

“WHICH IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE SPARK ALIVE.”

Our profession has become known for its long hours and high stress levels. Research reveals a serious wellbeing issue within professional kitchens: Chefs are reporting high levels of exhaustion, emotional abuse, and sleep deprivation. We’re losing talent and failing to attract new Chefs to the industry.

We can’t continue to ignore this. We need to work towards creating a more positive, supportive kitchen culture. That’s why I wholeheartedly support the #FairKitchens movement. The #FairKitchens Code promotes passion and communication, teamwork and respect – values we need to support and live by to make our industry a better one.

I am excited to see what changes this movement affects, and I hope all of you reading this statement signs up to the #FairKitchens movement.

Let’s support each other in this demanding profession of ours, and keep our passion for food strong.

Thank you,
James Khoza
President of the South African Chefs Association
Executive Chef at Sandton Convention Centre