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Leading Irish Chefs Gather to Support Workplace Initiative

Leading chefs from around the country gathered in Dublin today to support the ‘Kitchen Charter’ – a practical initiative by Chef Network developed to improve the working environment in professional kitchens throughout Ireland.

Chefs including Derry Clarke of l’Ecrivain, Eric Matthews of Chapter One, and chef and restaurateur Dylan McGrath called upon those leading professional kitchens in Ireland to get behind the Chef Network Kitchen Charter initiative and make the industry a better place to work.

Ruth Hegarty who acts as head of community at Chef Network, said, “It is so important that we change how the industry is perceived  because we have so many wonderful stories of how the industry has enriched lives. But at the same time we need to make sure that professional kitchens are great environments to work in. There was a genuine desire from many leaders in kitchens to have a framework that all the team could contribute to. The Kitchen Charter provides guiding principles to help create a better place to work. Because it was created by chefs themselves it is realistic and can be adapted to any kitchen, and it shows real intent from the industry to build a positive kitchen culture”.

Chef Network is a membership community which is free to join. The Kitchen Charter was created by the Chef Network community last year and now chefs are being called upon to sign up to the Kitchen Charter, download the charter template, talk to their team and make their own plan to  implement it in their kitchen workplace.

For more information about the Chef Network, to sign up to the Kitchen Charter, and to join a supportive online community visit www.chefnetwork.ie

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