Hospitality firm aims for 50% female Chefs by 2020

A hospitality company is aiming to become the first in the industry to employ women in half of all its Chefs jobs.
 
Females currently only account for 18.5 per cent of all Chefs jobs in the UK, but Compass Group UK and Ireland said that it plans to reach the 50 per cent mark by 2020.
 
The food services firm currently employs 60,000 people including 4,393 Chefs, of which 1,537 or 35 per cent are women.
 
To help it hit the target, the company has launched its Women in Food initiative, which included an event in London this week attended by various female Chefs and had speeches from the likes of Prue Leith, Sabrina Ghayour and Emily Roux.
 
Dennis Hogan, Managing Director of the Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have launched a scheme that is actively looking to support female Chefs with the right opportunities, development and training. The Women in Food programme highlights our commitment to increasing the number of female Chefs we employ in the business by a further 15 per cent, ensuring by 2020 we have a 50/50 split of male and female Chefs.”
 
He added that the business had looked at the reasons why more women are not currently employed as Chefs and that it hoped to “break down these barriers” by adjusting working practices and increasing flexible working hours.
 
The group previously announced its commitment to take on 1,500 apprentices by the end of 2017. It has already trained 3,000 apprentices over the course of the past five years.
 
In other news, The Ritz London has appointed Sal Gowili to be its new General Manager as it celebrates its 110th anniversary year.
 
Gowili’s new catering and hospitality job will see him oversee the five star hotel’s 136 rooms as well as The Ritz Restaurant, The Rivoli Bar, The Palm Court and the private dining rooms.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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