The drop in chef employment wasn’t evenly distributed across the country. Chef’s Pencil found New York, Texas, Michigan, Tennessee, and South Carolina had the biggest year-on-year declines. Other states fared better. Florida, California, Wisconsin, and Connecticut all added chefs and head cooks.
The industry continues to battle labor issues across all restaurant positions. Per TDn2K’s People Report, year-over-year job growth was 2.14 percent for August 2019. Full-service restaurants reported less vacancies in non-management positions—27 percent—compared to 44 percent at quick-service chains.
TDn2K also found successful operators are looking beyond compensation to up their value proposition. Brands investing in more leadership development opportunities that spend more time on training tend to have better numbers when it comes to turnover, TDn2K said.