Restaurant kitchens and drama seem to go hand in hand, or at least that's how the industry is portrayed on television. Popular shows like "Restaurant Stakeout" and "Kitchen Nightmares" encourage viewers to find amusement in the struggles of this high-pressure work environment. But when it comes to real-life examples of kitchen nightmares, no one is amused.
Earlier this month, Toronto cook Kate Burnham alleged that she had been sexually harassed at the popular restaurant where she used to work. A Toronto Star article reported that Burnham was “was routinely sexually harassed and abused,” from July 2012 to January 2014.
The shocking accusations have left many people questioning the culture of restaurant kitchens. While there is no doubt that aggression, harassment and even abuse are happening in kitchens across the country, several industry experts are saying that the work environment in most kitchens has actually improved over the years.
Todd Perrin, chef and owner of Mallard CottageRead More »from Into the fire? The culture of restaurant kitchens in Canada today