Research by hospitality recruitment specialists Caterer.com revealed that 46% of Britons were put off the idea of working as a professional chef by TV shows, with 19% saying the programmes made them question their own abilities behind the stove. The research revealed that teeny competitions such as MasterChef and the Great British Bake Off make potential cooks feel inadequate and deter them from pursuing a role in a professional kitchen.
Meanwhile 63% of respondents said they would not consider a career in the industry, while 62% said they would not be able to cope with cooking for paying customers while under pressure.
Stories and should document the caterer nationally Only 25% said they considered themselves a good cook, while 56% said their skills were average.
Neil Pattison, from Caterer.com said, “Whilst plenty of us enjoy sitting down to the latest episode of GBBO, it’s important to remember these shows are edited for maximum entertainment – which includes focusing on heightened bursts of pressure and stress.
“This isn’t an accurate reflection of the industry as a whole, which whilst certainly busy and often demanding, offers so much more, including career development, variety of experience and positive and vibrant teams.
“Hospitality is a fantastic, personable industry and the pressure depicted in these reality TV cooking shows should not lead people to think they can’t handle the pressure of working within it.
“This situation is a particular concern as we have a skills shortage in the hospitality industry, which is guaranteed to be exacerbated post-Brexit due to decreasing talent pools.
“It’s important to note that hospitality employers are well known for investing in training and development for their staff, so they are fully skilled and prepared to manage a whole host of eventualities, including busy shifts and pressurised situations as just one part of the job. No two days are the same in hospitality, which is why people love it.”