Cookery shows put potential chefs off a career in hospitality, new research finds

Almost half (46%) of Brits claim watching cookery shows puts them off a career as a professional chef, according to new research released today.

The results from indicate that the increasing skills shortage in the hospitality industry is partially due to popular cooking shows such as MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off, with 62% feeling they wouldn’t be able to cope with the pressure of working in a professional kitchen.

63% of adults surveyed by hospitality job board say they wouldn’t consider a role in hospitality – and for almost half (46%), tuning into TV cookery shows and the programmes are to blame.

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Not only are the shows putting people off considering a career in the sector, they also make one in five (19%) question their own culinary skills, feeling they are just not good enough and so wouldn’t even consider looking at roles which require them to turn their hand to it.

Brits surveyed think stress affects other industry roles from sommeliers (67%) and maître de’s (83%) to bar staff (79%).

Neil Pattison, from 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 focussing on heightened bursts of pressure and stress.

“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.”

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