Too Few Cooks In The Kitchen: Local Restaurants Face Labor Shortage

Too Few Cooks In The Kitchen: Local Restaurants Face Labor Shortage

Kojo asks experts why many local restaurant owners can't find enough qualified staff to run their kitchens and serve their diners.

Washington’s food scene is expanding rapidly, with new restaurants popping up along the 14th Street and H Street corridors on a near-weekly basis. Yet, even as the local industry flourishes, restaurant owners are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified staff to run their kitchens and serve the ever-growing dining crowds. We explore the reasons behind the shortage of restaurant workers and what this means for the city’s diners.

Guests

Jessica Sidman

Food Editor, Young & Hungry columnist Washington City Paper

Robert Wiedmaier

Chef and restaurant owner, Marcel's, Brasserie Beck, Brabo and Mussel Bar & Grille.

Chris Floyd

Founder, Capital Restaurant Resources.

Michael F. Curtin, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer, D.C. Central Kitchen

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