i-Chef's Table

Published: 21 November, 2017

i-Chef’s Table

i-Chef’s Table hosted an event on the very topical subject of recruitment, supported by Cyrus Todiwala at his esteemed headquarters of Café Spice Namasté in Central London on Monday 20th November 2017.
The theme for the lunch was recruitment and attracted a number of hospitality industry professionals ranging from the RAC Club, Sopwell House to Neway International, YoSushi and SyftApp, all who enthusiastically offered their views and experience regarding recruitment challenges over delicious lunch presented by Cyrus. iB Foods also showcased their high-quality foods to taste from their extensive list of product range.


Could education be the solution?

Whilst being a fun, informal event the key undertone was quite serious. The discussion opened with an introduction from David who spoke of how the “industry is suffering because of the lack of attention towards basic education and ignorance of solving recruitment problems.” He then went on to say that more needs to be done – starting with schools and colleges. One important fact he drew on was that universities tended to vastly over-promise to fill their spaces which in turn exceeded the expectations of students upon completion of their course. He also noted how many chefs and others complain about the dire situation but did just that, complain, without taking any action or supporting any initiatives.
This opened up the discussion to the wider audience. One attendee who has owned a recruitment agency for the past 20 years thought that employing people right now has become more difficult than ever before and gave examples of issues faced by the agency on a daily basis. This brought in where employers currently source their recruits from, citing EU and non-EU countries along with their positive and negative effects.


Could technology help?

We were lucky to have a key representative from new start-up SyftApp who have designed an app for hiring temporary staff, whose aim is to eliminate the ‘middleman’ (the recruitment agency) therefore reducing fees, citing a 24/7 culture as an opportunity that needed to be embraced.


But what about the not for profit organisations? Charities and Youth organisations seem to be bringing in more youngsters to the industry in the form of work experience and training programmes.
But what can be done? Attitudes need to change towards retaining a higher percentage of staff with motivational tools and career progression programmes put into place.


Final thought

Concluding the event was i-Chef’s Mark Thatcher who summed up the proceeding succinctly: “More young people need to be placed for skill training rather than filling up university places” in which everyone was in agreement.


Overall it was an interesting discussion over lunch with networking, tasting and learning. We hope you can join us for our next i-Chef’s Table event in the new year.


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Published: 8 October, 2017

i-Chef’s Table

  • November 20, 2017
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Join us for our first i-Chef’s Table Event, where our Members will get together to debate a hot topic in the industry. i-Chef Industry Panelist Cyrus Todiwala OBE, will be co-hosting this inaugural event which includes a delicious light lunch at the memorable Café Spice Namaste.

The theme for our inaugural i-Chef’s table will be recruitment, a constant worry for all of those working in the Hospitality Industry. We at i-Chef.biz like a challenge and having heard the disastrous headline ‘By 2020 the industry will be 11,000 staff members short’ we thought that with our network of Professionals we might be able to not just moan but come up with a solution to this problem.
Debate what is going wrong and help us find a solution – in the words of Jerry Maguire ‘Help me, help you!’

As well as having a lively and thought provoking discussion and delicious lunch you will have the opportunity to taste an incredible array of products from iB Foods such as;

  • Menu Polpavera Fine (Fine Tomato Pulp)
  • Menu Pork STINCHETTO
  • Menu Misto Di Funghi (Mushroom Medley Antipasti)
  • Menu Boccioli di Carciofi Grigliati
  • Menu Cipolline Aceto Balsamico
  • Menu Peperoni Interi alla Brace (skinless)
  • Primoljo E.V.O.Oil Extra Olivum
  • Aggazzotti I TRAVASI (Capsula Oro) IGP
  • Menu Crema con Tartufo (with black truffle)
  • La Rosa Penne (gluten free)
  • Menu Salsa Fuoco Chilli Paste
  • Menu Sundried Tomato Condiment
  • Menu Crema Catalana


Terms & Conditions

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. If the Event is cancelled by the event organisers you will receive a 100% refund.



Café Spice Namasté,, 16 Prescott Street,, London,, E1 8AZ

Café Spice Namasté, 16 Prescot Street, London, E1 8AZ