June 2019 | They chew you up and then they spit you out

Date: 1 June 2019

Source: Brisbane Times

Ever wondered what it takes to survive as a chef inside one of Melbourne’s top restaurants? As a chef, I can tell you. They chew you up and then they spit you out.

Let me explain. First, expect to work a minimum 60 hours a week and as much as 80-90 hours a week. But you’ll only get paid for about 40 hours a week. That’s a whole lot of unpaid overtime.

Hospo Voice, my union, calculated I had about $25,000 a year stolen from me. Probably more.

But the financial impact is really just the side dish.

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