Oct 2018 | High-end chef Guillaume Brahimi's restaurant ripping off workers

Date: 18 Oct 2018

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

The high-end restaurant business of French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi is substantially underpaying permanent staff through the excessive use of unpaid overtime, a Fairfax Mediainvestigation has found.

Leaked rosters and pay-slips from a Bistro Guillaume restaurant show chefs working as many as 60 hours a week, pushing their hourly rate well below the minimum rate of the award, the wages safety net.

For more than a decade, Brahimi ran the prestigious three-hatted Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House. He now has Bistro Guillaumes in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Brahimi cooked for French president Emmanuel Macron at Bistro Guillaume in Sydney as part of Mr Macron’s official visit to Australia in May.