Our Annual Salute to the Troops, and By Troops I mean you Brothers & SistersB
We are about facilitating change in our current culinary career culture.
We at Chef Life Radio believe that working in a kitchen should be demanding, it shouldn’t have to be demeaning.
It should be hard, just doesn’t have to be harsh.
We believe that it’s possible to have more solidarity and less ‘suck it up sunshine’.
More Compassion and less Cut Throat Island.
We believe in more partnership and less ‘put up or shut up’.
More family, less fuck you.
In this episode, we talk to Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and if the name is new to you, well lemme tell you, you’re in for a treat. He not only runs one of the most progressive, low tech, biodiverse operations in the world but he is a bit of a raconteur. He’s been labeled by some in government as a biological terrorist since all of the birds on his farm as raised without antibiotics and hormones and as such pose a threat to neighborhood farms should the birds find love elsewhere, if’m ya know what I mean. Me n B saw him speak in Monterey Virginia and he was engaging, enlightening and thought provoking. Having said all that, instead of starting with a couple o chef quotes, we thought we’d let Joel’s words start us off
….the heirloom foundation
A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is combating the prevalence of issues like suicide, substance abuse, and the emotional impact of long hours in a perfection obsessed industry. They bring culinary professionals together to increase awareness about the repercussions of the high-stakes, high-pressure lives of chefs through public outreach, networking, and benefit events. The Heirloom Foundation advocates for healthier work environments though their network of chefs, restaurateurs and other industry stakeholders who commit to providing a healthy, supportive restaurant culture. They reinvest in our communities through direct service grants to nonprofit organizations that address mental health, stress management, work-life balance, substance abuse prevention, life skills, and other relevant issues. Learn More at www.theheirloomfoundation.org
Kat Kinsman’s site that deals with real issues in the real world of depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders and more running rampant in the food community. On the site, she invites people involved in the industry (not just chefs) to share their stories and resources for dealing with the pressures of restaurant life, so that other people may feel less alone. This is not for profit. This is just because she gives a damn. You can get involved and share your story @ www.chefswithissues.com
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