This isn’t new but represents a gradual decline in the primary work force in the industry fuelled by long hours, poor pay and conditions, abuse of staff tips etc and a basic qualification that does not meet industry requirements. Some employers are now offering a better work/life balance. Still not as good as a tube driver!
Chef crisis: top restaurants struggle to find reliable chefs http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11809506/Chef-crisis-top-restaurants-struggle-to-find-reliable-chefs.html
Restaurants are booming in Britain, but the chronic shortage of chefs and other staff is threatening the industry http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/restaurants-are-booming-in-britain-but-the-chronic-shortage-of-chefs-and-other-staff-is-threatening-10457551.html
By Sophie Witts, 20-Mar-2015
A lack of skilled chefs could limit the growth of the UK tourism industry, with businesses struggling to fill nearly half of all chef vacancies, says Visit England. http://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Business/Shortage-of-skilled-chefs-could-limit-foodie-tourism-in-the-UK
It’s not just the UK – US in chef shortage https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/359989/its-not-just-the-uk-us-in-chef-shortage