Michelin-starred chef Mike Robinson has revealed that he will no longer be offering weekday lunch service at his restaurants in a bid to save his staff from exhaustion. The UK-based restauranteur, whose establishments include London’s Michelin-starred pub The Harwood Arms, The Elder in Bath and The Woodsman in Stratford-Upon-Avon, expressed concerns that people often leave the industry because they are left feeling extremely worn down from the long working hours.
“The most important thing we have in our restaurants is our staff,” he said, speaking on the Biting Talk podcast. “If you’re working lunch and dinner, five days a week you’re exhausted on your two days off. By necessity there’s a tradition of people working crazy hours in restaurants,’ he explained. ‘And I think it’s time this changed.”
In the hope of making improvements to the wellbeing of his hardworking staff, Robinson has offered his employees the opportunity to work between 45 and 55 hours a week.