Renowned chef Thomas Keller: “The pandemic is killing restaurants”

Thomas Keller, one of America’s most famous chefs and owner of two three-Michelin-starred restaurants, have spoken to The Irish Times about the pandemic.

“It’s just killing restaurants. But aside from the business part, it’s really hurting the younger generation of chefs who are still building their careers. I look at our young staff, and they’re all aspirational and it’s a big challenge for them to look at their lives now and figure where they’re going. I’m 65, and I’ve done what I’ve done. I could retire tomorrow and feel comfortable; I think I’ve added to my profession in a way that was significant. But these kids … You’re a chef who’s 34 or 35 years old and you have to shut down your restaurants and maybe not reopen them. What’s their career path now? What’s going to happen to them?” said Thomas Keller.