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British Columbia study seeks to keep chefs in the kitchen

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British Columbia announced this month it will be spending $141,000 studying how to attract and retain workers in the tourism and hospitality industry. Photo by Phillipe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images.

British Columbia is trying to figure out how to attract and retain chefs and cooks, as the specialized trade experiences one of the most acute shortages in the province.

The government announced this month it would spend $141,000 studying how to attract and retain quality workers to the industry, which is pivotal not only for tourism and hospitality, but also for the natural resources sector.

Chefs and cooks are considered the fifth-most in-demand skill set, with looming shortages just behind registered nurses, truckers, carpenters and financial auditors. Labour analysts predict 2016 is the point when the pinch begins in earnest, as the pool of younger workers becomes smaller than the number of aging workers who are eyeing retirement.

“Labour market data for cooks and chefs have been historically difficult to analyze,” Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, said in a statement released to The Globe and Mail.

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B.C. restaurant helping give cancer the kiss-off with annual BACIO fundraiser

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Since opening in 2007, Mangia E Bevi Ristorante has donated over $270,000 to oncology research at BC Children’s Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital. Photo by Rafal Gerszak/Globe and Mail.

When lifelong friends Doug Grisdale, Rob Parrott and Antonio Sauro decided to open a restaurant on the North Shore, they knew that fighting cancer would be on the menu.

Since opening in 2007, their fine-dining restaurant, Mangia E Bevi Ristorante, has donated more than $270,000 to oncology research and treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital. The money is generated through their annual fundraiser, Because a Cure is Obtainable – or BACIO, the Italian word for kiss.

The team was inspired to give to the local hospitals after the disease took hold of their loved ones.

“In 2005, Rob’s daughter – she was 7 at the time –[contracted] a brain tumour,” Mr. Grisdale said. “She survived it through treatment at the BC’s Children’s Hospital.”

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