Britain’s Asian restaurant industry is in crisis due to a targeted clampdown on Specialist Chefs from non-EU countries conspired by government distortion and rejection of genuine skill needs.
The majority of UK’s estimated 30,000 Asian cuisine restaurants are experiencing a staffing crisis with many successful businesses no longer able to operate. Many are able to meet official salary stipulation but are blocked by senseless and underhanded government ruling. A recent Mintel report affirms that Asian restaurants must promote authenticity which suggests specialist skills are vital for sustainability and well as to remain a specialist in the face of non-specialist outlets imitating Asian cuisine. The report, therefore, points out authenticity as being a key factor behind the popularity of Asian restaurants and equivalent takeaway sector. This is an undeniable truth of the need for skills. The Mintel report also states the following;
- Authenticity is a core attribute when it comes to diners expectations of Asian restaurants
- 78% of diners see the need for expert Chefs in Asian restaurants
- Usage of Asian restaurants is high, with 81% having ordered take away or home delivery from a restaurant and 79% having eaten in one.
- Home dining is growing faster and winning a bigger share of consumer spending. Most sales are generated from restaurants offering collection and delivery services.
- Wagamama launches biggest ever campaign to promote take away services.
- The advent of online ordering and delivery platforms Just Eat and Deliveroo has massively engaged the restaurant industry in home dining, including high-quality fine dining establishments.
- This is substantial proof of evolving market demands.
A Home Office spokesman is quoted in a recent newspaper article as saying “We continue to welcome the very top chefs who promote innovative and authentic cuisine here in the UK — and these type of skilled cooks are on the shortage occupation list.” However, this comment is disingenuous.