Veganuary has not only impacted on the eating habits of the nation, it has created jobs in the hospitality trade.
More vegan restaurants are opening – not only that, other areas of the hospitality business are widening their ranges. This is good news not only for vegans but people with other special food requirements. This trend is creating jobs in a range of areas, from growers of organic or other certified foods through to specialist chefs. Existing staff are being asked to extend their knowledge too – the whole hospitality business is growing from this. Even those food chains considered to be traditionally carnivorous, or at least omnivorous, are getting in on the act. In fact, there are a surprising number of chain restaurants that serve vegan food – too many to list here.
Cordon Bleu Veganism?
According to a 2018 report in the Guardian, the rise in demand for vegan food in restaurants has led to a shortage of chefs trained to cook it. People are used to eating well-prepared, well-cooked food, and a lot of vegan food has been mediocre to say the least. Those superb Cordon Bleu French chefs that we know and love are virtually non-existent in the vegan cooking world. Vegan cookery schools have started opening to help remedy the situation.
Jackfruit ‘Ribs’ and Seitan ‘Fried Chicken’
By definition, vegan food is plant-based. Many people say that Jackfruit spare ribs taste exactly like their pork counterparts, and Seitan ‘fried chicken’ is free-from cholesterol. Another advantageous side-effect of plant-only kitchens is that the chefs don’t need different equipment – just one catering fridge for different foods.
It’s Not Just Hospitality
The good thing about this growing trend is that it has a knock-on effect on other areas. More vegans mean more catering fridges, cutlery, crockery and other cooking equipment. Like other shopping trends, lots of the specialist shops selling catering equipment have closed down, so restaurants are more likely to shop online at places like Fridge Freezer Direct.
Even the most committed omnivores amongst us have to recognise that veganism is better for the planet. 66,000 people took part in Veganuary in the UK in 2017. With a whole range of vegan products now being made, it looks like the job boom is set to continue.