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Hog's pledges support for Fair Kitchens initiative

Fair Kitchens is a movement to help create positive, supportive cultures in restaurant kitchens across the globe.

Joining an effort to promote supportive work environments, Hog’s has signed onto the Fair Kitchens movement in a bid to “affirm their commitment to their staff’s well-being.”

The move, the brand says, falls in line with their long-term commitment to mental health, having raised nearly $40,000 in 2018 for A Chance for Change.

“At Hog’s, we’ve always been passionate about our people. We love our chefs and we want to help them continue doing what they love, without sacrificing who they are as people and precious time with their family and loved ones,” CEO Ross Worth said in a LinkedIn post.

Worth adds that Hog’s franchise network already practices many of the Fair Kitchens guidelines, which include passion and communication, teamwork and time for individuals. A key player in the chain’s implementation of such practices is Hog’s head corporate chef John Alexander.

“Even before joining Hog’s, Chef John had been an active member of the culinary community. Throughout his career, he’s been a champion for fair practices and better work environments in restaurants, so #FairKitchens was a natural step,” Worth said.

Fair Kitchens reports that 74% of chefs feel sleep-deprived to the point of exhaustion, leading to “suffering” mental health and choosing other career paths.

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