JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When the 2010 Fifa World Cup comes to South Africa next summer, bringing with it an influx of some 500,000 visitors, chefs will be working overtime to keep up.
An article appearing on Johannesburg’s Times Live website describes how South Africa is short the more than 20,000 skilled chefs needed to cover foodservice for the big event, scheduled to run from June 11 to July 11. “Will there be people to prepare food? The answer is, yes,” said Brett Dungan, chief executive of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa. “Will they have the necessary skills or be qualified chefs? That is going to be debatable. [The shortage] is going to compromise standards.”
Highly trained chefs in charge of large foodservice operations for hotels, restaurants and off-site catering groups can expect to work longer hours with fewer staff during the World Cup if not enough chefs are available to fill the event’s requirements.