An analysis by the Guardian has found that there are only two black head chefs with a Michelin star in the UK.
Across the 165 restaurants in the UK with the coveted award, only 12% of the head chefs are from a minority ethnic background; this despite the guide being dominated by restaurants serving international cuisine.
The data, published as part of the paper’s Bias in Britain series, prompted leading chefs to call for more diversity in kitchens. Michael Caines, chef proprietor at Lympstone Manor, and one of the two black chefs the report identified, said more needed to be done to break down barriers and encourage more people from minority ethic backgrounds into the industry.
“We get talent, we don’t get the opportunity,” added Mitu Chowdhury, the organising secretary of the Bangladesh Caterers Association.
Last month, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) called for the law requiring large employers to report their gender pay gap to be extended to cover the ethnicity and disability pay gaps.