The New York City restaurant industry has been, among many others, very impacted by the Coronavirus. While all restaurants in the city are shut down, only offerring take-away or delivery, a lot of top chefs are leaving to work for wealthy families, New York Post reports.
This is a smart way to continue working while staying in the industry. It’s also not a completely bad idea financially.
Top chefs can expect to earn from $120,000 to $200,000 a year working privately from families, compared to $100,000 that they would make in an upscale restaurant. Not bad, right?
Some places, they are given extra bonuses if they agree to move in with the family during the pandemic.
“I was laid off six weeks ago. It just wasn’t possible to stay, no matter how much the chef wanted to keep us. I can’t stand not working. I miss being in the kitchen,” Ian Tenzer, former sous chef at Eleven Madison Park, told New York Post.
Eleven Madison Park was titled “The World’s Best Restaurant” in 2017.
“Working as a private chef has always been a part of the industry I had thought about working in and, at this point in my career, it’s a good choice economically and professionally,” Tenzer added.
Also, wealthy people offers their staff bonuses and raises to quarantine with them, Business Insider reports.