Bullying culture ‘thrives in Michelin-starred kitchens’

The kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants too often descend into alternative “moral universes” where bullies and bad behaviour thrive, a study has suggested.

While Gordon Ramsay may have made an entire television career out of swearing at people making food, when there are no TV crews or public around to witness what is going on then the dark side of restaurant culture is much worse for chefs, researchers at Cardiff University said.

Academics interviewed 47 chefs working at Michelin-starred establishments in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. They found that bullying, violence and aggressive behaviour were widespread in top-end restaurants, where the kitchens “effectively become a different moral universe”.

They suggested that an unhealthy working culture often developed because commercial kitchens were usually closed off to outsiders and hidden away from public view.

Dr Robin Burrow, the lead author of the study, said: “Misbehaviour among chefs is something we

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Bloomberg names Fraher head of ESG coverage, promotes others

Bloomberg News editor in chief John Micklethwait sent out the following on Thursday:

It is often hard to predict exactly what we will write about. Who would’ve put a pandemic down on the list of stories for 2020? Even with that caveat, however, it seems safe to say that ESG will only grow as a subject for us over the next few years.

Every company, investor and government around the world is focusing ever more attention on environmental, social and governance issues. Indeed ESG has become a core ingredient of the capitalism that we as a newsroom try to chronicle.

We have a huge number of strengths. On the research side, we have the expertise of BNEF, a clear market leader, while BI is building its presence in ESG. We have our new ESG page on the Terminal and our daily newsletter, while Green and Equality are two of our

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Britishvolt gets £100m boost to build UK’s first large-scale ‘gigafactory’

The UK government will invest £100m in Britishvolt as the car battery manufacturing startup seeks to build Britain’s first large-scale “gigafactory” in the north-east of England.

The government’s Automotive Transformation Fund will invest alongside asset management company Abrdn and its majority-owned property investment arm, Tritax, to fund a sale and leaseback deal for the huge building that will house the electric car battery factory, near Blyth in Northumberland.

Peter Rolton, Britishvolt’s executive chairman, said: “The UK automotive industry needs a local source of batteries. Chinese or other Asian imports are not going to be an option. There will be very, very significant shortfalls of batteries. We are absolutely vital to maintain the UK industry and support those jobs.”

Britishvolt is one of two major UK battery manufacturing projects that has secured funding, alongside an expansion of an existing plant at Sunderland owned by China’s Envision that supplies to Nissan.


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6 key themes all business leaders need to address in 2022

To sustain business growth, it’s crucial to create key business opportunities. Don’t be so busy in your day-to-day that you miss them …

Faced with staff shortages, supply chain disruption, and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we’re not quite out of the woods just yet. As we extricate ourselves from the Covid cocoon, it’s time for business leaders to step back from the day-to-day running of their business, and start focusing on the bigger picture. We talk to Nick Gold, MD, Speakers’ Corner to find out his opinion on what themes are important for your business in 2022?

In terms of attributes, what do you think is going to be key to focus on this year?

Environment, flexibility, culture — as employees continue to reassess their priorities in the wake of the pandemic, these company attributes have never been more important. And as business leaders, we have a responsibility to make

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