I don’t know how it is in the other segments of the industry, but in my slice of the Pacific Northwest/Alaska there is a shortage of boat cooks. It’s a skilled trade, and good cooks are in demand ashore (gee thanks, Food Network…) so we see fewer of them applying than in years past.
I’ve been waiting for someone to create a nautical cooking program that trains the cook, prepares them for sea, and then acts as a hiring hall placing them (for a suitable placement fee from the boat company, of course). In my sphere we need 1 or 2 relief cooks a year, but we would pay a good fee to locate quality people, especially if they understand what a food budget is.
CAS, do you think the idea of a nautical cooking school is viable?