All posts by Kat Kinsman

Still Here

Good humans, I sometimes hear that folks have the impression that Chefs With Issues is no longer ongoing or is gathering dust because the site is not often updated. Nope! The work is still daily, just more in the form of one-on-one conversations, getting people resources, arranging closed-door gatherings for industry people around the US (and occasionally abroad), and most frequently, within the Chefs With Issues Facebook group. I figure that the time may be better spent working with people rather than updating the site, but I could be wrong. I often am.

If you need help, reach out. We’re here. You’re not alone.

xxKat

HEARD! A Chefs With Issues x #FAIRKITCHENS Event in New Orleans

Fine humans of New Orleans, I’ve been working on this with the folks at #FAIRKITCHENS and it would be an honor to have you join Chef Mike Gulotta and me from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on 7/24 at Maypop Restaurant. We’ll have some experts on hand with the skills to help you help yourself and your coworkers make a better mental health environment.

“The industry can be challenging. We can support chefs, bartenders, servers to fuel the flame and do what they love. Our passion for food shouldn’t come at a cost. Join Kat Kinsman, Mike Gulotta and an industry panel of experts to discuss Creating a Sustainable Environment and Managing Crisis. This event is limited to 40 attendees so please RSVP to fairkitchens@gmail.com if you and a guest are interested in attending.”

HEARD! event invitation

HEARD! A Chefs With Issues x #FAIRKITCHENS Event

Fine humans of the NYC area, I’ve been working on this with some folks and it would be an honor to have you join us on 5/15. We’ll have some experts on hand with the skills to help you help yourself and your coworkers make a better mental health environment.

“The industry can be challenging. We can support chefs, bartenders, servers to fuel the flame and do what they love. Our passion for food shouldn’t come at a cost. Join Kat Kinsman and an industry panel of experts to discuss Creating a Sustainable Environment and Managing Crisis. This event is limited to 40 attendees so please RSVP to fairkitchens@gmail.com if you and a guest are interested in attending.”

HEARD! event invitation

Chefs With Issues Facebook Discussion Group

Depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders and more. They run rampant in the food community, and they’re so rarely discussed, let alone treated. Let’s talk about it.

This is a bit of an experiment after the message boards on chefswithissues.com got spammed and hacked. Great conversations were happening, but it was impossible to moderate. So I’m giving this a shot and trust that people are here because they want to talk openly and honestly, seek help, and help others.

Talk amongst yourselves in the Facebook group, restaurant folks. It’s a closed group and I’m going to try my best to only admit people from the industry. What happens here stays here. If you’re a journalist sticking your head in, hi there. I respectfully ask that you refrain from reporting on any conversations you see happening.

That’s it, really. Connect, chat, be cool to one another. If anyone wants to help moderate requests, just send me a note. Chefs With Issues on Facebook

UPDATE: For folks who have asked, yes, Chefs With Issues is still very active and ongoing. Most of the work is done person to person, or via this very lively Facebook group.