Not Enough Cooks: Restaurant Industry Faces Talent Crisis

November 19, 2015

Joe Kindred’s cooking career has taken him through top kitchens in San Francisco and Chicago, but when he decided to open a place of his own, the chef passed up big-city fame to return to his sleepy hometown of Davidson, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte. His restaurant, called Kindred, has become a critical darling (one of the best new restaurants in the U.S. this year, according to Bon Appétit) and an instant local hit. As much as that success draws from the restaurant’s stunning historical location and its use of local ingredients, Kindred says, it really comes down to…