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A Year in the LifeLondon

Yasmin Jaunbocus, Restaurant Public Relations

For Yasmin Jaunbocus, a public relations director at a hospitality-focused London company, when the first lockdown hit London, her clients…

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A Year in the LifeLondon

Jeremy Lee, Chef and Proprietor

In the world of restaurants, chef Jeremy Lee is held in regard like few others. Heading up the kitchen at…

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A Year in the LifeLondon

Irene Hua, Chef

Irene Hua, a chef at Dumpling Shack, describes her experience of working in hospitality over the past year as, “a…

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A Year in the LifeLondon

Michelle Salazar de la Rocha, Chef and Owner

In a very difficult year for London’s hospitality industry, the emergence of a taqueria in Hackney’s Netil Market — opened…

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A Year in the LifeLondon

Kate Towers, Restaurant Manager

Before the onset of the pandemic, Rochelle Canteen‘s restaurant manager and front-of-house lead Kate Towers was mentally preparing for the…

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A Year in the LifeNew York

Cédric Vongerichten, Chef and Restaurant Owner

Like many of us, chef Cédric Vongerichten found himself balancing the pressures of work life and family life during the…

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A Year in the LifeSeattle

Kristi Brown, Chef and Restaurant Owner

Summer 2020, right around her 50th birthday, was supposed to be when acclaimed chef and co-owner Kristi Brown and her…

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A Year in the LifeHouston

Ajna Jai, General Manager and Creative Director

In January, two months before COVID-19 forced restaurants and bars across the country to close, Ajna Jai closed her family’s…

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A Year in the LifeSan Francisco

Kevin Tang, Sous Chef and Pop-Up Pioneer

Like many other chefs who found themselves unmoored from their full-time jobs when dining rooms closed in March 2020, Nari…

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A Year in the LifeNew York

Dago Cruz, Line Cook and Sous Chef

Like many cooks, Dago Cruz found himself without work when dining rooms closed last March and finding work, no matter…

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