This last few weeks have been incredible, especially in relation to seeing the attitude of the Blend Kitchen team to their own personal development and growth. We’ve all had so much to learn with the opening of Blend Kitchen and their ability to take on all the information me and Justin have thrown at them, process it and put it into action has been admirable.
Outside of work, we lost my uncle this week following an 18 month battle with cancer. While we knew that this moment had been coming since 2019, the realisation that we’ll never see him again always makes me re-evaluate life.
One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot this past few months is how do I maintain the right work life balance. Restaurants are all consuming and I find it so easy to throw myself into my work, without any thought for mine and my families wellbeing. With the passing of my uncle this week, it’s been a reminder that time is the most precious thing we have and we have to use it wisely. Rather than opening yesterday (bank holiday Sunday), I took the decision that I was going to spend the day with Caz and Ella at Gulliver’s Kingdom, and it was absolutely brilliant.
While we had the opportunity to make some money at Blend Kitchen, the culture at Blend Kitchen will always put the enjoyment we get outside of work first for many reasons. I’ve worked with many chefs who’ve seen their relationships fall apart due to their poor work life balance, issues with substance misuse and feeling the financial pressure of working in a notoriously low paid industry. This isn’t just linked to hospitality sector, I’ve seen first hand how the pressure of work can negatively impact on peoples wellbeing and relationships when they fail to protect their time for the things that really matter.
I was talking with Grace (Blend Kitchen front of house manager) the other day about the importance of this and us looking at how we place the wellbeing of our team at the top of our priorities. Society puts an incredible amount of pressure on us to have the latest mobile phone, car, foreign holiday etc resulting in chasing that better paid job or next pay rise without any second thought for our wellbeing. Their will always be more money to be earned or a ‘better paid job’ to be had but in reality, I really want the people we work with at Blend Kitchen to lead fulfilling lives that are about so much more than the money you earn.
One thing I’m incredibly proud that we’ve been able to achieve through Blend Kitchen is providing people with so many of the things that money can’t buy. From a supportive community that looks out for one another to a sense of purpose in your life , these are the things that ultimately matter. I’m really keen that our community continues to grow and that the as many people as possible benefit through Blend Kitchen. If you’ve got an idea for an event, community activity, training programme or anything else you think Blend Kitchen could provide a home to, please get in touch as we’d love to discuss it with you.
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