The more I read, the more I am shocked...I have been looking for a new job on different sites and I still find quite frustrating the " no food issues" clause. I am a long time vegan, never made a fuss about it, always been happy to eat whatever the cook or chef could put together for me or did it myself when/where possible. I've been crewing with so called " omnivores" who for her own sake decided she did not want to eat red meat or chicken, no pasta or bread...so? but I was the one welcomed by the captain with..." I'll never hire freaking vegetarians" thanks mate. What's the deal? I believe I can perform just like any omnivore.Why should it be an "issue"? Why should I miss out on jobs for my ethical choices? I'll be interested to know how other veg deal with it
|Being a chef, I realize that it's necessary to work around different dietary restrictions, be it allergies, preferences, or what have you. All too often, these discussions become black and white, i.e. being totally carniverous as opposed to being totally vegetarian. There is a happy balance between the two and it's up to me to discover exactly where that balance is. That is why I serve crew meals family-style for the most part. That way crew members can pick and choose what they put on their plates and how much.|
My main problem with crew preferences is when they are overly picky. Then I have to get into preparing 6 different individual meals instead of one big one. Most yacht galleys and storage areas are very limited and when I have to get into 6 different choices on everything, crew and galley fridges become overloaded. We have to all be more accomodating with each other and leave super-restrictive personal preferences at the dock. Crew have to live in very close and personal spaces, which is completely unlike most other professions. We have to be able to not only work together; we also have to be able to LIVE together.
That being said, I've rarely run into someone in the industry that is unreasonable with their dietary requirements. They understand that while we're on charter, they have to be a little more accomodating and may have to fend for themselves, from time to time. I just make sure there is always an option in my stores for just such an occasion.
Unfortunately, a vegan diet is so restrictive that it is very difficult to accomodate in a close-quartered situation like you would find on a yacht (unless, of course, it is a very large one). By choosing that diet, you are in essence limiting your employment options. If that's something that you can live with, then by all means, go for it. Just realize that by doing so, you are in essence closing some doors in the process. There is no such thing as "equal employment opportunity" in the yachting industry, like it or not.
Posted by: Christian Russo at 16/03/2011 13:39