Bittman Speaks Up For Underpaid, Often Mistreated Restaurant Workers

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Give them money, rights, and respect.

While avid restaurantgoers are getting savvier by the sunchoke, Mark Bittman argues there's not enough spotlight on the livelihoods of their servers, bussers, and behind-the-scene helpers. He argues that while chefs have become celebrities, servers are the toilet paper on a Prada loafer leaving some David Rockwell–designed loo. Nice to hear that Five Guys offers sick days for their staff, though most restaurants do not. The sad fact that “The biggest workforce in America can’t put food on the table except when they go to work," is something to seriously chew on. [NYT]