Communal Table

Welcome to Communal Table, a forum for amplifying first-person voices in the food industry. Our goal is to work long term with leaders to create more humane and sustainable workplaces.


A Jury of My Peers

"If there were more critics who are people of color, would things be different?" asks chef Kwame Onwuachi.

Embrace Who You Are, Run Better Restaurants

"I would not have been able to set down this path in any meaningful way without first finding confidence in the parts of me that once felt like a weakness," says chef Ashley Christensen.

More Compassion, Less Yelling

"When a person is in need, politics goes out the window," says chef Edward Lee.

The Customer Isn't Always Right

Chef Elise Kornack has a recipe for improving interactions between diners and restaurant employees, and it all starts with one thing: common decency.

Against Masochism

It's time for us to stop glorifying our own masochistic behavior and find a healthier way to be, says chef Graeham Henderson.

Chef Katie Button Reflects on Experience with Sexual Harassment: 'It Overshadows Everything'

The award-winning Asheville chef is hopeful that the industry is changing—and that victims continue to come forward. "This type of behavior has been going on far too long," she says

What to Do with the Empty Hour

When you leave your restaurant late at night, your mind is still spinning and can't yet rest. Chef Greg Baker calls this "the empty hour."

Put More Women in Charge of Restaurants

Filmmaker Joanna James finds that restaurants run by women are better work environments for everyone. But why aren't more women getting a chance to lead?