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
The One Thing Restaurant Owners Can Do to Help Their Staff Vote—and Why It Matters
"It is our duty to make sure they have the time to make their own voices heard," says Kelly English.
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."
Tom Colicchio on Reinventing Kitchen Culture and Empowering a New Generation of Talent
The Top Chef judge and restaurateur calls on fellow chefs to change the bro culture in professional kitchens.
If You Want a Healthy Kitchen, Lead from the Top Down
Gabriel Rucker got sober and found clarity as a leader in his restaurant and in the industry.
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?