The app is encouraging restaurants to support and promote gender equality and diversity.
You may know OpenTable as an app that helps you make reservations at restaurants around the world. But, with a play on its own name, OpenTable is focusing on something, else too: a campaign asking chefs and restaurants to commit to having an “open kitchen” by supporting equality and shunning abusive work cultures.
“We’ve teamed up with a collection of our nation’s most prominent chefs and restaurateurs to make a shared commitment to 86 an exclusionary, abusive culture, front and back of the house,” OpenTable writes on its Open Kitchen campaign page.
Restaurants who want to participate in the campaign are encouraged to take actions such as posting a website mission statement committed to an ethical work culture or offering anti-harassment training to employees, according to the site. Restaurants can also post “pledge posters” on their OpenTable profiles or on their front doors.
“Everyone deserves a seat at the table,” the poster states, and then continues, “as a restaurant, we commit to: Listen to one another, with care, compassion, and respect. Treat one another with hospitality—just as we treat our guests. Grow our team with a focus on diversity and inclusion. [Show] moderation and professionalism, on and off the clock. [And have] a policy of zero tolerance for harassment of any kind.”
Several chefs have already stepped up to the challenge, and have recorded a video asking other chefs and restaurants to do the same. (Chefs on the recording include Top Chef contestant Tanya Holland, Stuart Brioza, Nicole Krasinski, Ed Lee and Mary-Sue Milliken.) The chefs take turns repeating the promises of the campaign, saying in part, “I run an open kitchen, where it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, as long as you’re a team player and roll up your sleeves. In my restaurant, respect comes first, and that means moderation, professionalism, and zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind.”
The OpenTable campaign comes during the reinvigorated #MeToo movement, and after several notable chefs—including Mario Batali, Ken Freidman, John Besh, and Johnny Iuzzini—have been accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.