The Importance of Inclusivity in the Kitchen: In Support of Egale Canada
Since his early youth, Doug was raised in the kitchens of various bars and restaurants across Toronto, working his way from dishwasher to line cook and ultimately to head chef. Unfortunately, there came a time in his career when he realized that growing up in this aggressive environment had taught him more than just cooking skills. Today, Doug is a huge supporter and fan of Egale Canada and their work advocating for the rights of 2SLGBTQI people across the country by informing public policy and inspiring cultural change through education, research, awareness and more. Inspired by Egale’s important work, Chef Doug is doing his best to aid their mission of promoting human rights and equality by spreading the message of the importance of inclusivity throughout Canada’s restaurant industry.
If you’ve never worked in the service or food industry, or if you’ve been in the industry for so long that you can’t see it clearly, you may not be aware of one of the best kept secrets in hospitality: There is a toxic culture that permeates many (if not most) back of house environments which can be extremely sexist, bigoted or otherwise hateful towards marginalized groups at times. Now, Chef McNish aims to work with industry organizations in an effort to change this toxic, oppressive culture by bringing Egale’s workplace sensitivity programs to kitchens and businesses across Canada.
According to Doug, “We are living in a time where inclusivity is paramount. As a society, we need to understand and respect that everyone’s lived experiences are different. We need to come together now more than ever, instead of feeling divided.”
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