Lamar Cornett has worked in restaurants for more than 20 years. During the pandemic, he began thinking about leaving that career behind.

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Lamar Cornett has worked in restaurants for more than 20 years. During the pandemic, he began thinking about leaving that career behind.

Courtesy of Lamar Cornett

A wooden spoon gliding over cast iron. Barely tall enough to see over the stove, Lamar Cornett watched his mother, a cook, make his favorite dish of scrambled eggs.

That first cooking lesson launched a lifelong journey in food. Cornett

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‘There are a lot of people going into this industry making very low rates of pay relative to how much it costs to live in parts of Ontario,’ says one of the report’s authors

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Despite receiving much adoration during the pandemic, grocery clerks and cashiers are working in overwhelmingly low-paid and part-time positions, according to a new report

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  • Restaurants are struggling to staff workers after laying off employees at the onset of the pandemic.
  • Amazon’s hiring spree and higher pay is eating into the US restaurant labor force, an expert says.
  • Fast-food chains are working to lure workers back with incentives, but it may not be enough.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

As restaurants struggle to find workers, one expert says Amazon is partly to blame.

Amazon has long been a disruptive force in the US market. In 2016, Amazon was blamed for killing off malls and retail chains like Borders and Circuit City through its

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“We’ve raised our prices maybe $1.25 in 10 years,” said Armando De La Torre Jr., owner of Guisados, which opened in Boyle Heights in 2010. “Every time we do it, we are so afraid.

“Whenever we raise our prices, we’re going to lose customers,” he said, adding that Guisados last raised its prices in February 2020. But over the last few years, and particularly since COVID-19 gutted the restaurant industry, “So much has changed in terms of rent, labor, insurance, general liability, and on and on and on,” he said.

“We’re not doing this to be selfish.”

America loves

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