How much do you tip? If the service was good and you enjoyed your meal, the answer to that question is 20%. But how much do you tip the kitchen?

Restaurant owner Zach Pollack has just implemented a new “kitchen” gratuity line to the bill at his Los Angeles restaurant, Alimento. He hopes the additional tip that goes to his dishwashers, line cooks, and prep cooks will “impact the way cooks are compensated throughout the restaurant world,” according to Los Angeles Magazine.

He got the idea after losing two of his best line cooks to establishments that could pay higher wages. Pollack understood their conflict. He says,

“They couldn’t make it work on their end, and I couldn’t make it work on mine—this is a small restaurant. But at the same time, the servers are walking away with a lot of money. That’s great, but it put an issue in the spotlight that I’ve been aware of for a while.”

While it’s still too early to tell if restaurant patrons will utilize the new gratuity line, Pollack’s vision for more balanced front-of-house and back-of-house wages is a noble one, especially when some restaurants are considering removing tipping all together. We’ll be following this closely.

[via Los Angeles Magazine]

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