There are warnings that a dire shortage of chefs could force restaurants to close across the West Country.
The problems are particularly being felt by Indian restaurants, but all sectors of the hospitality industry are affected.
One business feeling the effects is the Bombay Express - a family run restaurant in Torquay. They're struggling to find chefs, and warn that curry houses across the country face an uncertain future.
Social media is being used to connect curry houses and chefs - there are scores of vacancies.
Curry Houses say they're suffering not only from the general shortage of chefs, but also because tougher immigration rules means it's getting harder to bring chefs in from outside the EU, and that catering colleges aren't teaching students about British/Indian cuisine.
Because of the shortage of chefs, some kitchens are either having to buy in expensive agency staff or simply they're having to close because they haven't got enough people to keep the kitchen running.
It's not just high end restaurants suffering; care homes, cafes and canteens all need someone willing to cook.
The work has a reputation for being high-stress which is difficult to shake off.
The aim now is to try to make the industry more attractive to new recruits.
You can watch our first report on the 'Kitchens in Crisis' series below: