I Love Avondale’s Dayne Smith was out and about recently finding out how people had fared during the lockdown. He spoke with the Pearce family about their situation, and asked, “Has the lockdown had any significant impacts on your household?”
“Well we both got made redundant, so I guess that’s quite significant haha.
“We’re chefs in an industry that was already struggling before the virus hit, so sadly this will be the final nail in the coffin for many businesses out there, and less jobs to go around. It won’t be ‘business as usual’ anytime soon – unfortunately there will be a new normal that everyone has to adapt to, especially in hospitality.
“It was obviously gutting to both lose our jobs like that and everything is very unknown right now, but we just count ourselves lucky as there are so many families out there who are in far more dire situations. We’ve tried to turn the experience into a positive one – quality time with our daughter which would not usually be the case with the hours we worked.
“Last year wasn’t exactly great for us either [with the closure of their Avondale cafe, Te Whau Eatery] and we’d been all ‘2020 is going to be our year’ so I guess it must be 2021 now right?!”