Sicily lacks over a thousand pastry chefs, ice cream makers and bakers: Few workers and too high costs

The article explains that in Sicily there is a shortage of over a thousand pastry chefs, ice cream makers, bakers, and artisan confectioners. This shortage becomes particularly apparent in the days leading up to Easter, when the consumption of traditional products, especially in the confectionery sector, increases. According to a study by the Economic Observatory of Confartigianato Sicilia, Sicily is missing 1,160 artisan pastry chefs, ice cream makers, confectioners, bakers, and pasta makers, representing 62% of the expected workforce. The president of Confartigianato Sicilia, Daniele La Porta, highlights the difficulty in finding qualified personnel and calls for more investment in education, professional training, and apprenticeships. The article also mentions the presence of 5,510 artisan companies in the confectionery sector in Sicily and the increase in prices of confectionery products despite some raw material cost pressures. Additionally, it discusses the tradition of Easter table with 279 Sicilian products offered by over 5,000 artisan companies.

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