Most of the chef school graduates are very young. The idea of travelling abroad and having their first job in such an exciting, exotic location as London is like a dream for them. And yet, being so young, they are only vaguely aware of the pitfalls of being lured away from home and possibly even being exploited by some inscrutable, unscrupulous strangers. From our point of view, we are confident in the knowledge that all the young graduates we have ever employed have told us that coming to Tokyo Diner has been a really positive experience for them; but, from the point of view of young chef school graduates, our job offer may seem just ‘too good to be true’.
That is the whole point of the webcam: it is simply a way of putting the young chefs’ (and their parents’) minds at ease by demonstrating that the restaurant really does exist and that Tokyo Diner’s website is not some sort of scam. “A picture is worth a thousand words” and the webcam is the simplest way of conveying the whole purpose and character of the restaurant. Many of the graduates have subsequently told us that it was only because of the webcam that they took the website seriously and went on to read what was on offer.