How Creating a Tipless Restaurant Made Me a Better Leader

Core City Development, Detroit, Michigan
Credit: Sarah Barthlow

Long before I became a chef, I had an obsession with fairness. Growing up in Detroit, the eldest of four girls, it was important to me that everyone had enough. Enough attention, enough allowance, enough phone time, enough food. I even remember when a teacher told my parents, “Kiki is very concerned with doing what’s right. She wants to make sure everyone has a turn.” I was 4, which is to say what you’re probably all thinking. Yes, I was...