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BEFORE THE DINING EXPERIENCE TRY THE KITCHEN EXPERIENCE

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The goal of every restaurant and every chef is to create memorable experiences for the guest. Somewhere in our internal job description is a desire, and even a need to build an environment of WOW!

THE VALUE OF THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS

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Kitchens are great equalizers – it is the place where individual talent and exceptional intellect can be less important that dependability, organization, focus, and teamwork.

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MEASURE TWICE – CUT ONCE

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Desperation leads to ineffective decision making. This is always, always, always the case. Decisions based on panic are like the amateur carpenter who keeps making the wrong cut on a length of board until there is nothing left.

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IT’S TIME FOR RESTAURANTS TO PLANT THE SEEDS AND HARVEST THE TALENT

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Identifying problems has never been a challenge in the restaurant industry – there are many. Making the effort to solve those problems is another story.

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What Labor Shortage?

Download this FREE e-Book to learn the labor-saving tips your restaurant operation can use to earn more cheddar. Utilize this eBook to identify and tackle inefficiencies, work smarter, not harder, and bake end-to-end cost-savings into your business.

THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES

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What Customers Don’t Know About Restaurant Work

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More difficult than you may have thought, more chaotic than you might expect, more poetic than you realize, and more fulfilling than you would understand: this, to me, describes the environment of the professional kitchen that few customers are able to view or experience.

Why Culinary Programs Fail

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There has never been a more important time for culinary schools than right now.

CHEFS – VALUE and the TOP LINE DRIVE the BOTTOM LINE

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In the restaurant business there are really only two ways to view profit: a very small amount of profit balanced by very significant volume, or a significant amount of profit on far less volume. How you approach the design of your restaurant in this regard will determine nearly everything else.

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THE RETURN OF THE LINE COOK

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Look around – they’re slowly, but surely coming back.

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THE TERRITORY AHEAD FOR CHEFS

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It’s time to accept where we are, listen and understand where we might be going, put aside our frustrations and begin to establish a working strategy that is based on what is inevitable.

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Tips of the Trade: Optimize Your Restaurant's Google My Business Account

Get this FREE e-Book to learn how your restaurant operation can set up and manage an effective Google My Business profile. Use the eBook to create a GMB profile that will get more views, use keywords, easily develop killer content, and build momentum.

CHEFS – MENUS FOR 2021 AND BEYOND

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By now, everyone is aware that there are enormous challenges with the supply chain – brought on by the pandemic and post pandemic rush to return to normal.

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THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO DISAPPOINT

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Yes, I get it. It has all been about survival for restaurants over the past 16 months and survival has not been easy.

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The American Restaurant 2022 (Post Pandemic)

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Ah…now is the time for everyone to start speculating about what the restaurant business will look like when all of this craziness is over.

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LESSONS GIVEN – LESSONS LEARNED

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History has demonstrated that people tend to have short memories. Even through the most challenging and tragic experiences, when the lessons are quite vivid – we quickly push aside the need to change in favor of a return to what is considered “normal”.

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THE KITCHEN IS LIFES’ CLASSROOM

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Sitting is the chef’s office, or what some might refer to as a storage room with a desk, it is always enlightening to look out on the kitchen and watch the motions of those who have found a home in double-breasted white jackets and skull caps.

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Comprehensive Guide to New Revenue Streams for Restaurants

Download this FREE eBook to learn how successful restaurant operators are using technology to cut costs, drive revenue and grow their businesses. In the e-Book, you'll learn how to: • Leverage customer data • Own marketing • Create and expand services.

The Breakfast Cook – Tough, Dependable, Organized, and Fast

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There are cooks and there are cooks – each has his or her list of responsibilities, required skills, and bag of tricks. Just because you are listed on a schedule as a cook does not necessarily mean that you are adept at filling every position under that designation.

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FOR THE LOVE OF RESTAURANTS and COOKING

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I am optimistic and realistic at the same time.

THE 2021 CHEF SKILL SET

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It is always safe to say: “things change”. Change is an inevitable part of life and as we all know if we fail to recognize that and adapt – we can become obsolete.

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THE AGE OF RESTAURANT FREE-AGENCY

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Well, I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures. If there is stability in the restaurant business – I’m not quite sure where it is.

2021 381

New Restaurants Checklist: Ensuring Success

Developing a business plan is key when it comes to new restaurant startup success. Restaurant owners should have a clear picture of their goals, strategies, and budgets in order to determine and allocate resources properly. Read this checklist with it's 4 key steps to ensure your restaurant's success.

CHEFS – FAILURE IS NOT INEVITABLE

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It seems that every time I check my email or flip through postings in social media – there is another restaurant, food business, or culinary school preparing to close their doors.

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COOKS NEED TO BUILD AND PROTECT THEIR BRAND

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Success doesn’t happen on its own – you make it happen. Yes, as a cook you may wonder when great things will come your way and the answer is – probably never. You need to seek out the opportunities and prepare to thrive when one is in your sights – success doesn’t simply appear.

2021 369

THE RESTAURANT ECO-SYSTEM NEEDS HELP

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There are a number of reasons why restaurants fail – some are predictable and avoidable, while others can catch a business off guard. None, however, are as devastatingly out of the operators control as this pandemic. Even the best operators are at a loss for solutions.

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THE CHEF’S EMOTIONS

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Let’s face it – we are prisoners of our own emotional package. Some of these emotions are visible and some are not; some are more pronounced in certain individuals, and some are barely noticeable in others, but the fact remains that our emotional package can be, and in many cases is: in control.

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The Restaurant Technology Buyer's Checklist

Evaluating new technology for your growing restaurant enterprise tends to be a long, murky, burdensome process. After helping dozens of companies on their restaurant management solution selection journey, we’ve identified the common factor in finding the right fit: precise, thoughtful research. In this simple guide, we highlight the twelve most essential research areas that technology evaluators need to include in their evaluation journey. Download the guide today.

IS THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY ADDICTED TO NORMAL?

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We are so close to the turning point, so close that we can almost taste it. If we can just get past the vaccine hesitancy then the country, and the restaurant industry might be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, this is what we hope.

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IN CHALLENGING TIMES DON’T MAKE CLASSIC BUSINESS MISTAKES REMEMBER THE TOP ELEVEN

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Difficult times in business can never be addressed with complacency. This is the time to double your efforts rather than allow yourself to get caught up in the malaise. There is always opportunity beyond business survival for those who commit to moving forward.

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A CHEF’S REFLECTIONS

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The most challenging part of difficult times is living in the moment. Today is what gives us the most angst since we live in uncharted territory with all of the unpredictable factors that align with it.

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FINDING YOUR WAY AS A COOK AND A CHEF

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To make a difference – this is something that many of us seek and so few of us think that we accomplish. At some level we all make a difference, even if only in one person’s life, one situation, one community, or even one business.

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Niche Solutions vs Comprehensive Platforms

Save yourself time and money – ditch the niche.

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A TAVERN

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Every year, a significant number of new restaurants open and almost as many close their doors for good. It is, that spark of “I have a great idea for a restaurant” that drives many people towards the leap into entrepreneurship – a leap that too many are unprepared for.

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A NEED FOR SOLUTIONS

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I have been asked to provide potential solutions for a generations long dilemma in the hospitality industry, a dilemma that has resulted in physical, mental, and emotional burnout and even a dependence on drugs and alcohol to serve as a band-aid for the wounds that are formed. “My

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CHEFS – WHAT DOES YOUR MENU REPRESENT?

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Consider this – the menu is the most important component of a successful restaurant and once designed it can, and should, impact every other aspect of the business.

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WHAT RESTAURANTS HAVE LEARNED DURING THE PANDEMIC

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Where Are the Hourly Workers? Finding Hourly Applicants in Today's Labor Market

Learn about 6 compelling insights that are contributing to the current hourly shortage, and uncover 4 actionable strategies to help you boost applicant flow up to 9x - even in today’s labor market.

CHEFS – TIME TO BRING BACK THE “WOW” IN DINING

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Let’s put aside, at least for a short time, the antagonistic, woe is me, hard-nosed dialogue about the problems with staffing, the generation that doesn’t want to work anymore, the cheap employers that don’t want to pay a fair wage, and customers who refuse to respect us and let’s focus on what we do.

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A LETTER TO CULINARY SCHOOL GRADUATES

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First and foremost – congratulations on earning your degree or certificate. This is an accomplishment that over the course of your lifetime will reward you tenfold.

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PLAYING WITH FIRE

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Most of us tend to gravitate to what we can control. We have an innate desire to do what we’re good at and avoid what we are not. It is the fact of control that differentiates comfort from a lack thereof.

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A CHEF’S LETTER TO CONGRESS

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When approached, as it should be – your position is very challenging, at times – almost impossible.

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Dive Into Your Inventory Data (and Add Substantial Profits to Your Bottom Line)

Speaker: Ian Foster, Sculpture Hospitality Regional Director West Coast

In this seminar, Ian Foster will discuss the basics of inventory management, including tips on how to get inventory right and how to evaluate your food and pour costs. Ian will examine the best ordering practices from our clients. Finally, he’ll share some case studies showing how well designed inventory control can uncover hidden losses from over-pouring and lost sales that will result in several thousand dollars of extra profit every month.