Profitable Hospitality Podcast

Can you afford regular staff training? John Isbell, our guest in this podcast says you can’t afford not to train, especially as competition increases from new concepts and venues. Our customers also have increased expectations and product knowledge, so every business needs to be optimised for peak performance.

John is an experienced restaurant trainer, working with independent operators, restaurant groups and franchises to help them get the best from back of house, front of house and management staff. We talked about the quick wins a trainer can get with a new program, and the priorities for kitchen, service and leadership teams. John also had some great suggestions on how to involve staff in helping to create training content, and putting your activities into a calendar that will continue to benefit the business month after month. Lots of inspiration in this episode!

Contact John Isbell through Linkedin or Twitter

Direct download: PH2022520Edited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am AEST

Gradually restaurants and foodservice operators are becoming aware of the scale of worldwide Chinese tourism - more than 100 million people from China went overseas in 2016, and the number is growing steadily. That means lots of opportunities, especially if you tune into the particular needs and desires of this market.

To help us understand tourists from China, and the food culture there, Ken Burgin talked with Glen Hingley from Destination Taiwan. Glen is originally from hotel sales and management in Australia, and has lived in mainland China and Taiwan for almost 20 years. He’s watched the growth and change of Chinese restaurants and food culture, and is an excellent guide to a world that is still a mystery for many westerners. We talked about how Chinese people prefer to eat at a restaurant, red wine, flavours, comfort food, and how to make your guests feel welcome.

Direct download: PH2022420Edited.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:11am AEST

It’s been said that managers look after things, and leaders look after people. A manager handles the roster, security, service quality and logistics. Leaders handle the more challenging tasks of motivation, team building, discipline and all the personalities in restaurant life - customers and staff. Some managers are good leaders, and others not so much. It’s a tough call for a young manager in their early twenties to handle the human side of the job - every business has a big range of ages, personalities, skills, language abilities and experience.

In this interview, Ken Burgin talks with restaurant coach and consultant Donald Burns about how young staff can build their skills and experience to become good leaders. When they can handle the ‘people side’ of hospitality with confidence - conflict management, interviewing, coaching and teamwork, a whole new world of careers open up. We need more real leaders in the front and back of house! Connect with Donald Burns on his website and RestaurantCoachUniversity.

Direct download: PH2022320Edited.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:02pm AEST

Some of the most popular Profitable Hospitality podcasts are interviews with successful cafe and restaurant owners. Entrepreneurs who are tuned into customer desires, ready to take risks, keep a sharp eye on costs and have a knack for marketing and staff management.

One of these smart operators is George Dannaoui, partner-owner of the Moody Chef cafes in Sydney. George has been in hospitality for 13 years and shares his insights about business development, menu design, cost control, marketing, landlords, leases and finance.

George will also be the special guest of Profitable Hospitality and Silver Chef at a full-day workshop in Sydney on 18 March. This is a unique event held at one of his cafes, exploring what makes his businesses work and how you can have similar success. More information and bookings here - don't miss this! 

Direct download: PH2022220A20Edited.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:51pm AEST

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