Profitable Hospitality Podcast

Success stories are always favourites with podcast listeners, and this one is terrific. I’m talking with Samantha Bottegal of the PekoPeko Cafe group in Western Australia. She and her partner have grown their business from one to three cafes since they started in 2003, and they’ve made sure that growth has also meant having a better life style.

We talked about Samantha’s early experience with food in Japan, the enthusiasm for Japanese food in Australia, challenges in her first business and developing systems to manage sales, recruitment, communication and financial management. We also discussed the value of expert consulting advice, and how loyal staff will step up to manage a business for you - even when you take a holiday in the busiest month of the year!

Direct download: PH2022920Edited.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:07pm AEST

It's usually easier to give praise, and we often avoid the more difficult moments when negative feedback needs to be given to an employee who’s a bit slow, making mistakes or not following guidelines. It could be a frontline worker, someone in the kitchen or a manager. Roger Simpson of The Retail Solution has some excellent tactics to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of feedback - the negative, the positive and for improvement.

We talked about when to have the conversations, how they should be structured, words to use and avoid, the importance of listening and when to follow up. Roger has trained staff and managers on this topic, from some of the leading foodservice operators in Australia - he knows what works and shares it with you now. Definitely an interview to pass on to supervisors and your management team.

Direct download: PH2022820Edited.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:02am AEST

We like the idea of online training, but it’s easy to think it’s just for big restaurant groups with lots of resources. In fact there’s a lot that an independent restaurant or cafe can do to get much of their training online. The benefits are considerable – better consistency, training sessions that can be run at any time, and access to material that can be sourced from industry as well as what you create.

In this interview, Ken Burgin talks again with restaurant trainer John Isbell. It’s a follow-up to Podcast 225 on How to Create an Effective & Affordable Training Program. We discussed the areas that best lend themselves for online training, the ‘baby steps’ you can take to get an online program started, integrating online sessions with face-to-face training, and ways that staff can help create content.

We also talked about ready-to-use training systems, using YouTube videos, the staff who may not be so quick to adapt, and measuring ROI. I hope you’ll get lots of inspiration from this interview – I know I did! You can find John on Linkedin and on Twitter

Direct download: PH2022720Edited28129.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:30am AEST

It’s easy for menus to become more and more elaborate, as everyone adds their ideas and favourites. Before you know it, prep and service times are longer, and labour and food costs rise. This can be a problem for individual restaurants, and a major issue for franchise operators.

In this interview Ken Burgin talks with chef Richard Robinson of Food Associates in Sydney. He works on the development of recipes and menus for foodservice businesses of all types – maximising flavour, simplifying production, reducing labour costs and ensuring that the recipes contribute to the business concept.

We talked about how he analyses a recipe, what items can be outsourced, and skilling up your workforce so they all work quickly and efficiently. We also discussed supply chain issues, flavour shortcuts and making sure special diets are handled in the easiest way possible. This is an interview to share with everyone in the kitchen!

Direct download: PH2022620Edited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am AEST

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