Profitable Hospitality Podcast

It’s hard not to be fascinated by the food, presentation and service when travelling overseas – there can be a lot of inspiration. But what can be applied back home – will it appeal to local customers and give us a competitive edge? Every food business needs to be developing new products, and updating existing one – better flavour, production methods and service. 

In this interview Ken Burgin talks with Graeme McCormack of Food Associates, about his recent trends tour to New York and London. He and his team were looking closely at new products, display, merchandising, packaging, new flavours and changing attitudes to healthy food claims. There is lots of inspiration for your next menu!

Businesses mentioned in the podcast include Gail’s Bakery, Ottolenghi, Marks & Spencer, Greencore and Pret a Manger in the UK. Plus Eataly, Shake Shake and Katz Deli in the USA.

Direct download: 255_Casual_Food_Trends_from_New_York_and_London.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEDT

Sustainability sounds like one of those worthy topics that is too serious for the happy world of cafes. But our guest today, Kim Elena Ionesco says it’s one of the most interesting and exciting jobs in the coffee industry! Kim is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the Speciality Coffee Association and has developed this role and watched the industry advance for the last 10 years.

Ken Burgin interviewed Kim about the wide range of sustainability projects underway, from plantations, to transport, roasting, retail, right through to disposal of the cup. The type of work done on farms is changing, and climate change is having an impact. Roasters have new options for processing beans with less energy, and there are many ways for cafes to work more consciously and use fewer resources. SCA have published some excellent Green Guides to help you with the process.

Direct download: 254_Sustainability_for_Cafes_and_the_Coffee_Industry.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEDT

The shortage of chefs is on the mind of every restaurant operator, and each year it seems to get worse. But chefs have a choice of where they work, and even with shortages, smart operators will have more success attracting talent if they tune into the wants and needs of the people they’re after – chefs are no different to other professionals.

It’s inspiring to talk with executive chefs and managers who are successfully finding and keeping the right staff - they see it as a challenge that can be overcome. One such person is  Gary Johnson, National Food Manager of the Spirit Hotels Group. Ken Burgin talked with Gary about how he has dramatically reduced the turnover of chefs, created a development program for younger chefs to move into responsible positions, and runs a continual training program to improve their management and leadership skills. It’s a great story!

Direct download: 253_Successful_Chef_Recruitment_and_Retention.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEDT

Hospitality is a fast-paced and often stressful industry, and doesn’t have a great track record for looking after its people. It’s no wonder that we have high turnover and difficulty keeping good staff – chefs, managers and front of house. We need to improve our support for employees at all levels, so they can handle the pressure, feel valued and look after themselves. The annual RU OK? Program has special relevance for an industry with so many casualties.

In this interview, Ken Burgin talks with psychologist Annette Koy about how to help employees become stronger and more resilient, and the value of listening. We discussed strategies for business owners, senior staff, chefs, new managers, men and women. You can contact Annette Koy through Linkedin.

Direct download: 252_How_to_create_a_more_resilient_workforce.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:49am AEDT

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