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Negative chef stereotypes to avoid

Posted by Chloe Papas on Sep 4, 2017 9:05:00 AM

We’ve all seen the movies and television shows based around the life of a chef – or set in a restaurant kitchen – where the main character’s demeanor is a little prickly. 

Whether they are barking out orders, hovering a little too closely to their staff, or bringing their personal lives to work, there are a few common traits that we see played out time and time again on the big and small screens.

Maybe you know those traits a little too well. Restaurant kitchens are high-stress environments, and those at the top of the ranks have the most pressure on their shoulders. 

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Categories: Tips for hospitality managers, Tips for back of house

How to become an Executive Chef

Posted by Chloe Papas on Aug 21, 2017 9:46:54 AM

If you’re dabbling with the idea of turning your cooking professional, have already started on your journey, or want an idea of the qualifications and skills required to make it in the top-level kitchen, this is the guide for you. 

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Categories: Tips for back of house, Hospitality career advice

A detailed guide to food poisoning for restaurants

Posted by Emily Tatti on Aug 4, 2017 8:50:00 AM

When food isn't prepared properly, your customers can get very sick. Odds are you drill this into your kitchen staff from day one, because most restaurants are sticklers about enforcing proper food safety. 

But in 2017 alone, plenty of high profile restaurants have been in the news for food poisoning allegations, which shows there's still a lack of proper training in this area. While food can become contaminated during farming, harvesting and shipment, which is outside your restaurant’s control, many cases can also happen because of behavior inside your venue.

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Categories: Hospitality operations, Tips for hospitality managers, Tips for back of house

The 5 best stretches to do before a hospitality shift

Posted by Emily Tatti on Mar 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Working in the service industry can be really tough on your body. You’re working odd hours, you’re on your feet all day, and you’re lifting, bending, carrying and straining almost continuously.

In terms of occupational health and safety, hospitality workers are considered more vulnerable than many other workers. According to WorkSafe Victoria, the most common injuries in hospitality occur in the hands and fingers (35%), the back (16%), and the forearm or wrist (11%).

Doing stretches before or after work every day can help prevent these injuries. Here are 5 of the best stretches recommended by health and wellness experts.

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Categories: Tips for front of house, Tips for back of house, Wellbeing for hospitality

6 simple money saving tips for hospitality workers

Posted by Emily Tatti on Mar 1, 2017 8:50:00 AM

Working in hospitality can be incredibly rewarding. You’re following your passion, you’re bringing people joy, and you’re developing a diverse skillset that will be with you for the rest of your career.

But it can also be tough on your hip pocket. Especially when you’re working irregular shifts, or you’re a student who can only afford to work so many hours a week. Unfortunately, the recent changes to penalty rates in Australia will only make things harder for a lot of people.

If these changes have you worried, and you’re looking for a few simple ways to save money without adjusting your whole lifestyle, then you might like to check out these hacks.

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Categories: Tips for front of house, Tips for back of house, Wellbeing for hospitality

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