5 Golden rules for running the perfect restaurant

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Irrespective of what the TV shows and movies make you believe successfully running a restaurant whether big or small is something newbies and so called accomplished businessmen struggle with alike.

It needs tons of work, sweat, discipline and most of all perfect time and task management as you’ll be cooking, tasting, managing, recruiting, need I go on? So we interviewed 5 of best chefs around and asked them what it takes. Here’s what most had to say.

Stay Focussed

Well it’s easy to lose sight of what you love to do with so much work in hand. From one spot to the next it’s always going to seem like a whirlwind of a day which at times gets really frustrating. After all if you love the kitchen that’s where you’d want to be right?

Remember what matters in the end is the quality of the food you serve and the customer experience. Give them a lifetime of a dining experience and your PR will peak.

Lay a strong foundation

Not only for your building but laying down a strong foundation or in other words streamlining the work early on sets up a nice tone for the future. You’ll be managing 100’s of tasks and people which during hectic times can result in mismanagement or inconsistencies.

Set firm systems and line of communications amongst waiters, chefs and other members. No two restaurants function the same way, see what best suits yours.

Build the right team

One of the most difficult tasks you’ll need to accomplish is setting up a team. Finding people that share your interests or have same passion isn’t easy especially if you’ve just started out and have small, hot, clamped up kitchens.

In the end it’s about getting the job done irrespective of the circumstances and helping your employees learn and adapt. That’s how the best restaurants operate. Here’s a team building guide you’d like to read about first.

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Maintain a balance

It’s easy to get caught up with the work but one the best traits of any entrepreneur is that they always find a way back home at the end of the day. Finding this balance especially if you’ve got kids is important.

Trouble at home means trouble at work. Everyone starts small. Make the most of what’s around you and don’t let complacency slip in.

Keep up the quality

Like I said everyone starts small but only the ones that take their service and quality seriously are the ones that succeed. Make the most of the funds you have. Bring the best ingredients, materials and more importantly the best employees.

Having happy employees translates to happy customers. You’ll not always be around so make sure you train them right and treat them right and you’ll have a lot less to be tensed about or running around.

5 Reasons why I recommend pressure cookers over slow cookers

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When talking about cookers for most people there’s an obvious first choice and that’s a slow cooker a choice that has often irked me. Why not a pressure cooker? I have been using one for a long time and love it but I am sure lots of you still have questions and doubts. So today I am going to take some time out and share with you the 5 reasons I always recommend pressure cookers over slow cookers.

Perfect for unplanned meals

Like the name suggests slow cookers are actually slow comparatively. So if you’ve got a party at let’s say 9 you’ve got to  get started by 5-6 to get things done on time whereas with the latter you could wait until 7-8 pm and yet end up with a tender and juicy steak or stew.

But it comes down to your work style. Like getting things done early? Sure get slow cooker but if you’d rather wait or are lazy and disorganized a pressure cooker works best.

Efficient at high altitudes

At heights water tends to have a lower boiling point which means cooking of beans, lentils etc. in slow cookers is going to be slower and inefficient as compared to a pressure cooker.

Apart from that most slow cookers prep food at increased temperatures and while it’s assumed safe it’s not ideal when you need your stew or soup to be cooked at low heat.

Takes up less space

Cramped for room on the kitchen counter? Well then a slow cooker is a big no.  Not only because of its bigger dimensions but also because a slow cooker generally can only be used for one task and that’s slow cooking.

While on the other hand a pressure cooker is smaller and also allows you to sauté or brown ingredients in case the recipe calls for it once they are cooked.

Ideal for vegetarian foods

Love beans or veggies? Then note that a slow cooker only tends to make them soggy and soft and neither do they taste the same especially the beans. Comparatively the pressure cooker does a far better job in lesser time and keeps the beans from splitting and once it’s ready you can further crisp it up and add a few more flavors by putting on the grill or stir frying it.

Helps with cooking variety

One of the best things about these cookers is their unmatched ability to make and store soups and stews. Yes a slow cooker does an efficient job but what sets a this cooker apart is its ability to act as a container i.e. store food which in turn increases shelf life, a process often referred to as canning.

This is especially useful for restaurants offering soups and soup lovers alike. An investment worth the price tag.

Have your say on this in the comments section below and let us know what’s worked best for you.

Everything you need to know about the KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer

While KitchenAid does provide you with a variety of models to choose from, KitchenAid Pro Line Mixer has become really popular these days with its 7-quart bowl. One of the most effective and quietest mixer, this model has become the official mixer for serious bakers. It provides a good power and performance while looking stylish at the same time.

Although at priced around $600 it is a little expensive, but its various features and attachments makes it one of the best mixers out there. You can make a variety of recipes with the help of this mixer and its dishwater-safe accessories make it utterly easy for storage and cleaning.

Overview of the Company

KitchenAid is one of the most known company name in regards to stand mixers and is often known for its durable products. Although its products do not come cheap, they are a good investment in the long run and provide you with a wide variety of options. KitchenAid stand mixers come in various colors and provide the customers with a choice that they lack in other Stand Mixers brand.

Technical Info & Warranty

It has a Length of about 15 inches, Width of 13 inches and height of 16 inches and thus should easily fit into even the smallest of places. It’s metal coated and will brighten up the look of your kitchen and comes with a 3 year warranty

Features:

It comes with a 7-quart bowl which can mix large quantity of ingredients at a time. Its 1.3 HP motor provides sufficient energy to perform various activities from mild to fast whisking. With its 10 speed settings, you can perform any of the baking tasks easily.

Good design for adjusting to mixing loads and calibrating its torque accordingly to improve the performance.It comes with a lift bowl design which makes it easier to fix the bowl at place and easier to add ingredients to the mixture.

Along with this, many accessories like the coated metal beater, dough hook, plastic pouring shield etc. are provided which are easy to clean and maintain. You can either put them all into a dishwasher or wipe them clean using a cloth.

Due to its metal coating, it is bound to last for a long time without compromising on its efficiency. Good at both mixing small and big quantity of ingredients

Pros:

Apart from being easy to maintain what I really like about it is that it can mix large quantity of ingredient in a single go which is made possible with the 10 speed settings and the 3HP motor. It’s also long-lasting and performs every task with complete efficiency.

Cons:

On the downside it’s going to cost you a few extra bucks and tends to be noisy. Depending on your mixture constant scraping is also required. It is heavy and thus difficult to move and takes time to come up to its full potential regardless of the speed setting

Verdict:

If you are looking for a top notch model and price isn’t an issue for you, then this is the model for you. With its large bowl, it is perfect for mixing and baking cakes for large crowds and gatherings. Its metal coating will ensure that you are able to use it for years to come. One of the best stand mixers out there in the market, it is a perfect choice for regular cake and cookie baking too. So what are you waiting for? Go and order this Stand Mixer right now.

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