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    Is Your Job Actually Important to Your Restaurant?

    Every job in the restaurant is important, no matter how small! I’ve spoken to many restaurant professionals over the years, who believe they are in a worthless job with no future. The fact is, nothing could be further from the truth; the only person in the restaurant with nowhere to grow is the owner! If someone feels this way about ...
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    10 Game Changing Female Chefs

    Celebrate Women's History Month with these 10 famous female chefs! “I know it doesn’t make sense, and I don’t understand it. But it is consistently the case: Women are better cooks. They approach food differently,” says Mario Batali, celebrity chef and owner of Babbo, in Bill Buford’s Book Heat. Women certainly don’t have it easy in the kitchen though. In ...
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    How Not to Fail as an Executive Chef

    Why fail when you can succeed as an executive chef! What does it take to be a professional executive chef? Baking and Pastry, Mastering the Art and Craft by The Culinary Institute of America says that “a professional makes a living from the practice of a craft. Rather than viewing work as simply a means to an end, true professionals ...
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    10 Things Executive Chefs Hate

    Don't want to see your chef like this, do you? Find out 10 executive chef pet peeves! Whether you are currently working in your dream job or making steps towards it, we can all agree that there are things we love and hate about work. To find out what executive chefs hate about their work I sought out one of ...
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    12 Networking Tips for Culinary Conventions

    Culinary conventions can be a great way to meet other culinary professionals, keep up with what's hot in the culinary industry, and experience a new city. They can also be a great opportunity to show off your food and wine if you get a booth. Recently, Chef's Blade went to SFChefs.Food.Wine and even as networking veterans, we learned a lot. ...
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    Why You Should Learn Spanish

    Why You Should Learn Spanish
    You're an international food marketer. You call a colleague, supervisor or supplier in Latin America or Spain. The only foreign word you know is hola, but when the receptionist answers the phone speaking machine gun-rapid Spanish, you don't panic. You ask to be transferred to Mr. So-and-So. "Just a minute, sir. I'll put you through," the receptionist responds in perfect English. ...
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    5 Things You Need to Know to Manage Banquets

    5 Things You Need to Know to Manage Banquets
    Do you know as much about what goes into the food as you do about serving? Can you manage menu planning and food presentation? Do you understand how purchasing supplies and equipment affects a food-service organization's bottom line? If you're a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the restaurant business, a banquet manager position might what your career appetite. Big Business Banquet ...
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    9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier

    Some of us are night owls. Others, early birds. Apparently, based on your chronotype, you will be more naturally alert earlier or later in the day. And your type may dictate when and for how long you sleep. But while a natural variance in sleep patterns is natural, it appears that the early bird is indeed the more coveted of ...
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    The Restaurant Toolbox

    The Restaurant Toolbox
    As a restaurant manager, you're expected to meet the daily challenges of running a restaurant head on and fight daily fires quickly and efficiently. The speed at which business occurs in a restaurant, along with the tight profit margins, means every move counts. Myriad technology solutions exist to reduce costs and streamline an operation. From back-of-the-house software that will manage purchasing, ...
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    How to Deal with Difficult Diners

    How to Deal with Difficult Diners
    Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach He doesn't like where he's sitting. He orders something not even remotely on the menu. His food is too cold, too spicy or both. He wants what he wants, he wants it now, and he'll be vocal to get it if necessary -- even if it means causing a scene. He's the quintessential difficult diner, ...
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    Sweet Success: How to Sell Desserts

    Sweet Success: How to Sell Desserts
    Bringing silverware to assist with breaking through the sugary crust of a crème brulee before dessert is even ordered is how servers increase sweets sales at Bayleaf Restaurant in Napa, California. It also helps to be knowledgeable about the chocolate bombe, right down to the Chambord sauce, according to Daniel Bolyarde. As head server at the fine dining establishment in the ...
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    4 Money-Saving Ways Companies and Restaurants Are Going Green

    4 Money-Saving Ways Companies and Restaurants Are Going Green
    The current trend with everyone currently is to ‘go green’ and this trend definitely does not stop at large and small companies alike. Everyone is looking to save a little bit of money in any way possible, if going green will help them do this then they will gladly look into it. 1. Reusable/Recycled Bags This is one of the most ...
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    Keeping the Faith: How to be a Successful Personal Chef

    Keeping the Faith: How to be a Successful Personal Chef
    Last week, we talked about the two most important things you need to have in order to be a successful personal chef. This week, I'd like to talk to you about one more thing that is absolutely essential if you're going to succeed. It's going to sound incredibly simple, and it's also going to sound like something that will make you ...
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    How to Get a Pay Rise

    How to Get a Pay Rise
    Colleagues call you ace, you always look busy and the chief executive knows who you are thanks to some smart moves at the office Christmas party. But have you done enough to earn yourself a raise? Not on that evidence. Here’s what it really takes to make the perfect pitch and boost your pay packet: 1. The bottom line. “You have ...
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    5 Tips to Get a Work Life that Doesn't Suck

    5 Tips to Get a Work Life that Doesn't Suck
    Michelle DeAngelis is the founder and president of Michelle Inc., a management consulting firm that has served Fortune 500 companies for 14 years. In her book, Get A Life That Doesn't Suck, she details tricks helpful to entrepreneurs looking for guidance on living life and starting their business successfully. WomenEntrepreneur.com asked her to discuss five key tips from her book from ...
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    Office Holiday Party Etiquette

    Office Holiday Party Etiquette
    Your company's holiday gathering is just around the corner - time to let loose and party with your coworkers after a long year, right? Wrong. According to business etiquette expert Hilka Klinkenberg, the cardinal rule is to remember that no matter how festive the occasion, it's still about business. Don't fall off the fast track to success or risk damaging your ...
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    Foreign Language Skills are Worth the Investment

    Mastering a foreign language while you're in college can help you land your first job after graduation. Just ask Lauren Mehler. Mehler, 21, recently graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in political science and minors in Italian and history. She'll soon start her new job as a marketing associate at Minneapolis-based General Mills, the international food marketer that's home to ...
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    Ten Excuses for Missing Work (Which Will Fly?)

    Ten Excuses for Missing Work (Which Will Fly?)
    Taking mornings, afternoons, or even entire days off from work is nothing to be ashamed of. Especially because the base labor in many career fields is becoming abstracted, allowing for the possibility of video-conferencing and telecommuting, there is often nothing wrong with working from home, or putting in a few hours after work one day and arriving late the next. And ...
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    How to Stay Positive in a Negative Workplace

    How to Stay Positive in a Negative Workplace
    “How do I keep the contagious effect of negativity from rubbing off on me?” is the question that I’m asked most frequently by my seminar participants. My reply: The Three P’s. These were inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Seligman who has extensively studied what makes some people positive despite the most dire circumstances. Likewise, what makes some people consistently ...
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    6 Steps to a Raise

    6 Steps to a Raise
    Many employees feel they’re underpaid for the work they do, yet they wait until their yearly performance review to negotiate a higher salary. But if you wait until then, you’ll be too late. You need to prepare year-round for that discussion. The following steps can help make sure you’re in position for a raise when review time comes around. *1. Define ...
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