How has the Chef Role Evolved?

Published 04, Jun 2018

Every year, new trends and flavours burst onto the scene and we expect restaurants to keep their menu updated in line with whatever’s the next hottest thing. As the food that we eat changes, so does the role of the chef and the whole kitchen staff. It’s no longer purely about cooking. Here’s how and why the chef role has evolved to where we’re currently at.

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Topics: Foodie Culture, Exceeding Customer Expecations

Cold Brew and Beyond: 7 Coffee Trends to Look Into

Published 29, May 2018

 

 

Coffee is a fundamental part of foodie culture around the world. And, over the past few years, the coffee industry has evolved majorly for a variety of reasons. It’s important to keep on top of new trends, so you can cash in on what’s newly popular. Here are some general trends that we’ve noticed in the coffee industry as well as some specific things to look out for and try in your restaurant or cafe. On the whole, coffee is getting cooler...

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Topics: Foodie Culture, Exceeding Customer Expecations, Business Profability

6 Awesome Bakery Trends of 2018 That We Love

Published 24, May 2018

Health kicks might come and go, but one thing that'll never go out of style is dessert. From exotic doughnuts and new wave cookies to boozy cakes, here are six amazing bakery trends of 2018 that we can't get enough of.

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Topics: Foodie Culture

7 Famous Chefs' Guilty Pleasures: Can You Relate?

Published 23, May 2018

 

If you're whipping up mouth-watering dishes for a living, then surely you wouldn't be tempted by the likes of junk food and takeaways, right? But as it turns out, the guilty pleasures of top chefs sound just like ours. From M&Ms to processed meat, here's what seven chefs actually tuck into when they fancy a treat. How many can you relate to?

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Topics: Foodie Culture

Flavour Trends 2018: Could Your Customers Handle These New Tastes?

Published 02, May 2018

A new year means a fresh start and with that, comes the inevitable wave of exciting food and flavour trends. We're a few months into 2018 now and if you haven't already, now's as good a time as ever to introduce some of the hottest tastes to your diners. From vegetable-heavy dishes to hearty African cuisine, here are five of the best flavour trends for 2018. 

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Topics: Foodie Culture, restaurant

How to Take Your Chef Career to the Next Level

Published 27, Apr 2018

There's so much more to being a great chef than knowing how to cook well. Working long hours under pressure, delivering dishes quickly without sacrificing the quality and dodging hazards are just a few of the things professional chefs endure in the kitchen and it takes skill, particularly if you want to keep climbing the career ladder. If you want to take your chef career to the next level, here are some things you can do. 

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Topics: Foodie Culture

No Thanks! 8 Food Trends We Were Glad to Leave Behind in 2017

Published 26, Apr 2018

While some were funky and innovative, others were questionable or just downright bizarre. Basically, anything that looked good when photographed - even if it didn't taste good. Here are 10 weird and overrated food trends we're so glad to have left behind in 2017. 

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Topics: Foodie Culture

Are Robot Servers the Future of Quick Service?

Published 30, Oct 2017

If robot service seems more like sci-fi than reality, you’re in for a surprise. Japan has been utilising robots for years, and the UK will eventually follow suit, especially with fast-food workers demanding higher pay rises the world over. Some in the industry claim that robots are always polite, they’re never late for work, they don’t get paid extra, they’re never ill, they don’t ask for raises, they won’t have slips, trips, and falls accidents, and they never take time off.

 

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Topics: Foodie Culture

Coffee Shop WiFi Management: Tips for Owners

Published 05, Sep 2017

We’ve all seen that person in the coffee shop taking up valuable real estate, the cool corner chair or table and the best, most accessible plug, absorbed in their laptop - and they’ve only bought one cup of tea (or worst, keep requesting free ice water). You can’t exactly kick them out, but every hour they sit there with their laptop, they’re losing you business, and slowing down your bandwidth. When free WiFi comes to your business, how do you manage it, and how do you deal with those tricky customers? Here are some tips for owners: Coffee Shop WiFi Management.

 

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Topics: Foodie Culture

How to Calculate Food Portions for Catering

Published 06, Jul 2017

The most difficult task in catering for an event is learning how to calculate food portions for the number of guests and type of event you have. You don’t want people to go home hungry, but equally you don’t want to have too many leftovers, which is a waste of both money and time. How many bread rolls does each person need? What about appetisers? Desserts? Sides? Should you do some of all, and, if so, how much? SHOES FOR CREWS (Europe) Ltd. has come up with a budget guide, covering the most common catering situations.

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Topics: Foodie Culture