Posts Tagged ‘chef help’

Chef talk: Chefs, it’s a numbers game

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What is it about chefs, management and everything in between that is so complex? What makes cooking such a different trade to the others? I’ve got two words: Pressure and theatre. Simple, almost.  And yet so not simple. Pressure is a given in any restaurant or food outlet. It’s the pressure of high standards, a…

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Tool kit talk: Try to reverse the plunge with a song

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Are you having a great start to the year?  You may have started with the best of intentions and then found that you have fallen off track.  Guess what that is normal!!! But reversing the plunge is often easier than you think.  We all have good and bad days.  It’s the law of polarity.  What…

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Chef talk: Kitchen tales and memories…

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Kitchen tales? For some light reading and fun as the silly season heads into the new year and what so many of us hope will be new starts, here’s a look back at some times in a kitchen when opening my own restaurant was not even on the radar.  Like so many, hospitality work was…

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Gary Johnson on Fish Tanks, Sting and celebrity chefs

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“A kitchen is a fish tank – you need all species for that symbiotic if not ecological balance, there’s always guppies, fighting fish, a couple of snails, the diversity – you need to make exceptions for exceptional people.” And so began our talk with a metaphor and a twist. Gary is not a celebrity chef,…

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Testimonials: The why we do this

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Wondering why we set this site up in the first place? Read the results below: what we do works, and works well.  “Rachael has a unique set of skills that enable her to relate easily to a very broad range of clients. Her practical and down to earth nature ensures Rachael is approachable and empathetic.…

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What is frustration and what can I do about it?

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Who is that person that takes over your mind and body when your buttons have been pressed and you feel completely frustrated? You know what I’m talking about. That if you had a mirror in front of you when you were speaking (or ranting) , in one of those frustrated moments, you wouldn’t recognise yourself!…

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A cure for chef stress? We hope so. And why? Read on

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  We have possibly, a cure for chef stress. Off the Hotplate is here now. And why do we need it so badly? Stress is a part of modern living. We live in a fast paced world. And everyone has their challenges both at work and home.  So a degree of stress exists with almost…

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