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Hey @joel23 - great idea to start the Instagram connection with the crew here. My personal Instagram is: http://instagram.com/cheftalkjim  And the kitchen at the restaurant is: http://instagram.com/firestonekitchen    Thanks for starting this!
Isn't that always the case? A reaction to a negative event rather than being proactive (like what you were doing with ordering the runner rug.) I agree with @chefwriter 110% - a shoe program is essential. Mozo, Shoes for Crews, Skechers, etc all offer a cost-effective (and stylish) line that should be part of EVERYBODY's uniform. Slip-resistant shoes aren't such a new invention that people aren't aware that they exist. If the management doesn't agree, you can certainly...
@tweakz - thank you for your insight. As a retail aspect of our operation, we are making extruded pasta onsite and want to offer a fresh and/or a fresh-to-dry product.   @panini - Thank you! In my research, I am finding a few recurring models. If you unearth anything, please pass along. I appreciate the time!
Really? I'm a little surprised...
In the market for a pasta extruder on the commercial scale. I have done some preliminary market/online research. Any experience you can share? Thanks!
I have found that having younger members for a crew to be empowering. Sure, there can be the adversity/entitlement factor. Once you get past that, energize them! Show them new things! Preach quality, practice quality. Lead by example. They want to learn. When they are bored, that's when bad things happen to good kitchens. Bring in new/unusual products and do a tasting. Go out for a meal with them and really connect to what interests them; speak the common language of food...
We 'stretch' the dough balls.... basically pressing them flat to prepare them for the final shaping. We use a blend of semolina and AP flour that is applied liberally on each piece. We move about 100 pies a day on slow days and upwards of 250 on a solid Friday. This process works well for us. Hope this helps.
Food and Drink addict... I'm shocked! Haha! I like the visual platform... a very engaging way to respond to a poll!
Hi, Dillon. Can't give you much advice on the red seal path as that isn't something I have experienced (being in the US.) What I will tell you is that experience matters! Work, work, work! Pick an establishment that will work you, that handles volume and some scratch cooking and you will be marketable. As you work, keep your eyes open and your focus on everything around you. Watch when inventory is being taken; look at the ordering process; be part of prep; listen to the...
...and I would add... Lead by example. Somebody is always watching. The one time you toss a half onion in the trash because you don't want to put it away properly, somebody will see that as a sign to waste produce. Don't step over trash; pick up that little scrap of paper, that lone leaf of lettuce. Let them see you taste and correct and correct. Share! Teach! Be enthusiastic... it's contagious. Work harder and smarter than everybody else. Praise in public. Scold in...
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