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A Career in Restaurant Management

SO YOU WANT A CAREER AS A RESTAURANT MANAGER?

Even if you’re currently a restaurant’s resident dishwasher, it is still very possible for you to climb the ladder to the very top with hard work, persistence and the right set of skills. A lot of restaurant operators seek people who already have ample experience in nearly all restaurant duties, so if you’ve been rotating on different tasks for the past months or years, you already have one foot in the door.

However, given the present times, most owners are eyeing potential candidates who have formal qualifications to fill supervisory and managerial roles in the company. While experience also carries a lot of weight, job opportunities are likely to be more open and better if you have an associate or bachelor’s degree to your name, particularly those that have something to do with restaurant and institutional food service management.

Understanding Your Work Conditions

A restaurant manager’s daily life is often very hectic and subject to high levels of pressure. Thus, a considerable amount of resilience, stamina and physical, mental and emotional endurance is required of you. Since evenings and weekends are the most busy times for restaurants, you should be prepared to work during late nights and weekends. It is not uncommon for restaurant managers to work for around 50 to 60 hours per week, and you will most likely be the first to arrive and the last to leave everyday.

A restaurant manager’s work hours and job nature are also highly intermittent, as you might have to fill in for an absent employee, no matter what his job designation is, at the last minute. Hence, it is very important that you know all the restaurant’s operations inside out and from top to bottom, as being a restaurant manager does not just mean sitting behind a nice desk and making chitchat with customers. There will be times that you will have to perform all sorts of “dirty work”.

The pressures of making sure everything is in order almost always happen simultaneously with a number of other responsibilities. Whenever there are problems, it will be your duty as restaurant manager to seek a solution with the least possible disruptions to other operations, particularly in the serving of customers. This can be further aggravated by uncooperative and stubborn staff, as well as irate clients. You have to have a lot of patience for this job if you want to pull through sanely and in one piece.

Duties of a Restaurant Manager

A restaurant manager’s daily duties are not to be underestimated. Apart from the usual tasks of selecting what to place on the menu and determining each of their prices, ensuring quality service and proper food preparation and the efficient utilization of supplies, taking responsibility for the rising number of human resource and administrative tasks are also part of the job description.

Typically, the management team is composed of a general manager, one or two assistant managers (depending on the size of the place) and one executive chef, who takes charged of all kitchen operations. Often, in the case of small restaurants, the manager and the executive chef is just one person. In the case of major fast food chains, there are a number of assistant managers to supervise the different shifts.

All of the members of the managerial team should expect to be working from the moment the restaurant opens until it closes at all days of operation. Because a manager is responsible for all, he does not have the liberty to just skip work because he doesn’t feel like going. Restaurant management, though accompanied by considerable perks, is a full service job that requires full time commitment.

Managing the Menu and Supplies

It is a restaurant manager’s job to determine menu items. This is often doen with the help of the executive chef and will be decided on based on the past popularity of certain meals and the likely number of customers who will patronize it. Sometimes, a new dish is introduced in order to accommodate and avoid the wastage of unserved food. How the menu is arranged also depends on what raw ingredients are in season or simply for the sake of variety and novelty.

Managers also review each dish to find out how much it costs to prepare them, taking into consideration certain overhead expenses, to know what price best represents its value. Items on the meu should also be done ahead of time so managers can estimate what supplies are needed and when these should be bought and delivered. Upon delivery, it is the manager’s duty to check the content and evaluate their quality, particularly the meats, fruits, vegetables, fish, baked items and poultry.

Grocery items are not the only supplies that should be monitored. Tableware, linens, cooking supplies, furniture and cleaning materials should also be checked regularly. Waste disposal and pest control should be addressed, as well.

Hiring the Right People

How smoothly a restaurant runs depends a lot on the people who work there. That’s why it is important that managers hire the right people for the job. It is the manager’s responsibility to explain the company’s rules and regulations to all staff members and to provide the training necessary. Employee work schedules are also under his jurisdiction.

Because restaurants at peak hours are considered one of the most stressful working environments in the business world, managers should be able to exercise maximum grace under pressure and handle problems with the least disturbance.

Administrative Duties

While majority of administrative functions are handled by the bookkeeper, managers should also know how there are run, particularly for smaller restaurants where he might have to do the job himself. Issue like work hours and staff wages, tax and licensing paperwork, payroll, supply and equipment purchases and other disbursements fall under this category. Given a highly technological business environment today, managers will also need to learn how to operate computerized point of sale systems to increase productivity and efficiency. POS systems can help minimize the workload by automatically talling sales, supplies and ranking which dishes on the menu are the most popular among clients.

Training to be a Restaurant Manager

Given the multitude of responsibilities managers face each day, it is important that he is well equipped to handle the job. Colleges and universities offer two to four-year programs on restaurant related subjects like food technology, nutrition, food planning and preparation, accounting, even restaurant and hotel management itself.

The demands of the times today do not only call for a vast experience on the business, but also the adequate formal and technical know-how in order to grow safely with the changes and industry advances.

To further bolster you chances of becoming a restaurant manager, you might want to acquire a certification as a Foodservice Management Professional from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. This can be obtained after you’ve successfully completed a series of food service management related courses, passed a written test, and met certain minimum requirements pertaining to performance and experience.

Josh Stone
http://www.articlesbase.com/careers-articles/a-career-in-restaurant-management-55247.html

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Posted by mark - August 16, 2017 at 10:19 am

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demo cooking show webisode 01

Welcome to demo, my cooking show. In this episode, I’ll be making;

Parpadelle Pasta in a Mascarpone Rosemary Cream Sauce with Cornish Game Hen meat, Yellow Squash and Zucchini

Hope you enjoy it!

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Posted by mark - August 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm

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Best way to do a steak on the BBQ?

I am a ummmmmmmmmm bad cook (to put it mildly! LOL). Just bought a BBQ and going to get a good steak tonight. Cant do a quality cut (working class so no prime rib lol) So any suggestions regarding cut of steak,cooking times,spicing, and maybe a lite marinade (Dont like a strong on as it takes away the flavour of the meat so teriaki is out). Like my steak medium rare.
Yes I will put up the 10 points!
Thanks in advance!

Ok KING of the Barbies Here From Australia. Put the spices/ even little garlic crushed / maybe a little soy sause as it helps with the browning.and leave the steak at room temp for at least 30 to 40 mins ( hope it a little warm there) Then get ya Barbie up hot just before it starts to smoke.. Wack some olive oil on the steak and get that mother on the barbie. and only turn it three time. It medium only after a 4 to 5 mins
( takes practice). Then let it sit for a min after cooking so ya don’t lose the juices… On ya MATE!!

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Steak- What do you Recommend And Why?

Can anyone explain to me the quality, taste, cost etc. of different types of steak? I don’t really know anything about meat quality, but I want to get the highest quality steak (for a reasonable price) for my dad’s birthday. I’m looking at Omaha Steaks and I just realized I have no idea what to look for! What would you recommend and why? Also, what would be the most impressive?

My dad loves to cook and barbecue, but he’s cheap so I’m ordering him expensive marinated meat– so no restaurant recommendations please! 🙂

I want to know about:

1) Filet Mignon
2) Prime Rib
3) Sirloin
4) T-bone
5) Strip Steak
6) Rib-eye

If he likes his steaks well-done, you may want to stick with the Rib-eye; it has a higher fat content therefore will retain more moisture and flavor. If he is eating his steak at a medium or more rare doneness then I would recommend the Filet Mignon or Porterhouse (most expensive, readily available cuts). I personally think Porterhouse has more flavor and a good combination of meat with the bone-in and you get a piece of Filet Mignon on one side of the bone and a Strip Steak on the other side of the bone ( I save the super tender Filet side to eat last). So obviously, a more economical but still yummy steak is a Strip Steak. Rib-eye, T-bone and Sirloin are OK and just a note on Prime Rib; cooking time would be a good bit longer (larger cut of meat) and is generally served with a very pink center (rare to med rare) if that is a concern for his meat-eating preferences

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Posted by mark - June 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

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Where can I find a prime rib restaurant in Manhattan, especially in mid – Manhattan area?

I am looking for a restaurant that does prime rib, ie one of the best cuts of beef slow cooked in prime rib style.

Thanks.

I love prime rib and make a point to eating at steak houses often.

In my opinion, the best prime rib in NYC can be found at Ben Benson. (It’s not just the steak that’s good there btw, everything is excellent). It’s located on 52nd st b/w 6th & 7th.

Smith & Wollensky on 49th & 3rd also serves up a wonderful prime rib.

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Posted by mark - June 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

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How to bake pork chops?

Take a good quality pork chop
I asked in another question what a good pork chop recipe was and this one sounded delicious….

ritz crackers crushed add a little garlic powder, season salt, pepper …dip your chops in beaten eggs..than roll in the ritz cracker mix..put in baking dish with melted butter or marg. and bake at 350 for 45 mins uncovered!! These are to die for..So moist and juicy and the cracker mix is incredible….Serve with potatoe of your choice

My question is, do I just put enough butter to cover the bottom!?
And how big should the chops be?
And should they have a bone!?

Bone in is very tender*

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Posted by mark - June 3, 2017 at 10:34 am

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Where can I find a corned beef roast (not brisket)?

At the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin Ohio – at the VIP pavillion on Saturday they prepare roast corned beef which is similar to prime rib. I’d like to do one for Thanksgiving instead of turkey.

one of us is confused ,corned beef is a cured brisket.and I cant think of a way that you could cook it and make it come out like prime rib.
Ive been cooking both corned beef brisket and brisket for years ,so im pretty sure I know what I’m talking about.
depending on the store you buy your meat at.you will usually find the briskets and the corned beef together.
At my super market the have what is called a whole brisket.It is fat on one end and gets smaller at the other,the small flat end is what is popularly used to cure into corned beef,sometimes you can find the other end cured also.
anyway the large end is usually roasted as is or barbecued.
I roast a whole brisket at times with really good results,Its tender and juicy.
of course there is always the possibility that it is a specialty cut of meat that someone corned (cured) but it wouldn’t look anything like a prime rib, its flesh would be pink like ham.
So maybe you could call whoever did the dinner and ask.
wish I could be of more help.
peace ><>

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Posted by mark - May 31, 2017 at 5:19 am

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what beef roast is the most tender without paying for prime rib or fillet mignon?

i did a boneless rib roast and it came out tough..

Please see this article for the best ways to tenderize a tough roast. This is geared towards novice cooks and people who have to buy meat on a budget. Additionally, the quality of meat has gone down:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2030720/how_to_rescue_a_tough_roast_beef.html?cat=22

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Posted by mark - May 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm

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Omaha Beef Prime Dancers

May 17th, 2008

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Posted by mark - May 22, 2017 at 4:53 pm

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Why did my chicken come out rubbery?

My first time making baked chicken…. I seasoned it, put 4 legs in a Pyrex pan thing and cooked them for 1 hour at 390 degrees…. 30 mins on each side… they are tough and rubbery….. not easily falling off the bone like normal… what did i do wrong? Could it be the meat quality?

slow and low is the key. Season them, put them on a baking sheet, or a pyrex pan, whichever, but add a little water in the bottom. this will keep them moist while cooking. Bake them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, and check them. If you have a probe thermometer, check the temperature, it should be at 160 degrees when you take them out. There is no need to turn them, they will cook evenly enough. Once you take them out, let them sit a minute or two, then serve! They should turn out alot better. Don’t ever cook chicken at 390, that is way too high and it cooks the chicken too fast, drying the meat out. And keeping it in for an hour definitely took all the moisture out, no wonder it turned out rubbery! I hope this helps, and I hope your chicken turns out delicious!

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Posted by mark - May 18, 2017 at 1:47 pm

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