I don’t think they classify beef as a or aaa. I’ve seen it classified a through e which is based on maturity. I’ve given you a link below to beef quality classifications.
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.
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.
We have been going to Coles and Woolies and buying fillet steak not the cheap rump or stuff, and legs of lamb for $20 and getting them home cooking them (searing not stewing steaks) (cooking roasts at 180 for at least 2 hours) and they are tough like rubber. We had a bbq with family and spent considerable money for a pre chrissy get together.
Such a rip off and such bad quality. I know most of the stuff sold in supermarkets is mutton not actual lamb. I have heard about market farmers where you can order farm fresh produce online. Has anyone done this if so what are the good places/companies and how much does it cost? I am assuming its more.
Thanks merry Christmas everyone!
Wow one person actually gave me some half decent info. Nobody gave me a website except her and even if i wanted to buy from there I am not in that area. BTW First guy its not a forum for you to be telling me I overcook food. Its the butchers fault for selling shite food. At astronomical prices.
I buy the organic beef & lamb from Woolworth’s & sometimes I order free range lamb online from farmer dave http://www.farmerdavedirect.com/ His lamb is beautiful, I usually get a leg of lamb & butterfly it so it is flat, marinade it in olive oil, garlic, sea salt & rosemary overnight & cook it on a hot bbq.
I really recommend buying organic & free range meat, the taste & quality is far superior & if better for the environment & your body.
I would also suggest you slow cook your beef & lamb, I have never had a roast go rubbery. Seal them first in a hot pan & place in an oven at 250c then turn down to 150c after 20 minutes. for about a 3kg roast you would slow cook for 2.5-3 hours (I recommend using a meat thermometer to test when its cooked.
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Maybe a few of you have some suggestions because i always come home from the store with the same things. I’m not too picky, as long as the dish has a good amount of meat in it. And i don’t mind cooking meals that are worth the quality. Any suggestions?
Here are some things I have cooked in the last couple weeks
maybe it will give you an idea.
grilled pork chops, grilled zucchini with onions,
minute steaks, egg plant au gratin
baked orange roughy, fried potatoes, aspargus
homemade chicken pot pie
mexican layer dip (its a meal)
This is so good, I use broccoli instead of mixed vege.
CHICKEN POT PIE
1 can veg-all mixed vegetables
1 can cream of potato soup
1 can cream chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1 or 2 large chicken breast cut into chunks
salt and pepper to taste
2 9-inch deep dish unbaked pie crust
Saute chicken in 2 tablespoons olive oil for about 3 minute until light brown, add chicken to the first 4 ingredients.
Mix together and pour into pie crust. Put top crust on pie, cut 4 slits in the crust. Brush with beaten egg wash.
Bake on a cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 45 minutes
Have already tried House of prime rib and Broadway Prime.
Beef its whats for dinner!!!
Thanks for the advise.
Sundance Steak House in Palo Alto. It’s on El Camino, across the street from Stanford University.
We are planning an awards banquet and went out for price quotes for the catering. One client proposed serving Baron of Beef instead of Prime Rib to save money. I’m not sure that I have ever had this cut, but they told us it compares to Prime Rib. Does anyone have any experience with this cut versus Prime Rib? Would it be a mistake to "downgrade" to baron of beef to save money?
BARON OF BEEF: A descriptive name of bone-in beef round items from IMPS/NAMP 160 to 166B that are generally of large size and used for roasting. Also referred to as Steamship Round.
“PRIME” RIB: Generic description that refers to a bone-in or boneless beef rib roast. As a generic description, it does not refer to the quality grade of the roast.
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I bought some steaks from Cosco the other day and put them in my refrigerator right when I got home. I now realize that I may not have time to cook them tonight or tomorrow night.
My question is, after 3 days of them being refrigerated, is it safe and will the meat still end up with good quality if I now put them in the freezer?
If your steaks are still wrapped up like when you got them they are fine. Keep them in their original packaging & rerape them again with freezer bags or ziplock bags. Beef has a longer life than other meats like chicken, pork & fish. Beef will become much more tender as it ages. Your nose will tell you if they are bad, not how it looks. The pailer the corlor the more tender it will be. I know this is not we are taught but the redder the meat the tougher it is. It has to be aged. Freeze them but when you thaw it use it right away…..
I need a starting point for a recipe that I can cook at home, but ideally is mall food-court quality at worst or restaurant quality at best. I would try a Cajun recipe first and a Tex Mex recipe, as well. How long does a New York steak bake in an oven at 350 degrees? My problem is that I want to flour-coat the meat. I am looking for any good solutions.
Fajita meat is not flour coated. It’s going in a flour tortilla already.
1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Dash hot sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds meat (boneless, skinless chicken breast, skirt steak or peeled and deveined shrimp)
1 medium onion, halved and sliced lengthwise
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1 lime, juiced, for topping
Sour cream, for topping
Salsa, for topping
Guacamole, for topping
Cheddar cheese, shredded, for topping
In a heavy duty resealable plastic bag, combine 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce, salt, pepper and your choice of meat. Seal and toss the bag around to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator. *Cook’s Note: 15 minutes for shrimp, 20 minutes for chicken and 1 hour for skirt steak.
Preheat your cast iron servers in a preheated 400 degree F oven for at least 20 minutes, to get a good sizzle when you plate the fajitas.
Heat the outside grill or a large indoor grill pan to medium-high heat. Remove the meat from the marinade and place it on the hot grill, discard the marinade. Cook chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side, skirt steak about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare and about 2 minutes for shrimp. Slice the chicken and steak into strips if you are using.
In a large skillet heat up the remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and fry the onions and bell peppers until crisp-tender with some salt and pepper.
Wrap the tortillas in foil and warm them in the oven with the servers for 15 minutes.
When you are ready to serve, remove the cast iron servers from the oven and quickly arrange the meat and peppers and onions on it. It will immediately start to sizzle from their fat and moisture. Serve sizzling immediately with the warm tortillas and other accompaniments.
Smoking animal food is a fine art that many have lost or never even known it today’s society. This is the process of cooking meat, fish, turkey, chicken or any other wild game by a smoking method. Unlike grilling, broiling or baking, the temperature used in smoking meats is much lower and becomes blended with the wood that is used to smoke the food. In turn, this type of cooking does take a bit longer than other ways of cooking, yet the taste is so enjoyable, that often it is worth the extra effort. When a person chooses to build a smoker for their home and personal use, they usually have an idea of what they want by looking at other smokers available on the market as well. Then, putting their handiwork to the test, they often create smokers that are hard to beat, even among the manufactured types.
Ways To Build A Smoker For Personal Use
There are many reasons why one would desire to build a smoker for their own personal use. First, if one is handy or enjoys building things as well as loves animal foods, then this is the perfect match. A man or woman who has developed skills in carpentry will find that to build a smoker is an easier task than they may think. Using scraps that one may have around the home is an ideal way to begin the process. Secondly, a person will often save a great deal of money building their own smoker as opposed to buying a pre-manufactured brand. Often, these brands cost $150 to $200 and can be even more expensive, depending on the size and quality of the smoker. Most people can build their own for far less than they would find in a store, especially when using parts that they already have available.
Building a smoker can be done using scrap metal that one has laying around the shed or barn just gathering dust. Even aluminum garbage can make a wonderful smoker with the right preparations. Attaching the scrap metal in a rectangular shape with an enclosed section is the first step, then adding the type of power one wants to use, whether electric or propane. Adding the wood to the bottom of the smoker is essential, as the flavors of the meats depend on the wood. No matter what size, shape or style one would like, building a smoker can be a wonderful project to undertake…with a tasty treat at the end!