There are a lot of moving parts to running a restaurant, and one wrong move could mean you crash and burn. But with great restaurant management and proper systems in place, you can keep your kitchen on track for success.
Here are a few ways to keep your restaurant kitchen running smooth and efficient.
1. Train Properly
Map out a detailed training program and use tools that will make things easier for your staff. Properly training your staff on food safety is one key way to keep your restaurant running smoothly.
It is a legal requirement across the USA to have at least one staff member Food Manager trained and on duty at any time in your business. This training gives managers the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to oversee the safe storage, preparation, and service of food in the workplace.
Make sure the rest of your staff is up to date on their Food Handlers training so they know how to safely prepare and serve food.
Often, food safety training takes a trickle-down approach which puts much of the task on busy managers. You can take some of the strain off your managers, giving them more time to focus on other things, by using online training options.
2. Reduce Food Waste
This can be done through proper food labeling and by careful planning. Track your inventory and pay attention to your food costs so you can avoid throwing money away.
3. Keep Schedules and Logs
Plan and document food safety checks such as cooking temperature records, refrigerator and freezer temperature checks, and cleaning and sanitizing schedules. That way, you won’t forget and skip a cleaning, or you could catch the temperature of the refrigerator dropping before it’s too late.
You can download our helpful PDFs, which include temperature logs and cleaning schedules, to keep your kitchen organized and your food safe.
4. Manage Labor Costs
Labor costs can be crippling to the restaurant industry. With the right tools and proper equipment, your labor costs can be reduced and your kitchen even more efficient.