Effective kitchen managers exhibit the following:
- Kitchen managers need to be spending the majority of the time in the kitchen. Your people need you! You’ll be easily accessible to staff and be able to quickly oversee and review what goes on in the kitchen.
- Effective time management is a MUST and food needs to get to those tables in a timely manner. There is nothing worse than having to wait an hour for an appetizer.
- Kitchen managers need to be able to multitask. I’m not saying you should be able to juggle basketballs while sautéing onions but you need to be able to manage different stations and workers simultaneously without getting visibly overwhelmed (keep the overwhelmed-ness inside) As you can see, I have a thing for making up words.
- Having communication within the kitchen staff is uber important because what’s the opposite of communication? Disaster. That’s right, I said disaster. Pay no mind to what Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says. They have never run a restaurant.
- Keep the recipe binders current and easy to locate. Some people don’t know off the top of their head how to make salted caramel macaroons, although everyone should.
- Organization is key in effective kitchen managers. I’ve never been one of those people who categorize their clutter as an “organized mess.” A mess is a mess my friend. Keep it clean and tidy.
- Line checks must be performed before every shift, which assure that everything is up to par.
- Lastly, effective kitchen managers teach their staff ways to be more efficient in the kitchen at every opportune moment.
Boom. Now you have all the essentials of an effective kitchen manager. Hopefully this helped you out a bit! Come and see us at One Fat Frog if you find yourself in need of commercial restaurant equipment, or if you just wanna chat. We aren’t picky.
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