17 episodes

Information, Trends & Inspiration for restaurant, cafe & foodservice operators - helping to create a strong, dynamic industry in a fast-changing world

Hospo Reset with Ken Burgin Ken Burgin

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Information, Trends & Inspiration for restaurant, cafe & foodservice operators - helping to create a strong, dynamic industry in a fast-changing world

    Building Teamwork in Restaurants and Cafes

    Building Teamwork in Restaurants and Cafes

    Wherever there are people working together, there will be team dynamics and the need for negotiation and sharing tasks and responsibilities. A good leader guides this process to get the best from their people - and chef Glenn Flood has many years of experience making this work.



    It was great to talk with him about Building Teamwork in Restaurants and Cafes - in the kitchen ad front of house, and relations between the two sections.



    In the podcast, we discussed:


    What are the elements of good teamwork?
    Back of House vs Front of House - new and better ways to communicate.
    Glenn's background and how he moved into the business development side of hospitality.
    The role of the Head Chef and Manager has broadened and changed, and now less authoritarian - what's their role in modern teamwork?
    How do they fit this into already busy schedules, and what can they delegate?
    Challenges for young leaders in developing a team - beyond 'being buddies'.
    Challenges for including overseas workers - the backbone of our industry. What is it about teamwork that's a cultural issue that might be challenging for non-Australians?
    Communication channels and styles to promote teamwork - what works well and what do you suggest?



    You'll find the Show Notes and links for today's episode on the HospoReset.com website. Don't forget to subscribe to the weekly Hospo Reset newsletter, and connect with Ken Burgin on Linkedin and on Twitter.

    • 41 min
    Innovation & Leadership in Hospitality Management

    Innovation & Leadership in Hospitality Management

    Michael Tinsager has a unique position in hospitality - as an industry adviser and podcaster with the Hospitality Mavericks Podcast, he has access to the experience and wisdom of hundreds of great operators and experts. He is based in the UK and keeps a close eye on the industry there, in Europe, North America and worldwide.



    Ken Burgin interviewed Michael to find out what he's learned during the pandemic about Innovation & Leadership in Hospitality Management. We discussed 'new best practice' with purchasing, cost control, financial reporting and control systems, particularly with the increasing maturity of data analytics. We also discussed changes in managing people - recruitment, retention, mental health, skill development, culture and productivity.



    Moving to the customer side of business, we looked at recent changes in the customer experience and service, and how businesses are meeting and matching new expectations. This then led to marketing, customer communication, loyalty and social media. It was a very stimulating conversation! You can download Michael's recent presentation on What Great Hospitality Leaders Know & Do.

    You'll find the Show Notes and links for today's episode on the HospoReset.com website. Don't forget to subscribe to the weekly Hospo Reset newsletter, and connect with Ken Burgin on Linkedin and on Twitter.

    • 46 min
    8 Ways to Reduce Waste & Inefficiency in Restaurants & Foodservice

    8 Ways to Reduce Waste & Inefficiency in Restaurants & Foodservice

    In this podcast, Ken Burgin looks at Toyota’s classification of 8 different types of waste, and how we can use this in hospitality to cut costs, increase efficiency and improve the bottom line.



    Toyota built its world-class success by watching and controlling every step of the manufacturing process, especially waste. It’s very useful to apply the discipline of manufacturing to hospitality – we produce things too! This classification of 8 Types of Waste is based on the work of a Japanese engineer Taiichi Ohno, published as Toyota Production System: Beyond Large Scale Production. It is still so relevant today.



    You can also read a summary of the podcast here Using Toyota’s 8 Waste Control Methods in Your Restaurant or Cafe. The types of waste identified are:


    Transportation Waste
    Inventory Waste
    Motion Waist
    Excessive Wait Times
    Overproduction
    Overprocessing
    Defects
    Wasted Talent and Creativity



    You'll find the Show Notes and links for today's episode on the HospoReset.com website. Don't forget to subscribe to the weekly Hospo Reset newsletter, and connect with Ken Burgin on Linkedin and on Twitter.

    • 20 min
    Smarter Marketing for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Celebrations.

    Smarter Marketing for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Celebrations.

    In this podcast, Ken Burgin talks with Mark Khoder from YourSocialChef. He develops and manages social media and marketing campaigns for a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and food brands. As you will hear in the discussion, his focus is on getting the best return on investment, helping your brand and income grow.



    There's no shortage of social media options, and it's easy to be excited by the latest 'shiny object' - the result is often chaos, and disappointing results. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Google, TikTok or YouTube - where should you invest your time and money? Mark Khoder brings order to the process with his OKR framework - Objectives, and Key Results, and in this interview we apply it to Mother's Day and Father's Day. These are often 'easy wins' for a bookings and sales, but how can we leverage more from their popularity, and apply it to celebrations throughout the year?



    Topics they discussed:


    Talk us through a better thinking process so we get the most from our promotional dollar.
    Strategy - how and why should we use these popular events beyond a one-day mega sale? Valentines Day also comes to mind.
    How should we organise our promotion - based on what data and research?
    Mother's Day - how else can we develop this, given that it's usually a full house anyway?
    Father's Day - often neglected, how can we ramp it up? How should we think of it differently to Mothers Day?
    How to build up followers, fans and customer lists on Instagram and Facebook
    TikTok & Snapchat - your thoughts re these events?
    What about email and SMS - still relevant? How should we use them in conjunction with social media?

    You'll find the Show Notes and links for today's episode on the HospoReset.com website. Don't forget to subscribe to the weekly Hospo Reset newsletter, and connect with Ken Burgin on Linkedin and on Twitter.

    • 48 min
    Teaching Chefs About Kitchen Management and Menu Design

    Teaching Chefs About Kitchen Management and Menu Design

    We expect a lot from chefs - not only to manage production and service, but keep to a budget, manage a team of people and be aware of safety issues, changing food trends, menu design & engineering, plus social media and a bit of marketing. It's a big ask, especially when they may not have had training beyond hands-on experience with another chef.



    In this podcast, Ken Burgin talks with Liz Perkins, a chef, former hospitality business owner, and trainer with The Hospitality Company, where she teaches chefs all about leadership and team management, food costing, menu engineering and stock control. Details of her excellent course are outlined here.



    Topics they discussed:


    Building teamwork and managing discipline issues on a daily basis
    Giving feedback – understanding the 4 leadership hats
    Understanding and using personality styles
    Are there different issues for women and men, locals and people from overseas?
    Chef issues vs Front of House – how are the challenges different?
    Managing Covid issues and Vaccination leadership
    Handling delegation when you’re young and new – how to get better doing this
    Being more productive and showing others how to be more productive
    Understanding and improving time management
    Giving feedback to the boss or the owner, and ‘managing upwards’
    Building on the technical ability of Gen Z and Gen Y
    What’s in your recommended tech toolbox to help young leaders do a better job?
    How can your programs and products support business owners and managers.

    You'll find the Show Notes and links for today's episode on the HospoReset.com website. Don't forget to subscribe to the weekly Hospo Reset newsletter, and connect with Ken Burgin on Linkedin and on Twitter.

    • 59 min
    Buying and Selling Cafes and Restaurants

    Buying and Selling Cafes and Restaurants

    In this podcast, Ken Burgin talks with Paul Leach from GSE Business Consultants about Buying and Selling Cafes and Restaurants. Paul is an experienced business consultant and broker: he originally trained as a chef and has many years of experience as a cafe and bakery owner.



    There are some great hospitality businesses for sale, and many that will be disappointing - it's essential to understand the factors that make the difference between a good purchase and a bad one. Proper due diligence plus a good broker, lawyer and accountant can make all the difference. Paul also assists business owners to prepare their business for sale through an orderly exit strategy, and is the founder of Australia's best Facebook Group for hospitality operators Growth, Strategy and Exit Planning For Cafe Owners.



    Topics Discussed...




    State of the cafe and restaurant market - what type of businesses do people want to buy after two years of Covid?
    City or country businesses - how does the market differ?
    With the buying and selling process, what parts do people find most challenging? 
    Legal issues - leases, contracts, licenses and other obligations. 
    Landlords and occupation costs - there has been more scrutiny on how landlords behaved during Covid lockdowns
    Understanding the figures - due diligence for buyers, and preparing a case for sellers. Are better figures now available with decent bookkeeping becoming the norm?
    Financial benchmarks - what makes a business an attractive purchase?
    How to make your business more 'saleable' beyond good profit figures?
    How to value your business and justify the price. Any value in 'potential'?
    Why use a broker to sell vs. doing it yourself? 



    You'll find the Show Notes and links for today's episode on the HospoReset.com website. Don't forget to subscribe to the weekly Hospo Reset newsletter, and connect with Ken Burgin on Linkedin and on Twitter.

    • 50 min

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Tim Noye ,

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I listen frequently and thank you for your ongoing passion, input and expertise. Thanks Ken.
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