A podcasting hiatus

When I began these podcasts over two years ago, I was interested in the medium as a way of expressing ideas and views on the world of hospitality. 

While I enjoyed recording each episode, it didn't occur to me how much time they would take up on a weekly basis if I was to do it as a side project. Naturally, other things in life take precedence and podcasts as a priority sadly suffered as a result. 

In the meantime, thank you for your support and feedback - it is very much appreciated!

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Celebrity Chefs like Anton Mosimann DID attract me into cooking, but do young people need more convincing?

This week, Kitchen Sync explores what effect the 'celebrity chef' culture has had on our industry:

The unintended irony of six men on stage asking how we can attract more women into the kitchen...

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 Five Guys is fun for sharing... but is the BHA right in calling for 'sharing economy' disruptors like Uber and AirBnB to be penalised in the name of healthier competition?

Five Guys is fun for sharing... but is the BHA right in calling for 'sharing economy' disruptors like Uber and AirBnB to be penalised in the name of healthier competition?

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Management Tip: Boost your morning productivity

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 Men are more likely to use emojis to flirt than women. Would you agree?

Men are more likely to use emojis to flirt than women. Would you agree?

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Competitions worth entering

Get your younger members of the service team to enter the Gold Service Scholarship. This really is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best in the industry. 

If you are a more seasoned operator, then why not consider entering the National Restaurant Manager of the Year competition open to anyone across the entire industry. And before you count yourself out, the last two winners have included someone from Contract Catering at BaxterStorey not to mention the high street chain Cafe Rouge.


Resources to help you avoid wasting stuff:


Management Tip - Developing Employees

This is a great article featured in Forbes - go with me here! - with eight ways to develop employees, keep them engaged, and increase the probability they will remain with the organization: 8 Key Tactics For Developing Employees. Some great pointers worth taking back to the office.


Campaign: Please Sign - and share - this Food Tech A-level Petition.

Food Teachers are campaigning to save the Food Technology A-Level.

Please read this very compelling Open Letter to the DfE by Food Tech teacher Rachel Richards and support their campaign on Twitter @FoodTCentre and use the hashtag #savefoodtechAlevel.

Here you'll find the consultation paper (Food tech on page 17)  - respond before 24 September 2015.


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Future-gazing in three stories:

  1. Hospitalityandcateringnews,com runs with the latest trend report from J. Walter Thompson entitled 'The Future of Food and Drink'. Don't believe the hype, I say.
  2. The NRA (National Restaurant Association, that is) surveyed members of the American Culinary Federation on which culinary themes will be hot trends on restaurant menus in 2015. They may as well have asked the real NRA.
  3. The New York Times asks if this is The Restaurant of the Future? It could be if they ditch the qinao.

Campaign: Please Sign - and share - this Food Tech A-level Petition.

Food Teachers are campaigning to save the Food Technology A-Level.

Please read this very compelling Open Letter to the DfE by Food Tech teacher Rachel Richards and support their campaign on Twitter @FoodTCentre and use the hashtag #savefoodtechAlevel.

Here you'll find the consultation paper (Food tech on page 17)  - respond before 24 September 2015.


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  16-yr-old Flynn McGarry 'offends' chefs by err... cooking. (© Peden & Munk for The New York Times)

16-yr-old Flynn McGarry 'offends' chefs by err... cooking. (© Peden & Munk for The New York Times)

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Campaign: Please Sign - and share - this Food Tech A-level Petition.

Food Teachers are campaigning to save the Food Technology A-Level.

Please read this very compelling Open Letter to the DfE by Food Tech teacher Rachel Richards and support their campaign on Twitter @FoodTCentre and use the hashtag #savefoodtechAlevel.

Here you'll find the consultation paper (Food tech on page 17)  - respond before 24 September 2015.

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 Help overturn the 'nuts decision' to abolish the Food Tech A-level.

Help overturn the 'nuts decision' to abolish the Food Tech A-level.


Campaign: Save the Food Tech A-level

Food Teachers are campaigning to save the Food Technology A-Level.

Please read this very compelling Open Letter to the DfE by Food Tech teacher Rachel Richards and support their campaign on Twitter @FoodTCentre and use the hashtag #savefoodtechAlevel.

Here you'll find the consultation paper (Food tech on page 17)  - respond before 24 September 2015.


Management Tip

  • As senior vice president of Apple's retail arm Angela Ahrendts is under a lot of pressure to hire for mission-critical roles in her team. In this LinkedIn article, she shares her approach to a typical job interview, in which she tries to judge the candidate’s personality in four key areas.

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 Is FutureChef the future proofing we need for our chef shortage?

Is FutureChef the future proofing we need for our chef shortage?

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Management Tip

(ANOTHER great reason why I subscribe to The Caterer magazine every week. Don't you?)


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 Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House laments the shortage of chefs.

Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House laments the shortage of chefs.


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 Notting Gill Chippy pops up at Kensington Place - only for August!

Notting Gill Chippy pops up at Kensington Place - only for August!

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Campaign: Save the Food Tech A-level

Food Teachers are campaigning to save the Food Technology A-Level. This looks like another half-cocked decision that should be reconsidered. You can support their campaign on Twitter @FoodTCentre and use the hashtag #savefoodtechAlevel.

You can read the consultation paper here (Food tech on page 17) & respond before 24 September 2015.


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 Chef Daniel Doherty set for OnBlackheath (©DavidCotsworth)

Chef Daniel Doherty set for OnBlackheath (©DavidCotsworth)


Campaign: Save the Food Tech A-level

Food Teachers are campaigning to save the Food Technology A-Level. Another half-cocked decision that should be re-considered. You can support their campaign on Twitter @FoodTCentre and use the hashtag #savefoodtechAlevel.

You can read the consultation paper here (Food tech on page 17) & respond before 24 September 2015.

Oh, and this is the consequence when a generation of schoolchildren are starved of any cooking skills in class (pun intended):

If you're not familiar with The Waterside Inn, just check out this video of a dish being dressed on at the pass. There's more of a rounded profile of this seminal restaurant on YouTube here.


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 Breaking Bad inspires new pop up.

Breaking Bad inspires new pop up.

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