Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your favorite restaurant. What is it about the establishment that makes it your favorite? Great service? Good entertainment? The beer selection? While these things are essential to a great restaurant, most people choose a restaurant because of the food. If you were to have a restaurant with superb service but subpar tasting food, people likely wouldn’t return. To gain repeat customers, restaurants need to have high-quality food. So, how does a restaurant improve food quality?
The most extraordinary menu can fall apart if in the hands of an untrained individual. If your line cooks and chefs are incapable of serving the food as it was intended, they need additional training to bring their skills up to par. However, it doesn’t stop here. Upper management must also train all staff members to ensure that ideal suggestions are made for the right pairings and products. For instance, while some produce can be obtained year-round, it is not at its best quality year-round.
Hearing negative feedback from customers can be difficult. For many, it is an insult to their work and skills. Some restaurants fail to listen to what the customer says and ultimately regret ignoring the feedback when sales drop off. Restaurants cannot afford to ignore customer feedback if they want to see improvement
Examine each component of your meal prep routine and determine if you can make any improvements. For example, is there an improved method for storing vegetables to make them easier to find? How can the staff work more efficiently in chopping the produce? Look for improvements in every step of your routine.
It can be tempting to purchase off-brand or knock-off items but don’t do it in your professional kitchen. The quality of your ingredients is the basis for the quality of your dishes. Low-grade meat tastes like low-grade meat, no matter how skilled your chefs might be. Pay for high-quality ingredients so your staff has something good to work with.
While frozen foods might be easier to store, fresh ingredients make a real difference. Eating a burger that has never been frozen tastes far better than one that has spent weeks in the freezer. Purchase fresh foods to ensure that the best products are being offered to your customers.
Getting the food from the kitchen to the table promptly is essential. Unfortunately, rushed food is often littered with mistakes. While working quickly is a good idea, do not rush the process. Take the time needed to cook the items properly. Provide patrons with the meal that they ordered at its best!
Restaurant improvements are always possible, and Avery Restaurant Consulting is always willing to help! Contact us today to get started!