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Source Taste of the West Show

The Source Taste of the West Show is a food and drink and hospitality show taking place at Westpoint in Exeter this week! 

Combining hospitality, catering and the finest food and drink, the show is set to be a hit with many local producers in the area.  

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Food Trends for 2019

A new year means a distinct set of trends are set to come our way in the food industry in 2019. 

From flavours and cuisines rising in popularity to diet trends and packaging changes, here’s our guide to the things you’re sure to see in 2019. 

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Tips for Getting a Job in 2019

Finding a job can be difficult, but there’s a way to give yourself the best chance. With it being the start of a new year, use this time to completely overhaul your job searching techniques, and follow our tips to get your ideal job in 2019. 

Compile a Portfolio 

If you’re not showcasing your work, how do you expect any potential employers to be wowed by what you can do? Whether its awards, recipes featured in the press, or any articles you’ve featured in for your work, put these together in one place and show your full potential to employers. 

You never know what could come out of creating a portfolio; they might be blown away by something they see or enlist you to create a new menu for their restaurant once they see your creativity and skill.  
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Surviving Christmas in the Hospitality Industry

Although it’s not ideal for anyone to be spending the holidays away from their family and working, there are some perks to working in the hospitality industry that can make spending Christmas in the kitchen more bearable. 

With the right attitude and preparation, working on Christmas day and during the festive season can actually be enjoyable and beneficial for some. 
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A Christmas Day Checklist for your Restaurant

As anybody who works in hospitality or catering will know, Christmas day is one of, if not, the busiest and most stressful days of the year.

You don’t want to be the one responsible for anything going wrong on Christmas day, so it’s crucial to ensure all of your team members are prepped and ready for when the guests arrive.

Every member of your team can help in their own way to ensure that Christmas day runs smoothly. There are some key components that every section of your restaurant can complete to help tide service over at an acceptable and commendable pace.
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Shortcuts every chef should know

When time seems to be against you during service, there are a few things every chef should know to save time and make the cooking process easier without compromising safety or food quality.

Here are a few of our favourites…
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Tips to improve your efficiency in the kitchen

All chefs will have experienced the feeling of an evening or lunchtime rush where time seems to be against you. It seems like nothing is finished and every task becomes more and more laborious.

Improving your efficiency in the kitchen will not only help you and your skillset, but it will improve the speed of service for your whole team. Here are some of the best ways to work on this.
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3 Tips for Preparing Your Restaurant for Christmas

Many restaurants will have already started preparing for Christmas and if you haven’t already, now is the time to start.

Christmas is a big time for the food industry, and if you get it right, it can be your most profitable time of the year.

We have a few top tips for getting your restaurant ready for the big day.

Cater for Everyone

Christmas is all about everyone coming together, and that means you’re sure to get a few dietary requirements in the mix, whether it’s gluten-free or vegan – you need to cater for them all.
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Tips for Improving your Productivity as a Chef

Increasing your productivity when in the kitchen can produce great results and it is something that we can all improve on. Being a chef, time is of the essence, and there is not a second to waste.

So, if you want to improve your productivity in the kitchen, we have a few tips for you.

Meet the exact standards

This may seem like you’re actually doing the reverse by spending the time to meet all of the exact standards that your workplace sets out.
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The Benefits of Writing a Blog for Your Restaurant

Blogging is a great way to get interesting content onto your website and attract the attention of your audience. Not only will it get people interested in your content, but it will also allow people to learn more about your food and what your restaurant is all about.  

These are just a few advantages of blogging for your restaurant… 

Be Found Online For Your Specialties 

People use Google more and more these days for small daily tasks such as checking restaurant locations, opening times and menus. People will dietary restrictions will often search for things like ‘vegan restaurant in Exeter’ for example. If you have blog posts talking about your specialities, you are more likely to be found on Google by people searching for them. 
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