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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The BBC Good Food Show Winter 2018

The Winter Good Food Show is returning to Birmingham this year and is one thing sure to get you into the festive spirit! 

The show is in the NEC Arena from Thursday 29th November to Sunday 2nd December 2018 .  

Festive food delights and perfectly paired beverages are on the cards for this event and what better way to get inspiration then to eat it? 
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Have You Included Comfort Food on Your Menu?

We think it’s fair to say that the UK’s heatwave is well and truly over which may be a good or bad thing depending on your preference. However, it does mean one thing for sure and that’s comfort food.

In the colder months the popularity of ‘comfort food’ skyrockets with restaurants and pubs adding comfort dishes to their menus.

Everyone has their favourite comfort food, but there are definitely a few dishes which are particularly popular throughout the UK and a great place to start. You could even try adding a twist or something a little different to one of these.
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The Great British Bake-Off is Back!

The much-loved baking series is back to capture the hearts of the nation once again. After the controversial move to channel four last year, the country seems to be at one with the show’s switch up as the excitement is brewing for the return.

From August 28th we will all go back to losing our Tuesday evening to the delights and disasters this year’s bakers create in the kitchen.
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The Devon Cuisine that You Need to Try

Devon is not only the home to Personnel Solutions but is also the home to so many amazing dishes and traditional cuisine that we think everyone needs to try. If you’re looking to work as a chef in Devon, you may want to brush up on these dishes or flavours and look to work them into your cooking. A modern twist of some of these classics could go down really well.


Devon is home to some of the best cider in the UK. The whole process takes place right within our county, from growing the perfect apples to the precise brewing system.

Some of the UK’s best brewerys are located right here in Devon, and we would recommend a visit to one of these if you are in the local area.
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Food Festivals in Devon This Summer

Summer is the prime time for food festivals to take place and Devon is no exception to this. Food festivals can be a great place to get inspiration directly from other chefs and businesses as well as networking with other business owners and chefs, plus you get to taste-test lots of food throughout the day.

Buckfast Abbey Summer Food Fair: 21st July 2018

This food fair is held in the grounds of Buckfast Abbey and gives you the opportunity to see live demonstrations by some of the industry’s best as well as a variety of stalls for you to explore.

This event is completely free as well as having free onsite parking. To find out more information about this event, visit their website.

Devon Street Food Festival: 10th – 12th August 2018

The Street Food Warehouse will be returning to Ilfracombe this summer.

This mouth-watering event will be running every afternoon and evening to ensure that you can sample the very best innovations and dishes in Street Food.

Whether you want to incorporate more street food into your menu or you just love the taste of this kind of food, this festival will not disappoint.

To find out more about this event, visit their website.

Devon Fire and Spice Festival: 18th – 19th August 2018

This festival has the beautiful backdrop of Powderham Castle just to the south of Exeter.

This hot festival combines fiery chillies and a love for all things spiced. Perfect if you’re looking to add a fiery twist to any well-known dish.

This event is filled with demonstrations, workshops, competitions and even a chilli cook-off. What better way is there to spend one of your summer days?

If you want to find out more about visiting this event, visit their website.

The Great Food and Drink Show: 22nd– 23rd September 2018

The show is held in Westpoint Arena on the outskirts of Exeter. This is a weekend packed with all things food and drink, from tastings to cake decorating workshops; you’ll find it all at this event. Try your hand at a new skill in one of the workshops, listen to an industry professional in the talks or find inspiration from the individual stands.

The exhibitors will include a huge range of local suppliers, retailers and local food and drink producers. It is sure to be a day full of networking, inspiring ingredients and learning new things for all attendees.

If you want to find out more about this event, visit their website.

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