How to Reduce Restaurant Food Waste – 20 Proven Restaurant Management Tips

Restaurant food waste is a problem that nobody in the industry can afford to ignore. According to WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) 199,100 tonnes of food waste is produced each year by UK restaurants, with very little of this going to either composting or anaerobic digestion.
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10 popular cuts of lamb in the UK

To this day, Lamb still remains a menu favourite with UK diners. With its excellent flavour and tender meat, it’s no surprise that (according to the AHDB) we ate around 70,000 tonnes of this delicious meat in the last year. Many see lamb as a luxury purchase, but there is great variety in the prices of different cuts of lamb. Understanding these lamb cuts and how they can be cooked can help you to use lamb in different and maybe more economical ways. We have 10 popular cuts of lamb in the UK for you below.
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10 Tips to Find the Best Catering Services for your Event

From corporate entertainment to family weddings, one of the most important elements of your event will be your choice of catering services. As well as checking that you have access to a menu that will suit you and your guests, you will want to ensure that your caterers have the whole event covered from welcome drinks all the way through to goodbyes from caring and experienced staff. (more…)

The Top 10 Ways to Make Your Restaurant More Profitable

For all restaurant, hotel and catering managers one of the most important jobs is the creation of a restaurant menu that is both appealing and profitable. The dining consumer can be fickle and it’s vital that, as well as including steady favourites, a menu designer considers new and innovative restaurant menu ideas to keep the diners coming in order to keep company profits up. We have done our research and come up with the top 10 ways to make your restaurant more profitable. (more…)

Popular Food Trends for Restaurant Owners in 2017

2017 is promising to be an interesting year for the hospitality industry. The impact of the EU referendum has been a weak pound, which may well encourage international visitors to our hotels and restaurants. The forecast for growth in the hotel industry is varied with London suffering from too much room availability and other smaller cities, for example Edinburgh, predicting continued growth. One element of the hospitality sector that is often subject to influences is the food sector. We look at the top 10 food trends for 2017.
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Important Tips For Cooking Chicken

Chicken is one of the most versatile meats that can be cooked in a multitude of ways. It has a mild delicate flavour and cooked right can have a soft succulent texture, which just melts in the mouth. It is low in fat and incredibly tasty making it one of the best sources of protein available. This article will provide you with tips for cooking chicken so that you can make sure you don’t end up with charred chunks of meat and instead a juicy and delicious concoction cooked to perfection.
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Halal Food Guide

You may have heard of the term halal many times, but not have much idea of what it means unless you’re a Muslim. The word halal comes from an Arabic word which means ‘lawful’. The opposite of halal, and therefore unlawful or prohibited, is haram.

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Top 5 Cured Meats And Their Origins

In this month’s post, we’re going to be looking at cured meats and their origins. There are some great favourites here, ones we enjoy week in week out if we’re a meat lover. Cured meat not only tastes great but also lasts longer, and is a versatile accompaniment to many different dishes, along with a range of different wines.

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Ultimate list of the biggest restaurant menu complaints given by customers

Today we’re looking at the biggest gripes made by customers regarding restaurant menus. If you see anything you recognise, then you’ll know you’re getting something wrong and you need to change it. There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes, but by rectifying them you can improve your business and have a better relationship with your clientele.
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Top 5 Game Meats Eaten in the UK

In our post this month, we’re going to be looking at the different types of game meat, and focusing on the top 5 eaten in the UK. It’s true that game meats have become increasingly popular, and are so delicious and full of nutritional benefits. Read on as we take a look at the top 5 game meats and why you should be having them as part of your evening meal.
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Be Sure to Choose Healthy Cuts of Beef

Most of us care about what we eat, where it comes from, how it was produced and how healthy, or otherwise, it is to eat. Here, we take a look at how you can incorporate delicious healthy cuts of beef in your diet without taking any health risks.

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The Secret Benefits Of Beef

For years, many people have been thinking about beef in all the wrong ways. The benefits and attributes of fish and chicken have been lauded for years on end, while red meat, such as beef, is seen as being entirely detrimental to one’s overall health. These negative aspects of red meat are often exaggerated, misinformed, or just plain wrong.

Beef offers a great amount of protein and holds vital vitamins that are attributed to some of the most important aspects of the body. Beef has both saturated and monounsaturated fat, which actually protects the heart from diseases. Carnitine, also found in red meat, is needed for a balanced and stable functioning of the heart.
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5 Essential Tips For Delicious Chicken Dishes

Our love affair with chicken meat started some 10,000 years ago. Today, in modern Britain you would be hard-pushed to find a menu without at least one chicken dish, but many people are wary about preparing chicken, as it is a meat that must be handled correctly in order not to spread bacteria. Chicken must be cooked properly and, if re-heating a ready-cooked chicken dish, the meat should be piping hot before it is eaten.

However, the preparation of chicken plays an important part in how it tastes and looks. If you want to prepare the perfect chicken dish, follow these five top tips: (more…)

5 Practical Ideas for In Office Catering

With limited equipment, enclosed spaces and business to attend to, in office catering can be a challenge. For caterers working to serve up something special in a corporate environment, there are dozens of hurdles and hitches to navigate – all of which call for more than a little culinary ingenuity and creativity…

Office kitchens and fridges are typically small and are rarely heaving with cutting-edge equipment. This means you’ll most likely need to prepare your cuisine off site. This raises a whole range of hot food vs. cold food quandaries, depending on the transportation and warming equipment available to you.
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5 Halal BBQ Tips for Summer

Summer’s coming, which can mean just one thing for meat lovers: It’s barbecue time. Whether you’re catering a relaxed wedding, or a big outdoors event, putting on a sizzling spread which impresses every guest is a great way to keep true carnivores happy. That means investing in your produce, checking up on its provenance and making sure you’re serving halal meat which every guest can enjoy.

If you’re ready to get grilling, these 5 halal BBQ tips will make sure your summer is truly sizzling…
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Why These Cuts Of Meat Are So Popular In British Food

Conventional Meat: Why Are Chicken, Pork, Lamb & Beef Our Staples?

Why do British meat-eaters today consider chicken, pork, lamb and beef to be the “normal” meats? Across the channel in France, our carnivorous cousins have a much more diverse repertoire when it comes to meat, regularly eating horse, rabbit and all manner of poultry. Even further afield in East Asia, meats including dog are often on the menu, while in parts of South America, guinea pig is a common treat.

Why then are British meat eaters so unadventurous? Why are meats outside of our “Big Four” considered less “normal”? In this article, we’ll be exploring British carnivorousness and trying to understand a little more about our somewhat limited culinary landscape…
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Conventional Meat: Why Are Chicken, Pork, Lamb & Beef Our Staples?

Why do British meat-eaters today consider chicken, pork, lamb and beef to be the “normal” meats? Across the channel in France, our carnivorous cousins have a much more diverse repertoire when it comes to meat, regularly eating horse, rabbit and all manner of poultry. Even further afield in East Asia, meats including dog are often on the menu, while in parts of South America, guinea pig is a common treat.

Why then are British meat eaters so unadventurous? Why are meats outside of our “Big Four” considered less “normal”? In this article, we’ll be exploring British carnivorousness and trying to understand a little more about our somewhat limited culinary landscape…
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5 Lesser Known Cuts of Meat Which Cost Less & Taste Better

Little inspires culinary creativity like a brand new ingredient to work with. Whether you’re keen to offer cheaper alternatives in your eatery, or are looking for something new to serve your diners, these 5 unusual cuts are very economical and perfect for innovative menus.

Lesser-known cuts of meat are becoming increasingly popular, both on restaurant menus and amongst the foodie contingent. Cuts like brisket, lamb belly, beef chuck and oxtail are all having a real renaissance as consumers, diners and chefs alike look for something fresh that they’ve never tried before.

If you’re keen to get your hands on some more cost-effective, innovative cuts, the IMS of Smithfield team have compiled a few of their favourites – perfect for everything from haute cuisine to slow, home cooking. (more…)

5 Big, Meaty Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Steak

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the trickiest to perfect. When you’re serving up something that’s “simply” delicious, you need to get it spot on. Steak is the ultimate challenge for lovers of pared back, perfect food. Get it right and the sheer goodness of the meat will shine through, making your dish a triumph. Get it wrong, and you’ll be left with a tough and terrible waste of beef.

But with very little to do other than buy, season and fry, cooking the perfect steak isn’t so much about doing everything right as making sure you don’t do anything wrong.

There are all sorts of misconceptions and “misteaks” which can lead to a rubbery catastrophe. But, with a little care, you can avoid them all and serve up succulent steak that your diners will be daydreaming about for days to come. So, let’s get started. Here are 5 steak-cooking pitfalls to avoid at all costs. (more…)