Talk the Talk: Understanding Restaurant Jargon

Restaurants operate in a unique environment. Unlike an office or retail job, restaurants are loud, crowded, and fast-paced, and employees tend to be much more casual. Friendships form quickly because everyone has to work together to be successful. Over time, this environment has led to a whole language of restaurant lingo that both front of […]

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The Joys of Family Meal

There’s one thing every person in the world has in common — we all have to eat. Food is our common denominator, so sharing a meal is a way to bond with anyone, no matter how different they are from you.  Sharing food across cultures fosters understanding and deepens relationships. Sharing food between BOH and […]

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Server Tips: How to Budget When You’re Paid in Cash

It’s difficult to keep track of your money and budget when you take home cash. As a server or even as a bartender, you can leave your shift with $150 in your pocket, and somehow the next day you’ve got a handful of ones, some loose change, and nothing to show for it. There are […]

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10 Unwritten Rules of Professional Kitchens

Celebrated chef Gavin Kaysen tells every intern at the world-renowned Café Boulud the same thing: “You can come to this restaurant and you can give us 99% and the cooks will give you nothing in return, or you can give them 100% and they’ll give you 150% in return.”  There’s a sense of camaraderie that […]

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All About the Chef’s Knife

The most important unwritten rule in a kitchen is don’t touch a chef’s knives. If you break this rule, you should just look for another job because forgiveness is unlikely. Knives are an integral part of a chef’s job and are often thought of as an extension of their hand. Of all the knives in […]

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7 Things Every FOH Person Should Know!

Jobs in the restaurant industry are unlike any others. They’re fast-paced, challenging, and fun, and as a front-of-house employee, you’re vital to the success of a restaurant. Great food will get people in the door, but great service is what makes people come back. If you’re new to the restaurant industry, this list will arm […]

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