Trends demand training in the restaurant industry

Trends demand training in the restaurant industry

Welcome to the restaurant industry. You must be fast-paced, up to date on the latest food trends, and on the cutting-edge of new cooking techniques if you want to stand out from all the other businesses selling equally delicious food, unique cocktails, and hard-to-find craft beers. Being fresh and serving attractive meals is enough to get hungry patrons through the doors, but how can you compete night after night, especially in cities and towns renowned for their culinary scenes?

Well, this is the service industry after all, and that means that without a team of A-players both in the front and back of house, restaurant-goers will find a place to eat with staff that care about their customers.

Now that you understand the importance of skilled and well-trained employees, let’s look at five industry trends to help you identify where to invest in training materials.

1. Bigger locations
Restaurants have long lived by the idea that more seats equals more customers and therefore higher revenue. After all, a single seat at a bar or a table could generate upwards of £100,000 over time at nicer establishments. So, it is no wonder that Eater magazine considered “bigger restaurants” to be a burgeoning trend.

“Staff training at larger eateries often cannot keep up with the demands of customers.”

However, having almost 150 seats isn’t always a positive. The source noted that staff training at these larger eateries often cannot keep up with the demands of customers. Whether it’s dealing with more diners or learning all the table numbers, printed training materials are a requirement at restaurants nowadays.

2. Restaurant groups
As customers become fatigued by chain restaurants, some businesses are taking a different approach to city-wide domination. Eater magazine noted that restaurant groups are a hot trend in the industry, as operators learn that they can scale profits at a single venue by working with other brands.

The fast-paced nature of the restaurant industry demands that employees always know how to cater to customers
The fast-paced nature of the restaurant industry demands that employees always know how to cater to customers.

Restaurant groups are a great opportunity for expansion, and by sharing employees, these businesses can take their group to the next level. However, to ensure that every staff member can recall the specifics about your brand and food, you need training materials.

3. The desire for drinks
What is the first thing you look for on a menu? OK, maybe we’re the only ones thinking the wine, beer, and cocktail list is the most popular, but most people love a good drink. In fact, fantastic and unique liquor, beer, and cocktails are now the focus of many patrons.

According to Eater magazine, one of the biggest trends in fine dining is the inclusion of sommeliers and restaurant wine professionals. In addition, Restaurant Engine highlighted the popularity of artisan craft brews, brewed both locally and otherwise, as well as distilled liquors.

Simply put, servers and back-of-house staff can soak up a lot of know-how about your alcoholic beverages, and to make learning easier, restaurants should create cheat sheet pamphlets and posters that identify the difference between certain drinks. After all – you don’t want to serve a stout to a hophead or a red wine to a sauvignon blanc fanatic.

4. Neurogastronomy
Creating food with a focus on lighting, plating, and music is arguably one of the most interesting trends in the restaurant industry. Dubbed neurogastronomy, Zagat explained that menus now deliver sensory experiences as much as they do nutrients.

Training documents are an essential enabling ingredient, as many front- and back-of-house staffers have probably never tasted anything cooked via the sous-vide method. With some visual learning tools, those servers and cooks will be able to explain exactly what they’re serving without breaking a sweat.

The average restaurateur is likely to never have considered how valuable physical training assets can be in this industry, but given these four burgeoning trends, those individuals might want to start ordering training documents as soon as they’re done Googling the term “sous-vide.”


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