Surging cases of the Omicron variant and continued labor shortages, are forcing major chains to reduce their hours. McDonald’s, Starbucks, Del Taco, Chipotle and Shake Shack, just to name a few, have been reaching out to their customers informing them of reduced hours and services. Store hours have been cut back by an average of 10-15%–hours and service reductions vary on a store-to-store basis.
Hood filters in any commercial kitchen that are cleaned and maintained regularly have a widespread positive effect in the kitchen, but if they are neglected, it could have a significantly detrimental impact on your restaurant and on the safety and well-being of the employees. The ever-present threat of a fire is a stark reminder that this task cannot be neglected. Dave Ott, in a well-presented article highlighting the significance of dirty hood filters and how they impact on a restaurant, proposes that filters are cleaned on a regular schedule, preferably on a daily basis. “Easy way to get an employee to clean restaurant hood baffle filters on a daily basis.” Although this is a valid idea, it provokes the thought of why the filters are being neglected from the beginning. In the ideal situation, all the hood filters should be clean at all times, but this takes time and is a hassle when there are other important tasks to be performed. Dave Ott, in a well-presented article highlighting the significance of dirty hood filters and how they impact on a restaurant, proposes that filters are cleaned on a regular schedule, preferably on a daily basis. See the article below “Easy way to get an employee to clean restaurant hood baffle filters on a daily basis”
Washington, D.C. — The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), commonly known as the Baking Expo™, in partnership with Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, is pleased to announce the 2019 BEST in Baking Program top honors and qualifiers who will be recognized and celebrated during the triennial trade show September 7-11, 2019 in Las Vegas.
Launched in 2010, the BEST in Baking was originally developed to recognize suppliers who demonstrated a commitment to sustainability. This year’s IBIE BEST in Baking program has been expanded to recognize both suppliers and bakers who have demonstrated excellence in the industry’s most paramount topics including sanitation, product innovation, and workforce development. This prestigious program demonstrates IBIE’s commitment to recognizing leadership within the industry and its dedication to supporting the growth and wellbeing of talented suppliers and bakers around the world.
Keeping employees productive in a restaurant is always an ongoing task, and below I will offer a simple solution for one area. Cleaning is another responsibility that the kitchen staff usually hates. Sometimes it can be the amount one is given to clean in the kitchen on any given day. Many restaurant operators will wait until the cooking, and other kitchen equipment is heavily caked with grease, and dirt to finally get on the staff about cleaning. This is the same way with the hood filters, and it is usually a cook that complains about the smoke, and heat that are not leaving the kitchen through the exhaust system. The reason is the filters have been neglected and not cleaned on a regular basis or cleaning schedule, and are now not doing their job. The restaurant exhaust fan’s motor is overloaded, and straining to pull heat and smoke through the clogged filters.