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The Name of the Game: Efficiency

Lots has changed in commercial kitchens of late. Takeout has taken over. Ghost kitchens are anything but spooky. And virtual brands continue to show real potential. Consumers using these evolving forms of foodservice often demand different and even competing experiences. The key to successfully balancing all of this is understanding the name of the game is still efficiency. Landmark Kitchen Design’s Antonio Rico will discuss the delicate balance between evolution and efficiency in today’s rapidly changing foodservice world.
Speaker: Antonio Rico, Principal/Partner, Landmark Kitchen Design

Forget Labor Challenges. Automate!

Labor. When you can find it, it's expensive and lacks the skills required to operate today's high demand and busy throughput kitchen. Enter automation. While examples of automation have been in our industry for some time now, the past 18 months have led to accelerated advancements in the quest to enhance profitability through the deployment of targeted technologies. From IoT to collaborative robotics, automation is broader than we realize, and it's making its way into every facet of operations of a typical brick and mortar restaurant to the virtual brand.
Speaker: James K. Pool III, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, The Middleby Corporation

Six Most Valuable Lessons Learned from Six Years as a Restaurateur

Today’s restaurant industry leaders must set the tone for teamwork, service and more. They have to alternate between guiding their teams and serving as a cheerleader to voice full support in challenging times. Restauranteur Meghan Lee will discuss six lessons learned, among them how to retaining great staff and mentor them for success while helping them achieve work-life balance; navigate being a female restaurant owner in a male-dominated industry; challenge standard business practices and daring to be different; how to trust your instincts and stay true to yourself, continually innovate – even after achieving success and more!
Speaker: Meghan Lee, Owner, Heirloom