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jCarbonara
Joe Carbonara

Labor Lessons

Real growth continues to be hard to come by for the foodservice industry. In fact, overall customer traffic was flat through the first quarter of 2016, according to The NPD Group, a market research firm covering the foodservice industry. Revenues and customer traffic may be inching along, but one area growing at breakneck speed is labor costs.

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Juan Martinez

Post NRA Thoughts: My Labor Costs are Killing Me! What Can I do About It?

The National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show has come and gone to much fanfare. From what I saw and read, the participation was phenomenal. We were able to bring our full consulting team from all of our offices and even made time to break some bread together.  This year, I also participated in a panel discussion that explored unit economics  and was moderated by Steve Romaniello, managing director of Roark Capital.

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Jerry Stiegler

Food Delivery Up, Meal Kit Potential and More

What’s up with meal kits? More consumers are having restaurant meals delivered but there’s a catch. Dunkin’ Donuts cuts a major deal with BJ’s Wholesale club. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice

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Says Who? - Michael Kornick, executive chef/owner, mk Restaurant, Chicago

Considered one of the founders of Contemporary American cuisine as we know it and longtime chef/owner of the iconic mk Restaurant in Chicago, Michael Kornick serves as a model of lasting success and perseverance even through tough economic times. Not only has mk stood the test of time for decades, it has also been a training ground for numerous chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, managers and other restaurant staff who have gone on to win accolades and awards as well as open their own restaurants. Here’s what Kornick has to say about his own training ground and inspirational figures throughout his life and career.

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FE&S: Who are some other people who have influenced your career most?

Michael Kornick: Alice Waters, Jeremiah Tower, Danny Meyer, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Rich Melman, Wolfgang Puck

FE&S: What aspect of your career gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment?

Michael Kornick: Working with so many amazing people over the last 34 years and being able to learn from others and then teaching my craft to others.

FE&S: If you were not working in foodservice, what would you be doing?

Michael Kornick: Stand-up comedy

FE&S: Do you have any fun hobbies?

Michael Kornick: I am an avid wine collector and enthusiast, and a downhill skier. My wife Lisa and I also collect contemporary art, especially photography.

FE&S: What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Michael Kornick: Operating a business (restaurant) specifically to pursue your art/craft and passion will not work any better than pursuing a business (restaurant) specifically to make money. Finding that balance is critical to long-term success.

FE&S: Knowing what you now know, would you still pursue a career in foodservice?

Michael Kornick: Yes, I love what I do. I am proud of the contribution I have made as well as the emotional and financial benefits I have received from our great industry.

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