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Joe Carbonara

Growth Starved

As 2014 comes to a close, there’s plenty of optimism among the members of the foodservice equipment and supplies community. And why not?

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Juan Martinez

Restaurant Automation: Are We Close to the Tipping Point?

When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to a restaurant that brought your food via a train that ran on a track right in front of you. Little did I know it then, that this was likely my first encounter with automation in a foodservice application.

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Jerry Stiegler

November Sales Strong, Minimum Wage Debate Still Raging, Sysco Merger Carries Steep Penalty and More

November retail sales were stronger than anticipated while restaurant sales performed well, too. A study of minimum wage increase produces negative results. Sysco’s proposed merger with US Foods carries a steep penalty. This and lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

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Greg Christian
Greg Christian

Outcomes for Year One of a New, Self-Op School Lunch Program

As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close, I'd like to share the final outcomes of Nardin Academy's new self-operated foodservice program.

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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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