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The best defense to combat food
quality issues with new staffers is a good
offense.
Spell It Out
I've been in a lot of pizzerias over
the years, and I love when an operator
hands me their recipe binder or recipe
cards. They are meticulous. Everyone
approaches them differently. Some use
directions in pictures or graphics. Others
write it out emphasizing the most
important factors in making the dish.
I've also seen laminated chart posters
above the various makeline stations with
the most popular menu items outlined.
Quick references like these can provide
a visual reminder when that new staffer
gets hit with a rush on their first few
days on the line.
Recipe binders are still the tried-andtrue,
go-to tool keeping the food quality
consistent. " Every single item has a
detailed recipe, " says Mike Androw,
owner of E&D Pizza Company in
Avon, Connecticut. " It's an 'old school'
method. I know. I don't use it because
I'm stubborn. I use it because it works.
Laminated pages in a reinforced binder
are within reach at any time. Consistency
is huge with me. This tool ensures
that every item is prepared to the exact
same recipe every time. Nobody ever
has to guess as to what a recipe was. If
you've forgotten, no problem, the binder
is right there with the answer. "
Think through how the recipe binder
is organized and updated. Pete Tolman,
chef/owner at Iron Born in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania keeps a keen eye on his
recipe binders. " We place our most used
recipes at the front of our binders and
our out of season recipes to the back, "
he says. " We try to not let cooks remove
the recipes from the binder and place
them in the exact same place every day
so the whole kitchen has access and
knows where to find them. If you have
cooks that aren't organized or lose items
often, buy the most neon-colored binders
you can find and a different color for
each station. "
When's the last time you reviewed
your recipe binder? Get it out now and
take a hard look at it with objectivity.
And answer this question: " If I have
never made this menu item, could I
successfully make it using this recipe
and make consistently the same every
time? You can even gain perspective
from someone who doesn't know your
kitchen ops. See what questions they
have if presented with the recipe as their
only guide.
Set Them Up for Success
A new employee's failures on the
line are your failures. The sink or swim
method does not work in a fast-paced
pizzeria kitchen. Training is paramount.
If you skimp on training because of
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Pizza Today - July 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - July 2022

Commentary
Digital
Conversation
Mike's Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
Building Blocks
On Deck
Knead to Know
Destination
Makeline Efficiency
Consistency Through Turnover
St. Louis Style Pizza
Summer Cocktails
Inflation Tactics
Rising Stars
Product Showcase
Pizza Today/Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader's Resource
Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - CT2
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Cover1
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Cover2
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Commentary
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 4
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 5
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 6
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 7
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Digital
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 9
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Conversation
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 11
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Mike's Monthly Tip
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 13
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Man on the Street
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 15
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Building Blocks
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 17
Pizza Today - July 2022 - On Deck
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 19
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Knead to Know
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 21
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 22
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 23
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Destination
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 25
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Makeline Efficiency
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 27
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 28
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 29
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Consistency Through Turnover
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 31
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 32
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 33
Pizza Today - July 2022 - St. Louis Style Pizza
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - 37
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Summer Cocktails
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 39
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Inflation Tactics
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 41
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Rising Stars
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Expo Spotlight
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