Becoming A Barista

You need  to make sure you’re a good fit to be a barista so that YOU can enjoy the job and succeed at what you’re doing. The employer will enjoy you as an employee!

5 Top Attributes Required for a Coffee Shop Barista:

A People Person – being friendly and relatable. You want to engage with customers, as well as enjoy working with your team

Fast & Efficient – You’ll be hired to make drinks and keep up with orders, and the faster and more efficient service you provide, the more customers you’ll be able to serve

Customer Focused – A good barista does just that—puts customer needs first and wants to make people feel special and surpass their needs.

Clean & Attentive – Cleanliness and sanitation is very important in the food industry.

Willing to Learn & Improve -You’re willing to adapt your new job’s standards of doing things, leaving a know-it-all or superior attitude at the door.

While all the 5 Top Attributes are important to be in the industry, many employers still feel outstanding ATTITUDE is still at the top over a skilled person!!

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Food Business Venture

If you have a passion for culinary creations and exquisite ingredients,  launching a food might just be your journey. You might want to bring healthier options to your clientele or you just want to make some delicious meals for your customers. Either way starting a food-based business can be rewarding. Gear up for hard work and challenges ahead. There are many ways you can enter into food business:

  1. Farm-to-table restaurateur
    If you’re an avid home chef, who loves to use fresh ingredients, start  a farm-to-table restaurant. It helps  support local farmers and strengthen your community through the love of healthy, fresh foods.
  2. Jams & preserves maker
    Some foods  are easier to hand-make and package in large quantities like jam. With access to a steady supply of high-quality fruits and mason jars, you can go into the jam-making business in no time. You need to have a list of  tried-and-true jam recipes.  Create branded labels and sell your goods at local fairs, farmers markets or online.
  3. Bakery
    If you love baking to stave off boredom, why not get paid for it by opening a bakery? Get your mom’s or grandmother’s  old recipes (or create your own) and find desserts that you can replicate perfectly every time. You can start accpeting orders online and bake from home. After all you can eat your mistakes!!!
  4. Food truck
    Want to open a restaurant but lack budget for retail space and tons of kitchen equipment? With a decent set of wheels and a small-scale food prep station, you can start in no time. Food trucks are a great alternative to brick-and-mortar restaurants. Choose a specific type of food or cuisine you’re familiar with and work on perfecting recipes in that category to sell at your mobile eatery.

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Eliminate Hunger Through Food Banking

Each year billions of pounds of food go to waste, while at the same time nearly 800 million people do not have enough to eat. Food banking systems capture surplus food and deliver it to the people who need it most, and engage all sectors of society (governments, business, and civil society) in the process.


Read more: What is Food Banking?

Look out for a Food Bank in your vicinity and donate as you wish!!

Nutrition Month Malaysia 2017

Mark your calendar!!

A series of activities on promoting healthy eating & physical activity will be carried out:

Food-Fit-Fun Fair

  • Eat Smart + Move More = Recipe for Healthy Families: An Infographic Kit
  • Series of educational press articles in major newspapers and magazines
  • Health messages promoted via NMM Facebook page, website & selected radio stations

Read more: Nutrition Month Malaysia 2017

Peru Flood 2017

LIMA, PERU March 21, 2017: Considered the worst flooding in over 2 decades, victims in Peru urgently need your help as intense rain continues in 24 of the 25 regions, with 12 already in a state of emergency. Highways, bridges and railways are damaged causing delays in support and supplies reaching those in need. Some towns are stranded and others have no method of communication. Water treatment facilities and sewage pipe damages are impacting the water supply and causing a shortage of drinking water.
Concerns are increasing over the possibility of a disease outbreak caused by mosquitos.

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  • Thomas Gugler,

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Hoi An International Food Festival 2017

Chef K.K. Yau (Malaysia) in Hoi An

[English Below]HAIFF CHEFS IN HOI AN! ĐẦU BẾP HAIFF TẠI HỘI AN!Selamat Datang! Bạn đã đến Malaysia chưa? Nếu chưa thì hãy đến ngay gian hàng của đầu bếp K.K. Yau để thưởng thức ẩm thực đất nước này nhé ;)Selamat Datang! Have you been to Malaysia? If not, quickly run to Malaysian booth to taste super yummy dishes made be chef K.K. Yau!#hoianinternationalfoodfestival #haiff #hoian #vietnam #india #haiff2017 Yau Kok Kheong

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Selamat Datang! Have you been to Malaysia? If not, quickly run to Malaysian booth to taste super yummy dishes made be Chef K.K. Yau!

6 Lessons About Entrepreneurship From the World’s Best Chefs

Whether you’re preparing a meal or cooking up a new venture, many of the challenges are the same. There are plenty of entrepreneurship lessons hidden in all the kitchen chaos:

  1. Conditions are never “ideal”-– There is no mythical “right time” to make a big move. You have to improvise, make substitutions and find ways to make due with what you’ve got just like the Chefs do in the kitchen.
  2. Presentation is important — Whether it is about presenting your financial data for funding,
    dressing up for an important pitch meeting, focusing on user experience and design in your materials,  or branding yourself well for potential customers, you have to put as much effort
    into the presentation as the product itself if you want it to be well received. For chefs, plating is the ultimate way to judges or customer’s heart
  3. It’s not about the tools — it’s how you use them : For entrepreneurs,
    you may lack an office space, no big budget to decorate your store front or have to use some outdated tech.  However, if you think creatively and make the best of what you’ve got, you can maximize your impact and overcome the shortcomings. Successful Chefs do not complain about the knives are blunt, avocados are out of season or there is no fresh coconut!
  4. Time management is key — Whether you’re creating a meal in 30 minutes or
    trying to execute on your 12-month plan for small business, the way that you manage your time can be a key determinant in how successful you are.
  5. Everyone has his reasons— Every Chef would have his reason on why he is in the food industry and became successful.  Entrepreneurship is no different. Everyone launches their business venture for their own reasons,  and everyone is motivated by different things. Stick to your guns!
  6. Your biggest competition is yourself — Sometimes, the world of entrepreneurship can feel a bit like Cutthroat Kitchen or a Cupcake War, like you’re trying to make magic happen in Hell’s Kitchen. Financial and equipment can be the main challenges, but the most common mistakes are the ones you make all on your own. Not managing your time well, forgetting the basics or overlooking a key detail can cost you big, both in the kitchen and when building your business. Gear up Entrepreneurs- to be!

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Commercial Kitchen Equipment Checklist

One of the biggest investments of a new restaurant is the kitchen.
A commercial kitchen needs industrial grade equipment that will withstand a busy restaurant schedule.
Here is a general checklist of everything you need to outfit your restaurant kitchen:

  • Range
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Deep-fryer
  • Reach-in cooler
  • Walk-in cooler
  • Freezer (either a chest, upright or walk-in)
  • Sauté pans
  • Stock/soup pots
  • Sauce pans
  • Baking sheets
  • Pizza screens
  • Baking pans
  • Tongs
  • Spatulas
  • Ladles
  • Chef’s knives
  • Pizza paddle
  • Whisks
  • Mixing bowls
  • Plastic inserts for coolers
  • Steam table
  • Entrée plates
  • Pasta bowls
  • Appetizer plates
  • Salad plates
  • Dessert Plates
  • Metal or plastic shelves for walk-in cooler
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Cleaning buckets (specifically labled for cleaning products)
  • Rubber floor mats
  • Hand soap/ sanitizer dispenser
  • Fire extinguisher

You may not need every single item on the above list.
Instead you may need other types of equipment more specific to your restaurant concept.