Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D.

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Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D. is our Advice Guy and Professor of Culinary Arts and Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is the co-author/editor of eight books, including The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook (Simon & Schuster, 2021).

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Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D.

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Who should clean the restaurant restrooms?

Advice Guy: In an ideal scenario, a dedicated staff cleaning person or contractor, who doesn’t handle food, would take care of restroom cleaning.


How can I avoid double-booking catering gigs?

Advice Guy: Even if your catering proposals have a low conversion rate, it’s a good idea to put a time limit on them and keep track of which proposals went out for each event date.

Advice Guy: Subtle cues like clearing every possible item from the table may only be effective with savvy customers or those who want to leave anyway.

Advice Guy: It used to be seen as classy not to mention prices in an upscale environment. But transparency matters, too.

Advice Guy: No one likes unexpected costs, but this one is modest and important.

Advice Guy: To make such changes thoughtfully, look at past data and model what the new program would look like for each position in the restaurant.

Advice Guy: It can be tough to predict how someone will perform on the job from an interview, but the more practical your questions are, the better.

Advice Guy: Making a bad hiring decision doesn’t get you out of paying for training.

Advice Guy: While this question likely aims to indicate that your restaurant is a positive and inclusive workplace, in general, interview questions should be related to the candidate’s ability to do the job.

Advice Guy: Despite some downsides, there are many reasons to consider a vacation closure.

Advice Guy: Consultants should clearly state what they're willing to do as part of business development and what would require a paid contract.

Advice Guy: While it’s frustrating to have a smaller-than-expected group show up, the revenue gained may not be worth the potential loss of goodwill and future business.

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