Climate change is becoming a more important issue every day, especially when it comes to customers finding and choosing a restaurant. Restaurants must be taking every step they can to reduce their environmental, especially if they want to reach more customers and increase profit.
We have spoken to two experienced chefs, and here is there advice on how restaurants can do their bit to combat the effects of climate change.
Fairley Wijesinghe – Hospitality Chef Manager in Health & Aged Care
We focus on an extensive energy saving program and waste management protocol through the engagement of staff and customers.
We have invested in energy saving and efficient equipment, and we coordinate our preparation accordingly in order to reduce double usage, etc.
Jonathan Rowe – Leading Chef for the Royal Navy
As we all know, climate change is a big issue in the world we live in. Everyone needs to do their part to try and combat the problem, including the hospitality industry who are at the centre of attention a lot of the time.
In a restaurant, there are a few ways you can help with the issue. Firstly using sustainable foods is a good way of helping. This means making sure that the food you’re serving on your menus are made of sustainable products. For example, checking that the fish you’re using is not being overfished.
Another way of doing your part is by doing your best to prevent wastage. You can do this by using as much of the products you get in. Use what you can in stocks and sauces. If you buy in a whole animal, it’ll be cheaper, and you can make sure you use as much of the animal as possible.
Moving away from fossil fuels will benefit the issue of climate change. A lot of kitchens will have gas burners on their range tops. However, moving to induction tops will be much more environmentally friendly. Firstly by not using gas and secondly because if there isn’t a pan or pot on top, it’ll turn itself off.
Lastly, if you’re not using something, then turn it off. If you turn off the equipment you’re not using, then it will not only save energy but save money on bills as well. They’re all small changes but can make a big difference.