4. Staff will be focused on getting foods out. This means they’ll be distracted.
Tip: Take the extra 30 seconds that it takes to do your clean-as-you-go. Your consumers won’t notice this. But they will notice a bout of food poisoning. Focus on tables, cutting boards and high-risk equipment.
Tip: Hand washing is critical to food safety. You will need to stay focused and remind staff to wash their hands. Your team will be handling more foods, meaning that there is an increased risk of contaminating larger amounts of foods with hands that contain bacteria.
Tip: Make sure you have a solid plan in place for preparing for the festive season. This might mean getting additional staff not only to cook, but to clean as well. The law requires that anyone in the kitchen be trained on food safety. Staff that are unaware of food safety are likely to cause more problems in the kitchen than not. Prepare your team for this period. You can read up on food safety training here.