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Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst

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Reducing food waste at the salad bar

Posted by Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst on January 9, 2020

Salad bars are vital in high-volume operations. The salad bar concept allows the kitchen to feed a lot of guests with the least amount of labor cost. It gives guests the ability to customize their meals. It offers chefs a way to utilize and repurpose ingredients in a creative and efficient manner. There are many positives to salad bars, but standard displays and operating procedures can also lead to massive amounts of food waste.

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Topics: Kitchen Culture, Food Waste Strategies

Reducing food waste during the holiday season

Posted by Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst on December 16, 2019

The holidays can be tough on the planet. Road trips and flights to visit family. Christmas gifts shrouded in plastic. A lot of consumption and waste. As culinary professionals our focus this time of year is on guests and food. We are in the unique position on the front line to make the changes to combat the global food waste problem and be part of the solution. A  lot of food gets wasted this time of year, so what can you do about it? 

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Topics: Food Waste Strategies

Top food waste sources and how to prevent them: Equipment Failure

Posted by Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst on August 23, 2019

As Leanpath's full time Executive Chef, I've trained and coached hundreds of chefs and managers on preventing food waste in their operations. When you spend this much time with frontline foodservice workers, hearing their food waste successes and horror stories, valuable trends emerge. One of the most aggravating food loss reasons I hear about all the time is equipment failure. As chefs and managers, we trust our kitchen tools, sometimes too much. Here are a few questions to ask your staff to prevent food waste due to equipment failure.

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Topics: Kitchen Culture, Food Waste Strategies

Food waste prevention means more efficient labor. Here’s what that looks like.

Posted by Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst on March 15, 2019


When food is delivered to a kitchen’s backdoor, it has one cost: the food cost. Once it enters the kitchen, it starts getting saddled with labor costs. Unloading, storing, prepping, cooking, plating, serving, disposing. It’s a basic model that every chef and manager understands, but it’s important to keep it in mind when we talk about the impact food waste prevention has on labor.

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Topics: Food Waste Musings

How to repurpose some of the most commonly wasted foods

Posted by Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst on February 12, 2019

In my years coaching chefs on how to prevent food waste, again and again I see three food items being wasted when they should have been repurposed.

A lot of chefs just aren’t sure what to do with them.

The big three are vegetable trim (broccoli stems, cauliflower cores, carrot peels, onions skins, etc.), fruits (whole and trim), and starches (rice, beans, potatoes, grains). It’s probably not a coincidence that none of these are high-priced proteins, which can sometimes be the only focus of a kitchen’s food waste prevention effort. To prevent trim waste before it happens, consider a knife skills refresher course, and once you improve those skills, turn to repurposing.

Repurposing is key to cutting the financial cost of food waste - labor cost - and inventory loss caused by food waste. Here’s how to tackle the big three by putting them to use instead of putting them in the bin.

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Topics: Food Waste Musings