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Video Case Study: Healthcare Food Waste Strategies at Palomar Health

Posted by Leanpath on March 21, 2019


There are so many moving parts in hospital foodservice that chefs and managers rarely have time to identify the root causes of food waste, let alone strategize to improve their operations. That's why Palomar Health trusts Leanpath technology to measure their food waste, analyze food waste data, and provide reporting and expert coaching to guide their prevention efforts.

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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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How Leanpath won Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Posted by Leanpath on February 27, 2019

Food Matters Live caught up with Leanpath’s own Tom Mansel after we were awarded the group’s Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award.

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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.

Repurposing is key to cutting the costs, labor, and unnecessary inventory 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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3 knife skills videos to help slash food waste

Posted by Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst on January 24, 2019

 

One of the biggest sources of food waste is trim waste from fruits, vegetables and meats. Some trim waste is inevitable. For that, try to repurpose. But some trim waste is created because of poor knife skills: a quarter of a bell pepper is left on top, meat comes off when fat is trimmed. Teaching proper knife skills is critical. Find out the chef on your team who is best with knives and have him or her give a tutorial. Short of that, we've collected some great knife skills videos to help out with teaching the basics. 

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Topics: Food Waste Musings