Author: William Schulz


Dichotomy of a Club Food Operation; what is the Chef to do!

By Bill Schulz, MCM The food service operation is considered a primary department in club operations. All members of the club patronize the food operation to some extent, whereas other services and facilities may be used only by specific individuals. Food service in clubs is different from food service in specialty restaurants, hotels, or other […]

Making of a Chef

When David Meyers Associates is retained for a Club Chef Search, we try to get management to tell us what qualities they are looking for in their next Chef. They almost always give us two or three attributes as well as areas within their operation they would like to fix with their new hire. They […]

Work with a Master in Your Kitchen

Does your operation have the key components of a First-Class culinary operation? Food and beverage operations are complex with high labor and product costs. Efficiency and high quality service can be enhanced if staff and management are in harmony with guest needs and have the tools and knowledge necessary to do the job right. GM’s […]
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Staff Development

Over the years I have heard many Chefs moan about losing key employees who they had trained and developed within their clubs. If wages are competitive and the work environment is a good one, it is easy to empathize with the Chef who says: “I’m sick and tired of spending all that time training someone […]

Food & Beverage Profitability

Some years ago I wrote an article for Club Management Magazine tiled, “What Happened to Food & Beverage Profitability?” I believe I hit a nerve because after the article was published, I began to receive calls and emails from managers throughout the country agreeing with my conclusions. To this day I continue to receive an […]

Creating a SERVICE Culture

CULTURE is a key ingredient for the sustainability and prosperity of all private clubs. Creating an adaptive culture that is aligned to business goals and objectives will provide clubs with the ability to significantly outperform their competitors and prosper with both membership growth and retention! Accelerated performance is caused because the group (i.e. the club […]

Making Your Best Impression

Some years ago, I read an article that really stuck with me. The name of the article was, “A Portfolio Beats a Resume Any Day,” written by Bob Weinstein from Tech Watch after his interview with John Sullivan, who at the time was a consultant to Fortune 500 Firms. The article began by quoting John […]
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Chef Due-Diligence Realities

by Bill Schulz, MCM Culinary Search Associate Leading a successful food service operation demands consistency along with continual monitoring and followup. Being an Executive Chef has placed unique demands on you, but I know… deep down you love what you do. You have a passion for the business; you have to, in order to put  […]

Great Food Begins with Great Products

When I was actively managing clubs, I was always amazed when the Chef and I spoke about the quality of food products used at the club, how food is handled, and the resources necessary to secure various products. The F&B committee invariably found this discussion an enlightening one and suggested sharing the information with the […]
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Chef Tasting

Purpose: The purpose of the tasting exercise is to substantiate a general confidence in the individual’s culinary ability.  The tasting exercise is a reasonable challenge of the chef’s culinary, organization and management skills and should be a revealing test of his ability to product a four-course meal to a group with a three hour preparation […]
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