It takes a certain amount of hubris to write a blog like this. To sit back and write about how to be a better server almost implies that you think you are good enough to be emulated. I will never claim to be the world’s greatest server. I do consider myself humbly better than average, […]
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Guests often bring up the names of Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs to me at work. The jokes usually go right over my head. People assume that I am somewhat familiar with these chefs because of my job. It is actually quite the opposite. After spending a shift staring into a kitchen wondering if […]
Salmon is one of the least understood items on most restaurant menus. Servers are often unaware of what type of salmon is served out of their kitchen. Even more commonly servers are unaware of the unique selling points of the species they offer. This is problematic because premium salmon can warrant a premium price. It […]
I spent most of my life disliking the flavor of salmon. Growing up most of the salmon I ate came from a can and was served in “patty” form. As I worked in casual dining restaurants I would occasionally try the salmon dishes only to be turned off by the lingering flavors it would leave […]
Even some great servers have trouble explaining steak cuts. There are so many terms used to describe beef that it almost becomes a case of contrived complexity. Some terms are legitimate government sponsored grades while cattle ranchers create others as a marketing tool. For a food that many of us eat for nearly every meal, […]
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David Hayden was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He took his first serving job in 1996. Since that time, he has worked for over a dozen different restaurant companies. He has held both hourly and salaried positions at independent and corporate restaurants. He has waited on over 100,000 guests and trained hundreds of servers. He has been named "Best Server in Kansas City" the last three years by the local weekly paper.