For restaurant owners and operators who might not have enough hours in the day to carve out time for researching the latest trends, podcasts can be the perfect solution. Podcasts are an easy, schedule-friendly way for restaurant leaders to get a quick dose of professional development.
Spend a few minutes searching through the iTunes Store and you’ll find a healthy supply of episodes tailored to restaurateurs, from programs that unpack diners’ latest menu preferences to interviews with rising chefs.
Here are four restaurant industry podcast recommendations to get you started:
This official podcast of the National Restaurant Association’s annual conference delivers weekly episodes full of expert tips and interviews to help restaurant owners run more profitable businesses. SoundBites covers a broad range of timely food trends, from how to develop “clean” menus and execute a no-waste policy, to how to manage multiple generations in the workplace.
Celebrity chef Rick Bayless and James Beard award-winning journalist Steve Dolinksy co-host The Feed, an audio ode to food, drink and restaurants around the world. Most episodes revolve around one specific food trend or ingredient (fried chicken, crab cakes, banh mi), but be sure to check out “How to Run a Restaurant,” a three-part series chronicling Rick’s journey to open two new restaurants in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
If you’re interested in the habits of highly successful business leaders, artists and industry experts, listen no farther than The Tim Ferriss Show. Ferriss’ guest list reads like a who’s who of celebrities across fields, from Marc Andreessen and Jamie Foxx to marketing guru Seth Godin and comedian Margaret Cho. Each interview offers real habits and techniques restaurant owners can embrace to think more creatively, avoid burnout and even start a new venture.
Aspiring and veteran restaurant franchisees alike can learn a lot from Franchisee Connect, hosted by hospitality business expert Michael Pullman. Interview topics range from tactical how-to advice (such as getting the most out of local restaurant marketing, maintaining profitability) to strategic conversations about being a better leader, or applying behavioral science to food service franchising. Pullman frequently highlights the journeys of franchisees from major brands including Subway, Burger King and Blaze Pizza.