With over 1,000 hours of podcasting under my belt and 20+ years in hospitality I have been given the gift of meeting some of the coolest people that I know and learning from them. A lot of what I have learned has prepared me for my business as a restaurant consultant & coach as well as fuelled my passion for this industry even further.
Through the 20 years and 1,000 + hours of podcasting I have also learned that there are gaps in our community and those gaps are causing pain for not only the hospitality industry as a whole, but also for each and every one of its individuals.
Just last week I had a friend send me a private message asking me if I could help them facilitate a running group for our city’s hospitality workers, something similar to what they are doing in Toronto with The Food Runners (which as a side note seems like such an awesome group of people doing rad things). This friend told me that this city needs something like this, something to bring our community together and promote a healthier lifestyle. Next my friend told me that she’s leaving the industry for good. After running numerous kitchens, opening up her own restaurant that she’d put more than her own blood sweat and tears into, and then making the move to work as a corporate chef for a large local chain of restaurants she’s calling it quits.
Way too young and way too talented to see them go but this happens far too often where we see incredible creative and valuable people just completely burnt out. Will a running group in Toronto be the shift the industry needs? Maybe not, but you know what, it is sure a heck of a lot better than doing absolutely nothing and expecting it to change.
Thinking outside of the box a bit I’ve decided to see if I can help this industry out. With FIT FOR SERVICE I intend to bring to our community a platform that has never been seen before that will not only be the cherry on top of the already awesome efforts by groups such as The Food Runners but a quantum leap of improvement of resources available to those in need in the hospitality industry.
While I realize that stories of burn out, and just sheer disappointment with the hospitality industry, like the one above aren’t really in my control, I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t work to create some more positive change for everyone in our community.
FIT FOR SERVICE will operate under the HALF A DOZEN HOSPITALITY umbrella and will be accessible to anyone and everyone that should wish to engage with it. We will also be offering a membership option after the November 1st launch that will get members unique access to a tailored list of groups that will focus on all three pillars of the offering, Physical, Mental, and Spiritual.
If you or someone you know could use a platform like this, please have them email us at email@example.com and we will add you to our mailing list when we go live with the platform.
Lastly to all of you out there who are giving so much of yourself to this industry it is not going unnoticed and we all appreciate what you do. With that said, take care of you, your body, mind, and spirit as nothing is worth more than those 3 aspects of you being as optimal as possible.
Keep up the awesome work crew and stay tuned for FIT FOR SERVICE on November 1st.