premeal panelists Bret Thorn
Will Guidara, Ashley Christensen, moderator Curtis Stone, Gary Obligacion and Alon Shaya

The art of the pre-meal meeting

Operators share tips for making the most out of pre-shift meetings

“I think pre-meal is the most important 30 minutes of the entire day in a restaurant,” said Will Guidara, co-owner of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad and Made Nice in New York City. “It’s when there are 30 or 40 people who are individuals, and it’s during that time that they cease being individuals, and they start to become a team.”

He was answering a question during a panel discussion at the American Express Trade Program during the Food & Wine

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