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Retail and Hospitality - Restaurant/Cafe Manager

 

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Chinese Restaurants in Australia! Researching the one in a town or suburb near you!

 PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

Intercultural UnderstandingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Intercultural Understanding

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Asian Priority

 

 

1. In February 2016 the ABC News reported on Historian Barbara Nichol who has made a study of Chinese food and culture in Australia - particularly Chinese restaurants.

ABC News

Read this news report noting the key points, dates and statistics.

2. Go to a local Chinese restaurant
[TeacherTeacher: NB. Primary students - you will need to go with a Teacher or Parent].


Find out the following information by interviewing the owner:

  • The name of the restaurant. Copy the name's Chinese characters.

  • When was it established? Why?

  • Take a photo of the front of the restaurant

  • Who is running this restaurant now? Are they related to the original owner?

  • What qualifications do they have? Have they ever gone to China?

  • What are the hours of trading?

  • How many employees are there? Are any related to the owner? How many are casual employees? How many are permanent?

  • What are the busiest nights? How many meals are sold on this night/day?

  • How many meals are sold on an average week?

  • What is the average cost of each meal?

  • How many meals are takeaway meals on the busiest night? Percentage?

  • What percentage of the total cost comes from beverages?

  • Where do they buy the produce that they use? Has access to Chinese vegetables improved over the years?

  • Have they "Australianised" the menu at all?

  • Has the menu changed over the decades? How?

ABC News
(Source: ABC News)

3. Write down the number of dishes listed on the menu. List your favourite dishes. Why do you like these dishes? Are there any dishes you haven't tried? Why not?

Share with a partner. Do you have any dishes in common?

Ask a parent or carer: List your favourite dishes. Why do you like these dishes? Are there any dishes you haven't tried? Why not?


4. Collate all the responses to Questions 2 & 3 above.

5. Look at the following video: How To Create Infographics

 

Using Venngage  or Canva - FREE infographic makers - create an outstanding infographic on your local Chinese Restaurant.

Venngage


Venngage

Canva

Canva

 

Evolving Restaurant Types

MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

 

 

1. Read the article from Business Insider Australia June 2016: "The staggering numbers that show why no Sydney restaurant is safe."

Business Insider Australia

2. Is the title at all true? What is the article really saying? What would be your new title?

3. Neil Perry is mentioned in this article.  "Is he safe?"  Read his story from his website. His new project is the Burger Project.

What characteristics make Neil Perry a great Restaurateur?

Discussion

Discuss with a partner.

 

 

 

What does it take to open an Entomophagy Restaurant?

High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

 

 

1. Read the following article: Insects are Food and The Conversation 22 October 2015 Reading

Insects are food

The Conversation Reading

2. List the pros and cons of setting up an Entomophagy Restaurant from the evidence presented in the first two articles. Share with a partner.  

Sources of edible bugs could be a challenge but various shops are popping up including the Edible Bug Shop in Australia:  Have a look at the range of products from this site.

Edible Bug Shop

3. You are to create a menu of 5 meals for a "Grub Kitchen" in Australia. To give you ideas, look at the following site:

Top Restaurants serving insects

Share your ideas with a partner.

4. What other issues as a Restaurant Manager [besides sourcing insect ingredients safely ] do you think you will encounter to set up your new restaurant? Write up a list.

Share with a partner.

 

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