Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

With excitement allow me to introduce you to today's guest, Founder and CEO of Kiwi Restaurant Partners and nurish, Troy Hooper. With 30 years of hospitality management in luxury and casual dining, Troy brings a breadth of knowledge and diverse experience to KRP. Troy has built new concepts, redesigned and rebranded existing restaurants and hotels, and improved upon well-established venues throughout the U.S. for iconic brands such as Hilton Corporate properties, Sheraton, TPC Golf Clubs, as well as luxury Caribbean resorts, and exclusive private memberships clubs. A business and operations specialist, Troy has a proven track record of aggressive top and bottom-line growth while attracting and training top talent and creating robust cultures that deliver world-class service.

Check out episode 613 withHorst Schulze on the 24 Standards of Service as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 700 with Mario Del Pero as mentioned in today's episode!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "First seek to understand, then seek to be understood."

In this episode with Troy Hooper we will discuss:

  • What is an LTO in corporate dining?
  • Troy's time in corporate dining early in his career
  • Farm-to-fork
  • The trails of serving food at a ski resort
  • People and culture first
  • Utilizing data efficiently
  • Invest in each member of your team individually
  • Kitchen robotics
  • The metaverse

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Empathy
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Loud voice
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Someone who asks questions about out brand and culture
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Capital
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Self-awareness
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Connect on a human level and make a connection
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Don't take their heads out of the sand and look up
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
    • Smart phone
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  11. If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be?
    • Be curious
    • Be kind
    • Be aware

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Huge thanks to Troy Hooper for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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