Wouldn’t you love to pick Anthony Bourdain’s brain to find out how you can start your own food business? Well, he was in the Philippines last month to participate in the World Street Food Congress 2017 and he shared some secrets on how to do it:
1. Ask: Is it delicious? And are there locals eating it? According to Anthony, these two are always good indicators that a certain food is loved and trusted by people who live in the neighborhood. So make sure to include a local favorite in your menu and watch people keep coming back for it.
2. Utilize classics. Food that stand the test of time are those that are good; those that people come back to year after year; and those which become the default “go-to” food which people crave for. Quality proves itself over time with consistency, and that’s why nothing beats anyone’s “lola’s secret recipe”.
3. Figure out what you do well, and what you’re uniquely good at in your area. Whether it’s a local dessert or a delicacy, many food businesses have thrived by owning a certain dish in the area, and honing it to perfection. Find your niche, and be the best at it, even just locally.
4. Always be on time. “Showing up on time is showing respect to the people you deal with” said Anthony as he shares his ultimate life lesson. Filipinos are notorious for “Filipino Time”, so break that mold and earn the trust and respect of your customers and partners by showing up on time.
Globe myBusiness and the World Street Food Congress 2017 successfully brought together the best of the best in street food from all over the world, all in one spot for connoisseurs and foodies to savor and enjoy.
Top names and talents in the food industry — including Bourdain — shared their advice and tips to aspiring food entrepreneurs on how to be the best in the business through the World Street Food Congress Dialogues.