Behind The Great Men: Father's Day Specials

While our mothers are the ones that take care every little detail in all the aspects of our lives, our dads are the normally the ones slogging away from morning till night just to provide us with a stable and comfortable life. Not to mention, these noble dads who have to work around the clock even during holidays/weekends when their services are required.  This year, we decided to showcase the quiet heroes in the F&B industry that deserve a little more spotlight for this coming Sunday - Father’s Day. While they are serious at work whipping up great dishes and coming up with new receipes, we are curious how these F&B owners behave behind the scenes.

Join us to find out how exactly some of these F&B owners juggle between their family time and their work, as well as what plans they have for their own fathers or themselves this Father’s Day!


Xiao Jie from Ponpie

Xiao Jie from Ponpie

Ponpie

1) What are your plans for Father’s Day this year?

Well, my son and I wouldn’t be that mushy (laughs) so it will probably be just like the past years - dinner in a restaurant. As for Ponpie, we would be pushing out a new cake to celebrate Father’s Day! Our concept of this creation is a chocolate cake with a tint of alcohol to bring out the flavour of fathers’ maturity.

2) F&B businesses hours are crazy, how do you balance your work hours and family time?

When we first embarked on the journey of this business, I had to invest all my time and efforts in managing the restaurant. I was beyond exhausted and barely had the time to be physically there with my family. However, when Ponpie started to settle down and have a stable progress, I had more time for my parents. During their holidays, they would also drop by the shop to help out which gave me more opportunities to interact with them.

3) What was your father’s opinion when you told him that you wanted to start an F&B business? Was he supportive? What role did he play in this journey?

My dad had no experience in the F&B industry and like most parents, he was not technologically savvy. However, he was supportive since the day I told him about my decision to start my own F&B restaurant. He took a step further to understand what I was doing, to learn how to use Facebook to share with me articles, to promote the shop to relatives and friends, and to even help out in the shop. To me, my dad has always been the strongest pillar of support. With him around, I always have the energy to do my best.

4) When you form your own family in the future, would you support your children if they are interested in entering the F&b Industry? What kind of father do you envision yourself to be?

I will definitely support him and I hope he will do it courageously. If my children run into problems, that’s when I will be there to share with them my experience. My father is my idol and I hope to be a father like him. It is important to not decide my children future for them but rather, be supportive in the decisions they make and be their cheerleader.

5) Can you use two words to describe your father?

Responsible and thoughtful. My dad is a responsible man and you can see it through his attitude towards work. He is always fixed to his goals and duties and does not waiver easily. When interacting with family, he has always been thoughtful towards us.


Jeremy & Becky - L’Atelier Du Renard

Jeremy & Becky - L’Atelier Du Renard

L’Atelier Du Renard

1) What are your plans for Father’s Day this year?

We have yet to decide what we would like to push out for our menu. Last year, however, we came up with a series of desserts that are a fusion of coffee and chocolate. This year we will most likely be following this direction by creating flavours that have the maturity style in it. Alternatively, we may also create a Father’s Day themed cake to surprise our customers!

2) F&B businesses hours are crazy, how do you balance your work hours and family time?

I usually use skype to chat with my parents every two to three weeks. The interval between each skype calls is relatively long so we make it up by having a longer call for around an hour. My siblings have all formed their own families, however if they are present at my parents’ house, we would chat together too.

3) What was your father’s opinion when you told him that you wanted to start a F&B business? Was he supportive? What role did he play in this journey?

My family stays in a small town in France. Europeans enjoy dining in small restaurants but do not have the culture of online ordering and delivery hence it was a new concept to them when I decided to adopt Oddle. My parents were really supportive of my decision of coming to Tai Wan but just like how most parents are, they were worried and shocked at first as they did not expect me to move to another country to work. When our business started to show results and built our own fan base, we always take photos for my parents to see. They were really proud! And they always share our photos with neighbours and even shopkeepers when they go shopping. Not only that, my parents created a facebook account to engage with our facebook page! I would say they are the most loyal fans by liking and sharing every single of our posts.

4) When you form your own family in the future, would you support your children if they are interested in entering the F&b Industry? What kind of father do you envision yourself to be?

Yet to be married and have kids, however, when I have children, I would support them in the things they want to do.

5) What’s the most significant influence your father has on you? For instance, what does he frequently talk about?

He always emphasises on the importance of remembering our roots - our family and country histories. I come from the Far East Alsace, which is at the borders of France. In the history, France was taken over by Germany twice, my grandpa was fighting for France, my great grandfather was fighting for Germany and then my great great grandfather was fighting for France. In this piece of land with such a history, people in Alsace has a strong and meaningful relationship with it. I have the traits of French loving to give remarks and I also have the traits of being strict from the German.


Howard - Standing Sushi Bar/Shinkasen

Howard - Standing Sushi Bar/Shinkasen

Standing Sushi Bar/ShinKaSen

1) F&B businesses hours are crazy, how do you balance your work hours and family time?

For the first ten months with the baby, we did not have a nanny, so our time pretty much revolved around him. When we finally got him into daycare, I understood the importance of time  because I realised it was difficult to focus on work when the baby was crying. Now that I understand the value of time, I schedule my hours to focus on my different restaurants. Most people do not specially schedule their work and this often leads to working inefficiently. So now I do 30-minute bursts of highly productive work, and I find it really efficient.

2) Are your kids foodies too? Would you encourage them to go into the F&B industry?

When they are older as teenagers and they are looking for a starting job, it would be great for them to come in part time to learn how to interact with people and to accept their compliments and remarks graciously, because it builds up confidence in them. It would be a good opportunity for them to learn how to work as a team as well because members in an F&B team have to work closely in order for things to run smoothly. Later on, if he wants, he can possibly take over. But well, if we sell the restaurants by then...Then he can’t really take over. (Laughs)

3) Are you conscious about the food your kids consume? Do you allow them to eat junk food?

My son is eating relatively healthily but we feed him with all kinds of food, just not much sushi yet. People usually advise that we introduce food at different stages but that just takes up too much effort. I would say, sure go ahead if it’s safe. Seafood, chicken, wagyu, for example, are all fine.

4) What is your plan this year for Father's Day? 

I hope there's a plan! Well the plan would be to do whatever I want! It has not been easy taking care of a baby for the past 14 months, so as a Father’s Day gift, my wife has kindly decided that she would take care of our son for the day, and I get to go out have a day off parenting.


Ken - Rice and Fries

Ken - Rice and Fries

Rice And Fries

1) F&B businesses hours are crazy, how do you balance your work hours and family time?

That’s why I open my own restaurant! Being a boss means that I am able to bring my kids to work anytime I want. The best part is the privilege of being able to cook for them all the time. In fact, I cook for them so much that sometimes they request we order from other restaurants.

2) Are your kid's foodies too? Would you encourage them to go into the F&B industry?

My 8-year-old said that he wants to be a chef like me. Well, let’s see when Junior MasterChef would be having a Singapore Version. Maybe he can join then.

3) Are you conscious about the food your kids consume? Do you allow them to eat junk food?

I believe in moderation - a little bit of everything. Well the more we try to prevent them from eating something, the more they would want or crave it. So we believe in striking a balance.

4) What is your plan this year for Father’s Day?

It would be “Bring your kids to work” for me. The boys can be part time at Rice & Fries! They can help to take orders, entertain customers while I’ll be busy cooking in the kitchen. Maybe they will reward me with supper? By that it means I’ll be getting a creative sandwich decked with beef, mushroom, ham, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, pineapple and.. Maybe marshmallow!


Anant - Baja Mexican Fresh Grill

Anant - Baja Mexican Fresh Grill

Baja Mexican Fresh Grill

1) F&B businesses hours are crazy, how do you balance your work hours and family time?

I try to set aside my mornings for the kids. I will drop my daughter to school daily and I will take turns with my wife to spend time with her in the evening. As a rule, we also keep our Sunday's away from work and spend time with our children.  We have realized that spending quality time is more important than spending quantity time.

2) Are your kids foodies too? Would you encourage them to go into the F&B industry?

My daughter has shown a great liking for Mexican food. Nachos and guacamole are her favorite. It’s too early to say if she would been to take up F&B as a career. We will always encourage them in whatever career path that interests them. My younger daughter has just started teething at four months old. We are yet to see how her palette develops!

3) Are you conscious about the food your kids consume? Do you allow them to eat junk food?

We actually don't have that problem because my daughter does not like junk at all. When she goes for a birthday party she will pick up watermelon and apples and shy away from chips and cakes. However when she does fancy some junk food, we encourage her to finish her meal first and then pick on the junk food. We feel anything in moderation is healthy, otherwise kids are more keen to try the very things they are restricted from!

4) What is your plan this year for Father’s Day?

We have asked my parents to visit us in June so it will be three generations celebrating together- My kids with their daddy and grandpa, and me with my dad !


Amos - PizzaFace

Amos - PizzaFace

PizzaFace

1) F&B businesses hours are crazy, how do you balance your work hours and family time?

In addition to the restaurant, I also run a photography outlet. A routine has been established but there must always be leeway for adjustment. Since PizzaFace is a fairly new business, I spend a fair amount of time at the shop. But as it becomes more stable over time,  adjustments will have to be made to strike that very delicate balance between work and family life, fully mindful of priorities, needs and wants

2) Are your kids foodies too? Would you encourage them to go into the F&B industry?

My three-year-old is definitely a foodie! With the second kid on the way, I wouldn't impose anything on them, but continue to gauge their interests. At this point, he loves being at the pizzeria and even has his own play kitchen at home, with family and visitors as his customers.

3) Are you conscious about the food your kids consume? Do you allow them to eat junk food?

Very much so conscious of the food they eat. No junk food whatsoever. Having said that, my wife and i talked him into what we feed him and highlight nutritional values versus what may not be good for him. leading by example is certainly the best way to educate.

4) What is your plan this year for Father’s Day?

Spending time with the fathers, 'cos that's what it’s all about, isn't it?