Meet The Instructors

Nandu Awatramani

Financial Module

Douglas Riccardi

Brand Development

Mark Moeller

Menu Development

Ava Diamond

Wellness in Hospitality

Nandu Awatramani is a growth coach and business advisor to ambitious restaurant owners and leaders who want to accelerate growth and increase revenues. He’s adapted and simplified NPS®, Top Grading®, Rockefeller Habits, and other business methodologies for the restaurant industry, creating his signature approach to sustainable, profitable, and consistent growth.

Nandu grew up in an entrepreneurial family with exposure to businesses ranging from hotels, liquor distribution, and food product manufacturing. He received his B.Sc. in International Hospitality Management & Tourism from Les Roches, Switzerland, one of the world’s leading hospitality schools.

His professional experience includes working in the kitchen at the Taj President Hotel (Mumbai, India), fine dining front-of-the-house at Restaurant Du Parc Des Eaux Vives (Geneva, Switzerland), and Asst. F&B Director at Hotel Le Pavillon (New Orleans, USA).

Nandu returned to Mumbai to start India’s first Italian casual dine-in restaurants and delivery across three states, eventually expanding into different QSR formats. After creating breakthrough results for his own business using proven business methods, Nandu sold his company in 2016. He now coaches and advises his clients and members of his online private membership site.

He enjoys being a potter, painting, playing the flute, and enjoying a good bourbon while listening to Jazz. He lives in New York City with his lovely wife and son.

Segment: Financial Module

  • How to create a simple financial plan
  • How to bring your financial plan to life
  • How to overcome your fear of numbers
  • Creating your business’s specific targets and metrics
  • How to look at your numbers and use them to make better decisions
  • How to create good financial habits from the get-go.

 

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With over 25 years of experience working in New York and Europe, Douglas brings a wealth of experience to clients in the restaurant and hospitality industry. His firm, MEMO, is a Manhattan-based agency specializing in branding for entrepreneurs working on restaurant startups, food halls, and brands looking to expand. Memo helps visionaries in the culinary world express their mission, fuel connections with their customers, and set the stage for growth. In his spare time, Douglas is an avid cyclist and choral singer — he recently sang Handel’s Messiah (with the Oratorio Society of NY) in Kyoto, Japan, and is looking forward to being a bicycle escort to elite wheelchair athletes in this year’s NY City Marathon.

Segment: Brand Development – www.memo-ny.com

3 key topics to be covered:

  • How to create a unique brand story to build community
  • How branding can build value for your endeavor
  • How branding can enhance every moment of the customer journey

 

Please visit Memo-NY

Mark Moeller is a restaurant consultant, operations expert and turnaround specialist with deep expertise in the restaurant industry. Mark's hands-on approach and innovative thinking have helped dozens of restaurateurs survive and thrive throughout the pandemic.

Prior to starting The Recipe of Success, Mark worked with independent and chain restaurants and in corporations focused on all aspects of foodservice, from supply chain management to franchising. His resume covers the fast food, fast-casual and full-service segments of the industry, giving him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the marketplace. Mark has worked with independent restaurants of all kinds, as well as chains including Roy Rogers, Cosi, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Caldor (franchise Nathan's Famous and Sbarro) and the hotel industry

Segment: Menu Development

  • Menu development and innovation,
  • Operations,
  • Restaurant openings,
  • Concept design,
  • Concept growth/expansion,
  • Franchising,
  • Cost control,
  • Training,
  • Procurement,
  • Digital/technology systems,
  • Distribution,
  • Covid-19 protocol compliance, management.

 

Please visit The Recipe of Success

The fast-paced, high-pressured nature of the hospitality industry burns people out faster than the heat in the kitchen. In a profession that relies on your creativity, problem-solving abilities, memory, and energy,  self-care is central to your thrive-ability.  Brain & Body Optimization strategies are where wellness and performance intersect. In this session, you will discover the why and how to reduce the impact of chronic stress and stay in your game long and strong! Ava Diamond, LCSW, Pro Athlete, Coach, Author, Speaker has compiled decades of research and practice into an Optimization program used by Yale University, our US Military, and high-pressured people around the Globe. Ava has clients on every continent and is the wellness/performance coach for some of the top law firms in the World.

Segment: Wellness in Hospitality: The Winning Recipe for Thriving in Hospitality

  • Mindset: practical mind-mastering strategies that you can do in under 2 minutes that reduce anxiety, improve brain chemistry, keep your whole body healthier.
  • Restoration: quality sleep-enhancing, relaxation activities that you can do to restore brain balance and reduce chronic stress.
  • Movement: muscle: mind messaging activities that you can use to unwind OR re-energize as needed.
  • Nutritional Psychology: foods, patterns of eating, hydration to keep you thriving.

 

Please visit Ava Diamond Mental Fitness

Nandu Awatramani

Financial Module

Nandu Awatramani is a growth coach and business advisor to ambitious restaurant owners and leaders who want to accelerate growth and increase revenues. He’s adapted and simplified NPS®, Top Grading®, Rockefeller Habits, and other business methodologies for the restaurant industry, creating his signature approach to sustainable, profitable, and consistent growth.

Nandu grew up in an entrepreneurial family with exposure to businesses ranging from hotels, liquor distribution, and food product manufacturing. He received his B.Sc. in International Hospitality Management & Tourism from Les Roches, Switzerland, one of the world’s leading hospitality schools.

His professional experience includes working in the kitchen at the Taj President Hotel (Mumbai, India), fine dining front-of-the-house at Restaurant Du Parc Des Eaux Vives (Geneva, Switzerland), and Asst. F&B Director at Hotel Le Pavillon (New Orleans, USA).

Nandu returned to Mumbai to start India’s first Italian casual dine-in restaurants and delivery across three states, eventually expanding into different QSR formats. After creating breakthrough results for his own business using proven business methods, Nandu sold his company in 2016. He now coaches and advises his clients and members of his online private membership site.

He enjoys being a potter, painting, playing the flute, and enjoying a good bourbon while listening to Jazz. He lives in New York City with his lovely wife and son.

Segment: Financial Module

  • How to create a simple financial plan
  • How to bring your financial plan to life
  • How to overcome your fear of numbers
  • Creating your business’s specific targets and metrics
  • How to look at your numbers and use them to make better decisions
  • How to create good financial habits from the get-go.

Please visit F&B Business School

Douglas Riccardi

Brand Development

With over 25 years of experience working in New York and Europe, Douglas brings a wealth of experience to clients in the restaurant and hospitality industry. His firm, MEMO, is a Manhattan-based agency specializing in branding for entrepreneurs working on restaurant startups, food halls, and brands looking to expand. Memo helps visionaries in the culinary world express their mission, fuel connections with their customers, and set the stage for growth. In his spare time, Douglas is an avid cyclist and choral singer — he recently sang Handel’s Messiah (with the Oratorio Society of NY) in Kyoto, Japan, and is looking forward to being a bicycle escort to elite wheelchair athletes in this year’s NY City Marathon.

Segment: Brand Development

3 key topics to be covered:

  • How to create a unique brand story to build community
  • How branding can build value for your endeavor
  • How branding can enhance every moment of the customer journey

Please visit Memo-NY

Mark Moeller

Menu Development

Mark Moeller is a restaurant consultant, operations expert and turnaround specialist with deep expertise in the restaurant industry. Mark’s hands-on approach and innovative thinking have helped dozens of restaurateurs survive and thrive throughout the pandemic.

Prior to starting The Recipe of Success, Mark worked with independent and chain restaurants and in corporations focused on all aspects of foodservice, from supply chain management to franchising. His resume covers the fast food, fast-casual and full-service segments of the industry, giving him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the marketplace. Mark has worked with independent restaurants of all kinds, as well as chains including Roy Rogers, Cosi, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Caldor (franchise Nathan’s Famous and Sbarro) and the hotel industry

Segment: Menu Development

  • Menu development and innovation,
  • Operations,
  • Restaurant openings,
  • Concept design,
  • Concept growth/expansion,
  • Franchising,
  • Cost control,
  • Training,
  • Procurement,
  • Digital/technology systems,
  • Distribution,
  • Covid-19 protocol compliance, management.

Please visit The Recipe of Success

Ava Diamond

Wellness in Hospitality

The fast-paced, high-pressured nature of the hospitality industry burns people out faster than the heat in the kitchen. In a profession that relies on your creativity, problem-solving abilities, memory, and energy,  self-care is central to your thrive-ability.  Brain & Body Optimization strategies are where wellness and performance intersect. In this session, you will discover the why and how to reduce the impact of chronic stress and stay in your game long and strong! Ava Diamond, LCSW, Pro Athlete, Coach, Author, Speaker has compiled decades of research and practice into an Optimization program used by Yale University, our US Military, and high-pressured people around the Globe. Ava has clients on every continent and is the wellness/performance coach for some of the top law firms in the World.

Segment: Wellness in Hospitality: The Winning Recipe for Thriving in Hospitality

  • Mindset: practical mind-mastering strategies that you can do in under 2 minutes that reduce anxiety, improve brain chemistry, keep your whole body healthier.
  • Restoration: quality sleep-enhancing, relaxation activities that you can do to restore brain balance and reduce chronic stress.
  • Movement: muscle: mind messaging activities that you can use to unwind OR re-energize as needed.
  • Nutritional Psychology: foods, patterns of eating, hydration to keep you thriving.

Please visit Ava Diamond Mental Fitness

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