Day 41: Gambling

Of all the new roles you take on in food perhaps the most insidious is that of the gambler. The game is bulk-ordering fresh ingredients and you get to play every week.

Order too much and take a hit on waste, too little you close early and miss out on sales. This becomes less of a problem moving up to 3/4/5 days per week, but only trading on the weekends? Fresh don’t carry.

The only real way forward is learning from experience, recording useful data as you go. Your mentors (and the weatherman) can help you up to a point, but when the time comes it’s simple – roll the dice.

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