The Spirit of In-House Competition
An Applebee’s franchisee channels its staff’s creativity with a competition designed to boost employee morale and community engagement.
When executives at The Rose Group, a restaurant franchise company in Newtown, Pennsylvania, noticed the staff at their 56 Applebee’s restaurants were using the restaurant’s ingredients to invent meals of their own during breaks, they decided to channel all that creativity toward a franchise-wide cooking competition.
The Top Apple Chef Competition, which is in its sixth year, is open to all staff in both the front and back of the house, though they see more cooks than servers competing. The first level