"I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position we have a kudos board and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition in me as well."
The interviewer would like to know how you are best motivated during the most stressful periods of your day. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are motivated on the job, especially during peak stress times.
"Your restaurant mission of excellent quality and service definitely resonates with me. Also, your loyalty to purchasing local ingredients really jumps out to me. It is probably why you are the longest standing business of all your competitors. I also love that you are working to make your kitchen green by recycling, composting, and minimizing energy costs."
Hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort to conduct research on the opportunity. You don't need to be an expert, but you do need to be knowledgeable on the restaurant before your interview.
Start by searching the restaurant's website and social media accounts. Then, take special note of any recent news articles, events or contributions they have made to the community. Identify their mission and values so that you can be clear on what they stand for.