“Recipe: a set of instructions for making food” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary. In order to operate efficiently, restaurants must follow recipes. It is how accurately they follow these recipes that can make or break them. It is not uncommon for a restaurant’s signature dish to have multiple versions due to each chef putting their own twist on the dish. The importance of having an actual detailed list of standardized recipes for cooks to follow is tangible for 2 reasons:
1) Customers enjoy consistency. Customers find comfort in familiarity, knowing they can dine at your restaurant and expect the same great dish time and time again. This type of consistency will help your restaurant retain a loyal customer base.
2) Using the exact same recipe each time a meal is prepared accurately determines food cost. When all of your chefs prepare like dishes, you know exactly how much each dish is costing you to make.
A standardized recipe should be as detailed as possible, including the recipe name, ingredients and their exact quantities, preparation and cooking methods and times, and plate presentation.
Fortunately, QSROnline excels in controlling food cost in restaurants. Our advanced, web-based system includes a recipe editor that allows you to detail each one of your restaurant’s recipes for cooks to follow, which assists in measuring your ideal food cost. In addition to proper dish preparation, the QSROnline recipe editor details how much each meal is costing you to make. Because QSROnline imports your food vendor invoices into our system, vendor price changes are automatically populated into the system. This allows us to provide you with the most up-to-date, detailed information about the price of each item you purchase. Then, according to its labeled unit of measure, our system breaks down the quantity of each item required for individual recipes. Thus, you know exactly how much each menu item is costing you to prepare, down to the last penny, so that you can price your plates for profit.
For more information on the QSROnline automated food cost system and recipe editor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office at 877-334-6640.