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Online Business Tools for Chefs Launched

Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Chef Network, has launched the first in a series of online business tools, the Chef Action Plan, designed to help chefs become more commercially efficient without compromising on food quality.

The suite of tools was launched at Catex, Ireland’s largest foodservice and hospitality show, at the RDS, Dublin. The Chef Action Plan was created by input from chefs across Ireland and is a practical guide in the areas of purchasing, controlling food costs, managing employees and eliminating waste.

The plan features downloadable business tools to help chefs streamline their operations, freeing up resources for investment in the business leading to benefits such as the ability to source the best local and seasonal ingredients, providing additional training and professional development, hiring an extra member of the team, or purchasing the latest must-have equipment.

The four step Action Plan will be shared online over the coming months, demonstrating how to achieve savings in the kitchen through smart purchasing, effective control of food costs, management of labour, and waste reduction.

The series has been produced with input from chefs across Ireland, including Tom Flavin, The Limerick Strand Hotel; Domini Kemp, ITSA; Carmel McGirr, MacNean Restaurant; and Niall McKenna of James St and Co.

Speaking at the announcement, Tracey Coughlan, Food Strategy and Programmes Manager, Fáilte Ireland, said: “This four step How to Achieve Efficiency - Chef Business Toolkit has been developed to do just that. By providing practical advice, top tips and a suite of downloadable business tools the new Chef Action Plan will help chefs raise profit margins without compromising on food quality.

“The guide will be released on www.chefnetworks.ie in stages over the next four months, beginning with today’s release of Purchase Smarter followed by the next three stages, Control Food Costs in March, Manage Labour in April and Eliminate Waste in May.”

Ruth Hegarty, Head of Community, Chef Network, said: “Chefs require such a broad skillset as they progress through their careers and understanding how to run a business efficiently is essential. Chef Network emphasises peer-learning, chefs sharing their expertise and skills with other chefs, so we are delighted that Fáilte Ireland commissioned Chef Network to deliver this business efficiency series which harnesses the knowledge of experienced industry chefs.”

Niall Hill of Niall Hill Foods, who created the action plans and business tools for the online Chef Action Plan, added: “This practical toolkit equips chefs with the know how to protect margins without compromising on quality of offering. It is not about buying cheap, it’s about buying smart and improving how you do things. If your business is successful and profitable, you can invest back into it.”

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