How To Do Food Costing for your kitchen staff?
You know why food costing is important:
- It’s the best way to manage profits
- Food costing protects your inventory against over plating, theft, spoilage and waste
- Actual vs. theoretical. You know it in your head but what are the real numbers
- Keeps on top of your vendors, watches their pricing
- Accurately prices your recipes to reflect any price creep
You already know the answer to that if you’re looking at food costing software. It gives you a handle on what you spend and what you should be spending.
The real question is why is it important for your kitchen staff to understand the principles behind food costing? Yes, I’m sure your chef understands the concept but unless you are the chef/owner and you watch every ingredient with an eagle eye…
Kitchen staff are proud of the plated food they produce.
They want it to impress the customer.
And sometimes, in an effort to please, they over plate.
If your chef is proud of what s/he’s sending out of the kitchen in an effort to make the plate look bountiful they may add a bit here and there. They’re thinking it’s not a real issue. But you know that over time EVERY LITTLE BIT adds up to MORE MONEY SPENT.
So how do you make your chef understand the implications?
With food costing software the answer is right in front of them:
Here is our original serving recipe. The Actual and Target food costs align beautifully at about 33% and your sales price at $22 for salmon and sides is reasonable for your area: