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Collaborative management of recipes and data sheets

From the idea to the project

Former engineer in urban engineering, graduate HEC Grande Ecole and SciencesPo Economic Law, Sébastien Vassaux also holds a CAP Pastry at the School of Bakery and Pastry of Paris. In 2014, while working on the opening of a bakery chain in Brazil, there are immediately the problems of calculating profitability, establishing data sheets and questions that go with: how to have graphs, compare products against each other, determine products at a loss, etc.

To meet this need the vast majority of the profession uses the little finger of the leader oriented in the direction of the wind … or Excel. Some Recipe costing software exist but are clearly not widespread and are, for the most part, archaic (think Windows software, no multi-user management or multi-site, depend on the cash, complicated to use, etc.). Doing your management control on Excel is a real ordeal and becomes completely impossible as soon as you want to enter a management of data sheets / sub-sheets (otherwise known as recipes or nomenclatures) with automated calculations of ratios via supplies. The remaining software is ERP (Cegid, Navision, Odoo …) but completely over-sized for a restaurant or even a chain of small to medium sized restaurants.

Web version management software, modern and practical can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Sebastien also starts from another observation: there are many websites of recipes but not frequented nor usable by professionals because they do not take into account the problems of management and manufacturing. Why not invent the “Marmiton des pros”: a recipe management software in collaborative mode, management oriented. This is what differentiates itself from the two remaining competing software. The Food project is launched.

Collaborative public and collaborative enterprise

Food can be used as a single user or in a network: school, company, workgroup, etc. A user can subscribe to several networks and thus:

  • access recipes edited by these networks (after validation from them), benefit from updates of recipes and ingredients with each modification,
  • benefit from additional rights to manage other resources (stock of ingredients, schedules, orders, etc.);
  • gain recognition in the public exchange of restaurant owners;
  • facilitate data entry into other modules (cost, etc.).

Ingredient and recipe management

On Food, everyone can compose their recipes with their own products (ingredients or other recipes) pooled on the platform. Just click on an existing ingredient or recipe to add it to your recipe portfolio and use it. When a data sheet is imported, it can be used as is or copied, versioned and made private. This allows you to start and test the application without having to spend hours configuring it.