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How much to charge chef for menu design?

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Hi everyone,

 

I'd like to know approximately how long it would take a chef to design each main dish on a menu, including a written instruction manual on how to cook it and guessing approximate ingredient amounts rather than testing in a kitchen. 

 

And what is the average a chef with 10 years experience would charge an hour per consultation?

 

Many thanks,

 

Peter

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Me   $Florida   $50.00 per hour plus travel  (40 years varied experience)

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Depends a lot on the type of menu. I've quoted some quick service restaurants 10 hours to write recipe spreadsheets with make instructions, inventory spreadsheets, ideal cost spreadsheets and prep lists. They wanted small manageable menus and didn't require a lot of sub-recipes. The same project for an oversized menu at a full service restaurant might be 80 hours of work. I estimate my time based on how many total recipes I have to write, allowing for 30 minutes for the ingredients and recipe procedure, 15 minutes to add ingredients to inventory and ideal cost spreadsheets and link them all together, and 15 minutes to organize the items on the prep list and proofread all of them. For quick service restaurants, I'll usually estimate less time per recipe.

 

Any research necessary or market testing is extra.

 

I charge $75 per hour for consulting services.

Brandon O'Dell

 

Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service

www.friendthatcooks.com

O'Dell Restaurant Consulting

www.bodellconsulting.com

 

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Brandon O'Dell

 

Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service

www.friendthatcooks.com

O'Dell Restaurant Consulting

www.bodellconsulting.com

 

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