Kitchen Intelligence for Food Preparation Automation
A significant area for growth where automation can shine is with kitchen management, specifically in the cooking process. Data-driven cooking is a cost control method that looks at historical purchasing data. It factors in sales patterns of individual stores down to the hour, holidays, weather and more.
That information is never stored in one place, so the intelligent component is the algorithm behind collection of POS, ERP and other systems of record to inform cook staff. The cooking process is now entirely guided by the data, and not tribal knowledge or guesswork. Kitchen intelligence should focus on the necessities of delivering what is promised to the customer – food that is consistent, fresh and prompt.
Important questions to ask when exploring kitchen intelligence solutions may include:
Does it tell the kitchen staff what to cook, when, and how much? Does it provide guided/teaching steps along the way? (Example: “Time to flip!”). Does it hold staff accountable to waste? Does it learn and adapt as the business changes?