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It doesn’t always have to be more. Guests often prefer the simple, cheaper dish, as this example shows.

Menu planning also has an impact on specific dishes. As the example of “crab salad” and the “trio of crab” shows, more complicated recipes are not necessarily more popular. One was a simple salad which had 8 ingredients, 4 cooking processes and took up chef time for 20 minutes. The other was a trio of crab which required 23 ingredients, 10 different cooking processes and took up 55 minutes of chef time. Reviewing all parts of the menu, including how each dish is assembled and prepared, is critical to getting the most out of your menu.


Interestingly, the crab salad tasted the best, although it is much easier to prepare and requires less staff hours. In addition, the purchase price of the ingredients is lower, which means that the margin is higher. In addition, there is less waste because fewer ingredients have to be used.

Crab Salad

  • 1 dish
  • 8 ingredients
  • 4 cooking processes
  • 20 mins chef time

Trio of Crab

  • 1 dish
  • 23 ingredients
  • 10 cooking processes
  • 55 mins chef time

*Source: WRAP (2016). Taking action on waste – Resources for hospitality and food service chefs and support staff