Cooking Out – Getting The Fun of Pleasure Cooking and Going Out At The Same Time
May 22, 2009 in Food & Hospitality
Isn’t the main reason why you go to the restaurant to break routine and to eat better food? On the other hand, it’s always fun to cook at home because it’s gratifying to eat and appreciate the food you make.
My idea it to create a concept which would conciliate both.
My thought is to have a restaurant where there would be a large kitchen, and clients would come to cook by themselves. They would be able to choose from a range of dishes (just as in a normal restaurant), and would be handed the recipe, ingredients and utensils accordingly. A Chef would be responsible of giving them tips and making the machines (such as ovens) work. They would then take off the kitchen uniforms they were previously wearing and enter the dining room where they would enjoy the food they have made.
The advantages from the client’s side are numerous: you don’t have to buy the ingredients or clean the kitchen, you are given proffessional instruments, you get exclusive help from a Chef, and you learn new recipes.
On the manager’s side, having the customers cook and serve by themselves means having a reduced number of employees in service and kitchen. This is an important aspect, as the payroll is often the most expensive aspect of a restaurant.
Nevertheless, a limitation would be that only a small number of guests can be hosted, making the kitchen otherwise too crowded and reducing the availability of the Chef to the clients.
Let me know where you think this concept would work, as well as the market it would attract. Also, do you think it should be an exclusive and expensive concept, or do you think it should be cheap because after all, you are still the one working!?