To Give or Not to Give

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by ellesmall, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. ellesmall


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    I am in the beginning stages of building my food business. Every time I post photos of my food or offer it for tasting, people immediately ask for the recipe. I have two problems. One; I don't cook by recipe. (If I had patience for recipes I would be a pastry chef). It's not often that I desire to re-create my dishes for the purpose of documenting measurements. Two; how does one establish oneself by giving the away the farm, so to speak?
  2. kimmit


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    a dilemma indeed.  It made me think of an elderly friend of my mothers who was an amazing cook.  She would gladly give the recipes out, but always left out an ingredient!! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lol.gif   

    Good luck with your business...let us know how it goes. 
  3. pete

    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    I have always been one that believes that if a customer wants a recipe, I'll gladly provide it to them, but then again I have spent most of my life in restaurant kitchens and not a private chef so I guess I can see why you would hesitate, but I don't think you have to worry, giving out a few recipes won't destroy your business.  Just make sure that you aren't giving away your recipes to the same people.  I think it is perfectly acceptable to ask a chef for a recipe or 2, but beyond that I would start to question their motives.

    Beyond that though, I think you need to reconsider your use of (or lack thereof) recipes.  It is fine to cook "by feel" at home but when food is your business you want to be able to provide a consistent product.  If one of your clients really loves your goat cheese stuffed chicken breast you need to be able to reproduce it exactly to keep them coming back.  Without that consistency it will be hard to gain the trust of clients.
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