The biggest challenge facing restaurant operators today is a lack of human resources. They’re striving to create high quality, consistent food while working with smaller kitchen staffs and reduced SKUs. “They’re so stretched already, but still need to offer quality menus,” says Thomas Heitz, Corporate Chef with Kraft Heinz Canada. “Strategic use of speed scratch and ready-to-use products offer smart solutions for today’s chefs, helping reduce labour, increase speed of service and free up time for other areas of recipe development.”
The marriage of convenience and housemade, speed scratch relies on a ready-made product, then embellishes it with one or two ingredients to signaturize the flavour experience. “When the right combination is found, this offers a true competitive advantage,” says Heitz. The key is using a quality base, then bringing in trend-forward flavours.
The Kraft Heinz portfolio of condiments, sauces and dressings offers a pantry full of possibility. Here are three ideas to inspire creativity while alleviating the need for scratch-made:
Now more than ever, chefs value turnkey solutions, looking to ingredients and products that bring big impact to menus with little back-of-house prep. And diners? Many of them are hankering for fun, comforting fare. KD Mac & Cheese Frozen Bites deliver on both counts. Snackable, poppable and craveable, they are quick to prepare—simply deep fry from frozen for crispy, golden nuggets of mac and cheese goodness. “They give your grown-up guests that taste of nostalgia and comfort,” says Heitz. He offers a few quick moves to make them your own: