The website KlickKitchen, launched over a year ago, allows chefs to source food products for their restaurant or commercial kitchen exclusively through the web. Vendors upload their food products and restaurants log in and order what they need from the website’s catalog of foodstuffs. The site is the creation of Jordan Glaser, formerly of the Institute for Culinary Education. KlickKitchen contends that it saves chefs valuable time because the ordering process is streamlined and saves them money through reduced errors.
Overall, food service industry media has been very friendly to KlickKitchen, giving it positive reviews and repeating the company’s mantra: that their service will save chefs out there time and money. But what do actual executive chefs in the real world think? Surprisingly, there’s not much out there when it comes to talking about the KlickKitchen concept. There was a spate of comments in forums that were started by people associated with the website last year, when it first launched. Since then, there hasn’t been much, save for a QSR magazine reference in this month’s issue, which again repeated the mantra: this site will save you money and time.
After $300 in setup fees and a $30/month membership fee afterwards, it seems like KlickKitchen had better be very effective at making your current method of ordering from food vendors more efficient. Some have pointed out that they already order online from their food vendors. Mostly, however, the food service industry seems pretty quiet about this website.
So what do you think? Do you struggle with ordering errors and time spent trying to maintain your inventory? Or do you find a third-party vendor like KlickKitchen to be just another middle man between you and your vendor? Weigh in with your thoughts below!