Professional Chef Excel Recipe Templates
Chefs know the importance of a standardized recipe. It documents an established flavor profile and method of preparation so that your crew can duplicate your creations in a consistent manner. An Excel recipe template offers not only the opportunity to write a recipe for your staff, but also adds the number crunching power which Excel is known for, making it easy to calculate your costs at the same time as writing the recipe.
Below you’ll find a variety of recipe templates available for free download which are created in Excel. We also have a plate cost template. The images show examples of the templates in use. The download will be a clean recipe template with only the formatting and not all the content shown in the example. Grid lines have been turned off so the sheets look clean.
Recipe Template Set-up
The best way to use a recipe template is to set it up with all the basic info you want to appear on all your recipes, such as restaurant name, chef’s name, etc. Save it as “Recipe Template“. When you want to create a new recipe, open the “Recipe Template” file and immediately “save as” the name of your new recipe. Then add all of the content for your new recipe. This will keep your template blank and clear so it will be easy to use repeatedly. Do not open your template, add all the content for your new recipe, and simply click “save”. This will overwrite your blank template with all the content from your new recipe.
Each Excel recipe template below has a “scale” feature in the header. If a 1 times batch yields 20 servings and you need a 5 times batch for a total of 100 servings, all you need to do is put “5” in the “scale” box and your entire recipe is recalculated to make a 5 times batch. If you know how to do some Excel formulas then this is a big help for scaling your recipes. The video below gives a tutorial on how to add formulas to make your Excel recipes scalable. You may also be interested in reading how to organize recipes on your computer. A separate article has a special Excel recipe template geared towards plate costing and managing your food cost.
Below are several versions of Excel recipe templates which are available for free download.
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