Managing your food cost is closely tied to controlling your food inventory. It starts with purchasing products which are within your budget (no foie gras at Denny’s!) and then keeping control of every aspect of that financial asset (food is an asset as far as your budget is concerned) from storage to prep to tracking yield and waste to portion size and out the door.

And if you have product left then there is the whole inventory process. Just because you have it and put it on an inventory sheet doesn’t mean that you are getting proper credit for that food item. Knowing how to take inventory properly and how to verify that you have actually received proper credit for your inventory requires a lot of skill…but it is a skill which is well worth the effort it takes to learn because at the end of the day it is your name on the bottom of the balance sheet next to “food cost %.”

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