10 Examples of Recipe Databases

Discover 10 inspiring examples of databases to learn how to optimize your profitability and efficiency in the kitchen.

Published on 08/07/2021Sébastien Vassaux

Are you looking to optimize your recipe databases? Perfect! You've come to the right place! Melba is the specialist in online recipe databases.

What is a recipe database?

A  recipe database  commonly designates the document that will bring together all the knowledge relating to a cooking recipe.

Principal data of recipe
  1. Identification elements : name or wording (we can distinguish a technical version used internally or a commercial / marketing version used with customers), identification code, category or family, date of creation, etc.
  2. Visuals : images or videos.
  3. Nutritional and allergenic information: it is used in particular on the INCO label, in the table of allergens or any other useful document.
  4. Food indicators: the  SENS system ,  nutriscore , Nutri-Repère,  Traffic-light labeling , etc. are all indicators that can synthesize nutritional intakes
  5. Composition: the list of ingredients and sub-recipes that make up the recipe, with their quantity and their unit if applicable. The quantities are to be related in the case of a finished dish with the number of portions or place settings.
  6. Progress or production stages: the list of actions to be taken to achieve the recipe, sometimes with the adequate time or the total preparation time. We can distinguish in particular the stages of preparation, constitution, reservation, cooking, finishing and packaging.
  7. Financial indicators: the advantage of data structuring, in addition to its easy maintenance, lies in the ability to assess the costs associated with prices resulting in a margin.
  8. Other data (metadata): other less structuring and more personalized data can be added such as labels, various notes, statuses, a logo.
  9. Consumables: consumable non-food items that will be consumed as part of the preparation. Example: packaging, baking paper, etc.
  10. Materials used: the material is not consumed but reused from one preparation to another. It is an investment and not a burden.
Forms of the recipe data

We can distinguish :

  1. The raw database
  2. The production database: it corresponds to the technical database factored by a quantity relating to a production need. Example: the technical database sets proportions to serve 10 people while the production requirement for the day corresponds to 135 place settings. We often remove unnecessary information in production such as financial indicators.
  3. The commissary vouchers: it corresponds to the list of ingredients that should be taken out of the reserves / the commissary to meet the need for the production voucher.
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1. The dynamic profile of the hotel and catering industry

The media Hotel catering provides its visitors with fairly entertaining recipe databases. They have a system of linking ingredients and sub-recipes with their stages, with the possibility of adjusting the number of portions dynamically. The ingredient table looks like a categorized release slip. However, they are difficult to reproduce and the reading is not easy.

➡️  Discover the recipe database

2. The Wikicréa Excel template

Wikicréa is a site that offers content to create a business. As such, this article presents an Excel template that can be configured and easily printed in pdf

➡️  Download the simple and dynamic template.

3. The simplified Blog Restau model

Blog Restau presents a simple paper model that reflects the most standard. It's a first step in learning to structure your information but the model is not dynamic.

➡️  Download the technical sheet.

4. A software design debate on developp.net

Want to go further in the study of recipe databases? Some are discussing it on the developp.net forum.

The discussion is oriented around the design of an interface dedicated to the management of recipe databases. The debate notably addresses the  prioritization of information , an interesting UX concept in the design phase.

➡️  Check out the thread.

5. The multiple recipe databases offered by the National Academy of Cooking

The site of the national cooking academy has the advantage of presenting multiple recipe databases, not just recipes. It references technical sheets in Excel format, in particular for

  • The audit: storage, cooling, hygiene plan, signature dishes, thawing, deconditioning, decanting, bacteriological analyzes, slicing, hot and cold preparations
  • Self-assessment
  • Technical procedures: personnel, cleaning, organization chart, etc.
  • Temperature control: positive and negative cold rooms
  • Miscellaneous: HACCP, method order, sanitary control plan
  • And technical recipe databases 🙂

6. Oaformation to train you in management

In addition to an educational explanation of the interest of the recipe databases, the Oaformation site centralizes a set of tips for the good management of a business.

➡️  Find out more here

7. A cocktail recipe database?

The database is relevant in many areas and this applies to making cocktails too.

The Strasbourg Academy recommends that mixologists be just as attentive to good management as they do to restaurateurs, and offers a ready-to-use model.

➡️  Discover the cocktail recipe

8. Do you speak  “recipe spreadsheet”  ?

If you are comfortable with English, you will find many other examples of recipe databases by browsing what is done in the English-speaking world. Type recipe spreadsheet  in  Google  and let yourself be guided.

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9. The origins of Melba

Before becoming a modern and scalable web tool, providing all the benefits mentioned in the various pages of our site, Melba was reduced to an Excel file comprising multiple macros to automate a set of tasks.

As long as you activate the macros and have a setting compatible with the version of the file, you can discover the beginnings of our adventure here below.

➡️ Download the Excel file of the beginnings of Melba

10. Say STOP to Excel data sheets

We will not lie to each other, the technical sheets in Excel are often tedious and quite unreliable.

Imagine being able to create your database 10x faster, while fully controlling production costs (including non-food) and optimizing your purchases in order to increase your profitability.

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Dynamic recipe data sheets
Benefit from automatic cost calculations and a link to orders and inventories
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