How to develop a gastronomic menu
6 July 2022 - Uqonic Chefs
How to develop a gastronomic menu, a five-step process:
__1. Ideation __
Developing a menu starts in the mind of the chef. They will come up with recipes and experiments with taste. Because developing dinner boxes that taste incredible at home requires a different approach than developing menus at their restaurants. Once the chefs have finalised their menus, they cook them with our chefs in our Uqonic Chefs production kitchen.
2. Menu development
The MICHELIN star chef, their team and our chef’s test and experiment as long as needed to get the taste and structure of every dish component right. Sometimes dishes need to be adjusted because pre-prepared production requires a different approach. Next, we look at sourcing the best product in collaboration with the star chefs. Often, we end up buying source ingredients from their personal suppliers, which results in the best tasting products.
Every dish is cooked through several times to perfection. Then our chefs will develop the preparation instructions together with a team of copywriters. In addition, a film crew will film the preparation and plating instructions for every dish. Pictures of the result are also made. Simultaneously we film documentary-style videos with our chefs and bring to life their vision.
The menus are tested through our production cycle. The preparation and plating instructions are finalised. Packaging is determined, safety tests are carried out, and tasting sessions are organised.
__4. Sign-off chefs __
At this stage, the production kitchen runs at full speed. Trials are carried out. The website updates are prepared, and all marketing materials are finalised. The last thing before we go live is a tasting session by the star chef. Once they sign off their menus, we are good to go.
5. Going live
We’ve improved our dinner boxes based on the feedback from the tasting sessions and the final remarks of the star chefs. A final audit is carried out, and then it’s time to launch! The website, our social media and email marketing channels are all activated as well as the personal accounts of the chefs. And then you can order your favourite menu!
UQONIC CHEFS DINNER BOXES
Uqonic Chefs tasting menus are the best way to get acquainted with the chefs’ gastronomic dinner boxes. Pick a menu from any star chef and opt for either a 5- or 3-course menu. All dishes are freshly prepared for your iconic home dining experience. The gastronomic meal delivery kits only require your finishing touch. By following the easy preparation and styling instructions you can enjoy a unique dinner at home.
Do you fancy mixing and matching your own courses à la carte, or do you prefer a special selection box? It is all up to you to decide what to order.
Uqonic Chefs offers Signature Menus that consist of courses with meat, poultry and/or fish. For vegetarians we offer plenty of delicious options, ready for you to discover.