Standardized Recipes

One crucial tool used in the foodservice industry is the standardized recipe. Using your research and interview with a chef or cook, you will create a standardized recipe and share what you have learned with your class.

My Journal

If you completed the journal entry from page 217, refer to it to see what recipes you have used in the past. Add any additional notes about other recipes you think might be interesting to try.

English Language Arts

NCTE 4 Use written language to communicate effectively. NCTE 7 Conduct research and gather, evaluate, and synthesize data to communicate discoveries.

Project Assignment

In this project, you will:

• Research standardized recipes and come up with an idea for your own.

• Identify and interview a chef or cook who is familiar with standardized recipes.

• Create your own standardized recipe from scratch, including details on the setup, equipment, and cost measures that affect your recipe.

• Present your recipe to your class to share what you have learned.

Applied Culinary Skills Behind the Project

Your success in culinary arts will depend on your skills. Skills you will use in this project include:

>■ Identifying the different parts of a recipe. >■ Distinguishing between a formula and a recipe. >■ Understanding how standardized recipes help maintain product consistency.

>■ Knowing the different parts of a standardized recipe, including how to use ingredients, procedures, cooking instructions, setup, and equipment. >■ Determining how to develop a standardized recipe.

English Language Arts Skills Behind the Project

The English Language Arts skills you will use for this project are writing, interviewing, and speaking skills. Remember these key concepts:

Writing Skills

>■ Use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. >■ Organize your questions in the order you want to ask them. >■ Write in the format appropriate for the assignment.

Interviewing Skills

>■ During the interview, record responses and/or take notes. >■ Listen actively and attentively.

>■ Ask additional questions to gain a better understanding. Speaking Skills

>■ Speak clearly, slowly, and concisely.

>■ Adapt and modify language to suit different purposes.

>■ Speak in an organized manner that clearly communicates your points.

Research Standardized Recipes

Research standardized recipes and their importance and structure. Write a summary of your research to:

• Understand why standardized recipes are important in the foodservice industry.

• Explain how standardized recipes help to control the quantity, quality, and portion size of the food.

• Determine how standardized recipes can prevent waste and decrease errors.

• List the parts of a standardized recipe.

• Identify facts you need to know before creating a standardized recipe, including setup, necessary equipment, and ingredients.

Plan Your Interview

Use the results of your research to write a list of questions to ask a chef or cook. Your questions may include:

• How can standardized recipes prevent excess waste and decrease errors in the kitchen?

• How do standardized recipes help you control quantity, quality, and portion size?

• What factors do you need to consider before creating a standardized recipe?

• How do you create a standardized recipe?

• What determines how you adjust standardized recipes?

Connect with Your Community

Identify a person in your community who is a chef or a cook at a restaurant, hotel, or cafeteria. Conduct your interview using the questions you prepared in Step 2. Take notes during the interview, and write a summary of the interview.

Culinary Project Checklist


✓ Research standardized recipes, and summarize your findings.

✓ Plan an interview with a chef or cook.

✓ Interview a chef or cook, and write a summary about your interview.

✓ Create a standardized recipe, including details on setup, equipment, and ingredients.


✓ Make a presentation to your class to share your standardized recipe and discuss the results of your research and interview.

✓ Invite students to ask any questions they may have. Answer these questions.

✓ When students ask you questions, demonstrate in your answers that you respect their perspectives.

✓ Turn in the summary of your research, your interview questions, the interview summary, and your standardized recipe to your teacher.

Create Your Standardized Recipe

Use the Culinary Project Checklist to plan and create your standardized recipe. Share what you have learned with your classmates.

Evaluate Your Culinary and Academic Skills

Your project will be evaluated based on:

• Extent of your research on standardized recipes.

• Depth of interview questions.

• Content, detail, and correctness of your standardized recipe.

• Speaking and listening skills.

KU Rubric Go to this book's Online Learning Center at for a rubric you can use to evaluate your final project.



Expert Advice Go to this book's Online Learning Center at to read an article by a culinary expert from Johnson & Wales University about the economic and food safety aspects of a standardized recipe.



Rubrics For Preparing Appetizer




Cooking Techniques


Seasonings and Flavorings


Breakfast Cookery


Garde Manger Basics


Sandwiches and Appetizers


Stocks, Sauces, and Soups


Fish and Shellfish


Poultry Cookery


Meat Cookery


Pasta and Grains


Fruits, Vegetables,

and Legumes


Culinary workers must prepare a variety of foods. What types of foods have you prepared?

Local and Seasonal Foods

After completing this unit, you will know how to identify and cook a variety of foods. In your unit thematic project you will find foods from your local area. Then you will create a visual presentation on how to prepare them and prepare a dish using them.

^r My Journal

Write a journal entry about the different types of foods you have made.

• What ingredients have you used?



"Culinary school allowed me to experience a tremendous amount of new foods and spices, and even tickled taste buds I never knew I had."

Zena Harrison Assistant Food and Beverage Director/Catering Chef Compass Group


15.1 How Cooking Alters


15.2 Dry Cooking

Cause-and-Effect Paragraph

Cause-and-effect paragraphs explain the reasons for something, or the results of something. Write a cause-and-effect paragraph about how an egg changes when it is cooked.

Writing Tips

^^ Use focusing sentences to help readers anticipate organization.

^^ Use conjunctions such as "as a resu lt,""d ue to," or "beca use."

^^ End with a concluding sentence.

EXPLORE THE PHOTO Different cooking methods affect the flavor, texture, appearance, and nutritional content of food. How many different cooking techniques can you name?

Use different cooking techniques for different foods.


Continue reading here: How Cooking Alters Food

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    What are the important techniques for recipe standardization?
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    How can standardized recipes prevent excess waste and decrease errors in the kitchen?
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