New platform launched to help chefs find kitchens to work in
A new platform called Syzl launched in Toronto this week aims to match restaurants and commercial kitchens with chefs and cooks who need space on a short-term reservation basis.
Described Airbnb for cooking, Syzl helps chefs or food entrepreneurs find short-term, certified and licensed cooking on demand, while providing kitchen operators with new income opportunities.
The ultimate goal is to help solve the need for on-demand, short-term, certified and licensed kitchens for chefs or food entrepreneurs, as well as the need to compensate for lost revenue and empty stations by operators kitchens or restaurants when their facilities are not in use.
Supported by Restaurants Canada, it is launching in the Greater Toronto Area with 35 kitchens and 400 food makers ready to reserve immediately. Expansion is already planned for Calgary and Montreal later this year.
All necessary licenses and insurance are included in the offer, so that the cooks who use the kitchens can sell their products to the public.
The first wave of kitchens in Toronto include the Ahma and Evelyn Chick bar in the Liberty Village neighborhood, Vit Beo in Dundas West, Saucy catering kitchen in Midtown and Mess Hall in Gerrard East.
“With the rise of gig economy services and ghost kitchens, we have seen a gap in booking short-term kitchens for food industry professionals that hampers local innovation,” said Azrah Manji. -Savin, co-founder and CEO of Syzl.
“Finding an on-demand or short-term certified professional kitchen is a complicated process for chefs or food entrepreneurs, while for kitchen operators, closing times, delays and empty stations are lost revenue opportunities. We have partnered with kitchens and food manufacturers to close this gap”
Commercial kitchen owners can list their space on the Syzl app with availability, equipment lists and rental rates. Kitchens can be searched by location, availability, and equipment availability. Syzl ensures that the kitchens listed are all health and safety certified, while users are insured and verified with food handling certificates and background checks.
“Creating food for others is an incredible experience that requires the funding, equipment and space to bring it to life,” said Romain Avril, Syzl Advisor, Michelin Star Chef and Owner of Romain Avril Inc. Syzl helps open doors for so many chefs and food creators who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity, while benefiting restaurants that aren’t open 24/7.