A food service consultant is
an independent professional advisor who, works as an advocate in the design and implementation of foodservice facility Development.
TJM Consulting simplifies the process into phases
A: Schematic design phase: Establish goals of the project and thereby formulate a design program. Next a schematic design is prepared consisting of drawings and other related documents illustrating the scale and relationship of project components.
B: Design development phase: prepare design development documents. Determine specific types of equipment, general mechanical and electrical utility requirements, and other essentials as may be appropriate. furnish a list of all items to be included in the foodservice equipment bid.
C: Construction document phase: Furnish outline material to be included in the general contract specifications. Provide foodservice equipment specifications to be issued for bid including equipment plan and index, utility connection requirements, and other details as may be appropriate.
D: Bidding and Negotiation phase: Assist in the answering of bid questions, preparing addenda as necessary, and advise as to the reliability of the bids.
E. Construction phase: Process and review shop drawings, construction consultation and regular progress updates during construction due to regular job site visitation, utilizing a "punch-list" walk through and will ensure punch-list completion.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED A FOODSERVICE CONSULTANT?
- A decision has been made to undertake a development/design project involving construction of new foodservice facilities.
- Ownership/Management have made a decision to renovate existing foodservice facilities
- Ownership/Management had identified a need to have an evaluation of existing facilities conducted as part of a long range capital budgeting process
- Ownership/Management has identified the need for a master planning exercise
- A decision has been made to develop or re-engineer a foodservice operation/concept
- Ownership/Management believes that operational performance could be improved but is not sure what to do to make those improvements
- Ownership/Management does not have the specific knowledge and skills necessary to solve an identified problem
- Ownership/Management has the necessary knowledge and skills but does not have the time necessary to solve the problem
- Ownership/Management requires an independent, third-party opinion, either to confirm a decision or to provide alternatives
- Ownership/Management's efforts have not produced the desired long-term results