New York-based DIG and Chicago-based Urbanbelly is combating labor and food challenges Prep Assistant, a plug-and-play AI system designed by PreciTaste to the management from clipboards to digital automation. Guiding each crew member on how much to prep per daypart based on AI-generated demand predictions, the solution saves managers and crew members over an hour per day from the first day of installation and reduces food waste by up to 20% — leading to up to a 5% food cost saving overall.
“DIG’s main priorities are creating the freshest dishes and best experiences for our guests and our kitchen teams,” Dig CEO Tracy Kim said in a company press release. ‘With the Prep Assistant, our managers can focus more on cooking delicious food and training our chefs, and less on how much to prep as tasks are organized more efficiently and accurately.”
Chef Bill Kim, Urbanbelly founder, chef and partner at Cornerstone Restaurant Group, is seeing similar results.
“Prep Assistant AI technology provides the tools to empower our staff and operators to optimize resources and run our business most effectively,” he said in the release. “Utilizing AI is a massive benefit to the restaurant industry to create efficient workflows and allow increased managerial bandwidth to focus on growth and development.”
PreciTaste has also released a proprietary ChatGPT-like customer extension — the Chat Assistant — a software-based restaurant management solution that provides operations data from connected stores in real time. With generative AI and Large Language Models, operations data becomes accessible to provide instant intelligent insights and calculations around operational KPIs, according to PreciTaste co-Founder and CEO Ingo Stork.
“PreciTaste’s Chat Assistant provides countless opportunities to put data to work in creative ways tailored to our operators’ needs,” he said in the release. “PreciTaste takes what has excited many about their recent ChatGPT experiences and tailors it specifically to restaurant operations. It’s great to see customers asking our Chat Assistant what new menu items they can introduce based on available ingredients and interacting with the sales forecasts generated by our AI.”
Beyond the Prep Assistant, PreciTaste’s plug-and-play product, the Planner Assistant, is starting installments in other mid-size restaurants. It uses quantity forecasts to produce an automated production schedule to guide crews to make the right quantity at the right time. Once the Prep and/or Planner Assistants are installed, restaurants may evolve their solutions into the Station Assistant — a full-cycle AI management system that incorporates vision sensing for greater automation.
PreciTaste has deployed nearly 2,500 food AI systems deployed over the past two years.