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Food Forward Consulting is a Toronto-based culinary consulting company that compliments experience with innovation to deliver exceptional results for every project we take on. We care deeply about the development of sustainable food strategies and the efficient integration of culinary design with foodservice and operational systems. 

Food Forward is proud to have been selected to lead several complex projects in Canada, the US, and Internationally.

Our team comes with the knowledge and experience that provide an invaluable resource in all areas of foodservice planning.



What our clients have to say 




The Food Forward team operates with a high level of professional integrity and confidentiality, working very efficiently in identifying key issues that need attention assisting us as our organization has grown by enhancing our diverse culinary profile and helping us find operational and financial efficiencies at our Toronto properties (Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty, and the Drake Commissary). They have been a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend their services for any forward-thinking hospitality operators. --- Bill Simpson Chief Development Officer The Drake Hotel


Information coming from Restaurant Metrics and the Food Forward team allowed us to streamline many processes and to analyze how to grow our business with strong financial management.
Laléh Larijani — Owner Operator,
Forno Cultura


Food Forward was recommended by our architect to assist in the design and build-out for our new location. Once open we brought them back to implement Restaurant Metrics. Their system was able to reduce our labour cost and inventory consumption by almost 10% in just a few weeks. The program has produced such great results [that] we work with them on month-to-month bases.
Seng Luong — Owner Operator,
Sabai Sabai


The Food Forward team was invaluable in shaping our new Hospitality Services Department at Hart House. We have implemented many of their recommendations and seen results already. I would highly recommend their services and expertise in the field and are a delight to work with. Nanci and her team are professional, responsive, and creative problem solvers who worked closely with us to develop the unique approach Hart House required. We continue to work with them for all our hospitality needs.

Sherry Kulman --- Chief Administrative Officer, Hart House, University of Toronto




Selected Client List & Services


SHOPIFY (Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Berlin)
 Scope of services: Culinary Concept, Culinary Programming, Site Planning, and Design Direction, Schematic Design, Design Development. Work in collaboration with Shopify’s culinary and design teams as well as architects and designers to oversee the culinary program vision and design strategy, for all the foodservice spaces across Canada and internationally for Shopify’s growing culinary needs.

The Drake Commissary scope of services:

Culinary programming, concept development, schematic design, service flow assesment of kitchen, bakery, service counter, prepared foods. Review of operational systems and financial planning.

The Drake Hotel scope of services;

Culinary programming, integration of food production services for all Drake outlets and the commissary kitchen, bakery, cafe counter, and prepared foods. Operational assessment and financial planning.

The Drake One Fifty scope of services;

Culinary programming, Menu Development. 

Forno Cultura (King St, Queen St, The Path, Union Station) scope of services:

Culinary programming, integration of food production for all Forno Cultura outlets including production kitchens, bakery, service counter, and prepared foods. Implement Restaurant Metrics®, develop company structure, and assist in financial planningmanage monthly RM reporting. 

PAI Nothern Thai scope of services: Commissary Kitchen Concept Design, Schematic, Design Development, Implement Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

KIIN scope of services: Commissary Kitchen Concept Design, Schematic, Design Development,

Implement Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

Sabai Sabai scope of services: Commissary Kitchen Concept Design, Schematic, Design Development,

Implement Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

Dog & Bear scope of services: Concept Design, Schematic, Design Development,

Implement Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

Hart House U of T scope of services:

Company Restructure of Food & Beverage Services. Implement Restaurant Metrics® for Gallery Grill Restaurant and M&E Catering.

The Arbor Room: Facility Assessment, Concept Design, Schematic Design

Design Development, Facilitate external foodservice operator agreement. 


Anne Boleyn scope of services: Concept Design, Schematic, Design Development, Culinary Programming. 

Kelly's Bake Shoppe scope of work: Product production analysis, review operational systems, implement Restaurant Metrics®.

Substance Food Group (Terra, Francobollo, Sarpa, Rusty's) scope of work:

Review operational systems, implement and manage Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 


Food Forward offers customized services and solutions to help our clients achieve their vision, optimize performance, boost productivity, and sustain growth. 

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Expert Guidance

We believe a successful business starts at the beginning with the foundational pieces that build a roadmap for the future. In today’s rapidly evolving environment we understand taking bold chances requires making insightful decisions. Our goal is to guide you through every step. 


Design Build

Integration of Design and Function

We are a liaison between all parties involved in a project Client /stakeholder, designer, and consultants. We work closely with the client to develop and distill the culinary vision that helps inform the culinary program and define the architectural designs. We take an active role in seeing the project through, supporting individual teams and consultants with the integration of the food and beverage services to ensure the realized experience lives up to the original intent.
In collaboration with architects, designers, contractors, chefs, and suppliers we assist in facilitating, managing, and coordinating all of the moving parts to ensure the build goes according to plan with insightful time-saving decisions and a commitment to functional design.

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Achieve Your Goals

We strive to get your business operating at an optimum level with manageable systems and solutions that help your team maintain a course towards a sustainable future.

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Restaurant Metrics®

Manage Costs, Reduce Expenses, Turn a Profit

Keeping our work relevant with our client needs and their areas of challenge, we developed Restaurant Metrics® an online software solution that automatically formulates and manages product inventory, assists in developing recipe costs and generates a proper selling price according to specific target margins, with the desired profit. Followed by our Restaurant Metrics COS Report that improves operational processes and your financial outcome. Once implemented, this system will result in a significant net profit increase. 





Because we see innovative food concepts as such an important driver of design, and operations we would love to collaborate with you.



Food Forward Consulting
Toronto, ON, Canada  - 1 416 951 2029


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