Your Business, Our Kitchen
Kitchen Sync is home to a unique food concept: a “culinary incubator” that helps artisan and start-up food entrepreneurs (or ‘foodpreneurs’), as well as emerging chef talent, to launch and grow their own food businesses. The culinary incubator, often referred to as a “shared-use commercial kitchen”, has taken a time-tested successful concept and swapped out office space for kitchens.
One of the biggest obstacles for starting a food-related business in Hong Kong is the extremely high cost of setting up a commercially licensed kitchen or ‘Food Factory’. The Kitchen Sync Culinary Kitchen exists to help you overcome this obstacle by providing an equipped, commercially licensed, shared-use kitchen.
Most start-up food enterprises begin in a home kitchen. Once the final recipe is ready for the marketplace, the home kitchen is a liability. Likewise, the sky high rentals on commercial properties makes those wanting to open a small takeaway or similar concept focus on smaller shop footprints with minimal kitchens, thereby making it necessary to produce core products offsite in a licensed facility. New business owners cannot obtain the necessary licensing from FEHD or product liability insurance for the manufacture and sale of a product made in a home kitchen. Legally they must manufacture their product from a professional kitchen. The cost of setting up and getting a food factory license can cost upwards of HK$2 million or more – a huge upfront investment for a small food entrepreneur.
That’s where Kitchen Sync enters the picture. We offer long- or short-term professional kitchen leases at reasonable rates on a flexible time-share basis. Food entrepreneurs become “legal” by working in a professional space that can be inspected by insurance companies and the FEHD.
Our kitchen provides professional ovens, refrigerators, freezers, mixers, worktables, pots and pans, utensils and storage space. The Kitchen Sync Culinary incubator makes it financially possible for a start-up food entrepreneur to take advantage of professional kitchen space while they grow their business.
Why is it called an ‘Incubator’?
Essentially, a kitchen incubator is a business incubator that provides commercial kitchen equipment and food safety regulation assistance to early- stage food companies, enabling them to advance to the stage where they can invest in their own facilities. The Incubator will help people with small, artisanal, and ethnic food businesses make the transition from working in their home kitchens to using fully-equipped, professional facilities.
Usually, a kitchen incubator also helps users with business planning and access to mentoring. Entrepreneurs that we mentor will benefit from the experience of our battle scars and victories as they execute their business plans. These consulting services are available to our members at a minimal extra charge.
How Does it Work?
Incubator participants will pay a membership to join, which includes access to a shared commercial kitchen, giving them the opportunity to craft and sell their food products without the initial expense of building out and equipping their own space. ‘Foodpreneurs’ looking to start or expand a culinary business can rent the kitchen for one time events or on an ongoing basis.
Members will also be able to hire our demonstration kitchen or dining rooms at greatly discounted prices.
Kitchen Sync Culinary Incubator wants you to build your business on an as-needed basis with minimal start-up costs and low risk!!!
Come and see us if you are:
- interested in farm to table or artisan foods
- an aspiring commercial chef
- a home cook looking to perfect their culinary skills
- a seasoned chef needing a test kitchen for a new cookbook
- a baker with a killer chocolate cake recipe
- a foodie who makes awesome jams and relishes
- a cooking teacher looking for some minds to mold
- a chef with the next great restaurant idea