How sustainable is your menu? Designing and assessing an interactive artefact to support chefs’ sustainable recipe- planning practices

Coşkun A., Genç H. U., Coşkun A.

6th ACM SIGCAS/SIGCHI Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, Cape-Town, South Africa, 16 - 19 August 2023, pp.90-98

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1145/3588001.3609366
  • City: Cape-Town
  • Country: South Africa
  • Page Numbers: pp.90-98
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Rising sustainability concerns in the food industry have driven the need for innovative approaches in culinary operations. Redesigning the menus and recipes from a sustainability perspective is a promis- ing approach to reducing restaurants’ environmental impact. Chefs, as crucial decision-makers in menu and recipe planning practices, play a vital role in promoting sustainable food services. However, the literature lacks insights into chefs’ sustainable recipe planning practices and how information and communication technologies (ICTs) could support these practices. This paper addresses this gap by conducting individual interview sessions (n=10) and recipe gen- eration workshops (n=10) with 20 chefs in total. It reveals four dimensions of sustainable recipes (locality, seasonality, frugality, and food quality) based on semi-structured interviews. It presents a novel interactive recipe planning concept called KNOBIE, which was designed to support chefs’ sustainable recipe planning prac- tices by using insights that gathered from the interviews. Lastly, based on an assessment of this concept through online recipe gen- eration sessions with chefs, it provides five design implications for integrating ICTs into the sustainable menu and recipe planning practices to promote sustainable food services in restaurants.