Our mission:

To deliver ridiculously intuitive, affordable, software for caterers, with love x

We're all about:

Commercial excellence, customer care, kitchen compliance

More than a faceless software company

A real ‘business-helping-hand’, on call (yes on the phone as well as online!) to help with every aspect of our clients' menu management; from helping clients take the guesswork out of recipe costing, to keeping them compliant with kitchen regulation.

For us it's all about the people…

Our team is made up of hospitality superstars, technology wizards, customer carers, sales queens and marketing superheroes all centred on delivering the best customer experience.

…and the software performance

As an early Cloud platform adopter, we are evolving our technology from the user-interface up, where our clients ideas fuel every future development to create next generation software for the hospitality industry. Simple, clean and intuitive.

…and looking after the pennies

In our world, big budgets don't exist. In our world, every penny counts for the operator who we help to save a few here and there, to the business owner who we know needs top-end technology at an affordable price. We offer Standard, Premium, Professional and Multi-site packages to suit all sizes of food business even as it evolves.

Your time is precious
Our menu management software will help

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Meet the team

CaterCost HQ

Ali Palmer

‘Head Honcho and Queen of Profit’

(Managing Director, originator and founder of CaterCost)

On a mission to make chef's happier and businesses more profitable:

With over 30 years' experience in catering and hospitality as both owner operator of several highly successful, national award-winning pubs, restaurants and hotels and as an ‘industry expert’, writing for the trade press, speaking at national conferences and working as a consultant for top FTSE hospitality business, Ali's reputation within the catering and hospitality industry is impeccable.

In 2003 Ali was the recipient of the coveted BII Licensee of the Year Award - the industry's highest accolade, and in 2012 she received Venus Women's Award for Entrepreneurship for developing CaterCost.

Her extensive and in-depth knowledge of the catering sector places her as the perfect person to head up the CaterCost development team, understanding first-hand the innovation required to improve menu-management in the catering sector.

Ali is a successful published author of what has been described as the ‘Industry Bible’ “Eat Your Competition for Lunch - 27 Golden Rules to running a successful and profitable food business” and she's recently worked alongside Alex Polizzi as Alex's ‘Pub Expert’ in Channel 5's Hotel Inspector. Since spotting an emerging trend towards ‘healthy eating’ and ‘veganism’ Ali has pioneered a catering resource for caterers with her blog ‘If not meat then what’.

Recently Ali's focus has been on refining the CaterCost software for optimum user experience with ‘less clicks’, for easier menu creation and management, Software that's simple, streamlined and intuitive

The thing that makes me happiest about CaterCost is: Version 2!

Daily mantra: Onward mon brave

Favourite food: Anything oriental