Sysco's Virtual Kitchen

Sysco’s Virtual Kitchen: Highlighting real people & real stories in Canada’s foodservice industry

In a time of unprecedented challenges for Canadian foodservice, Sysco’s Virtual Kitchen Show (SVK) has taken matters into its own hands with a mission to bring real-life stories of positivity, community, and innovation to the industry.

SVK is a live and on-demand foodservice program that concentrates on serving up foodservice insights, tips, tools, and everything else operators and other professionals need to succeed in foodservice. It came to life in mid-2020, during the early devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way to connect with Sysco’s customer community and continue to provide industry-leading support and expertise.

While offering professional advice is still a focus, the ultimate aim has been on creating an authentic grassroots industry show that would help foodservice operators not only adapt and progress their business during tough times, but also feel connected as a community and share stories of ideas, inspiration, and innovation.

Sysco has heard so many uplifting stories about customers overcoming challenges, shifting operations, and innovating products and services in a way that have resulted in great opportunities and growth during a time of struggle. Whether it’s transitioning to takeout and delivery, launching pop-up shop models, shifting to a new online and mobile presence, or something else entirely, foodservice’s persistence, agility, and creativity in not just surviving but thriving has been something to behold. SVK’s aim is to inform and inspire by sharing those stories of survival and success with the world.

With a rich breadth of content featuring real people and human stories, SVK has become an authentic go-to place for Canadian chefs, restaurateurs, and other industry professionals to revel in tales of positivity anytime, anywhere.

Uniquely diverse and in-depth content

Now into its second season, the show has evolved into the SVK Network, featuring 20 shows with over 200 episodes broadcast live twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday, and reaching over one million people via Facebook Live alone over the last year. Shows are 22–25 minutes long with multiple guests featuring authentic and original content and are easily accessible on Facebook and YouTube.

All shows are live, unscripted, interactive, original, and authentic, covering every corner of the industry, ranging from culinary and food trends and recipes to crucial operational topics like restaurant business, social media usage, and diversity.

There are also spotlight features, such as a partnership with the Culinary Federation. Chefs “In The Field and Around The World” is a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the industry with a light-hearted insider commentary on products, flavours, and more. 

Meanwhile, Season one’s biggest show, “The Future of Food – Planning For Food Inflation”, broke down one of the top challenges Canadian operators continue to face in 2021.

The second season of Sysco’s Virtual Kitchen kicked off on August 24, featuring even more diverse culinarians and innovative products and topics. The intention is to run the programming as a long-term initiative beyond the pandemic.

After all, positivity, a culture of community, and innovation is what Canadian foodservice is all about.

So, what are you waiting for? Get involved and get inspired today!

Sysco offers full teams of sales consultants, culinary consultants, marketing experts, and product specialists whose primary goal is to help foodservice operators develop their menus, market their business, and serve the best food to their communities every day.

Find Sysco Canada online or on mobile at @syscocanada on Facebook and Instagram, Sysco Canada on YouTube, or at Sysco.ca.

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