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LEON – Recipe and Knowledge Distribution


Leon is an award winning restaurant chain known for its seasonal food sourced from trusted local suppliers. Since opening the first Leon in 2004, the fast food visionaries have opened another 30 restaurants; their principle of natural food full of flavour has fallen on fertile ground as diners are keen to make healthier choices.


In addition to seasonal menu changes, Leon offer changing menus throughout the day from breakfast through to dinner. Using laminated sheets for all these recipes and kitchen manuals meant that at any given time, every restaurant had hundreds of sheets to keep on top of. The distribution of these had become very time and resource consuming and the constant cycle of throwing away and replacing recipe cards was inefficient and wasteful.




Leon Restaurants needed an efficient way to distribute recipe information and how-to guides to all their restaurants


Leon needed an efficient way to regularly create and communicate seasonally changing recipe information and preparation guides for all their restaurant kitchens. The solution needed to be very practical and easy to operate in a busy kitchen environment to ensure the correct nutritional content and preparation methods for all their dishes.




Using Platopus Retail, Leon moved their entire printed document set onto iOS and deployed iPads across the estate


With Platopus Retail, Leon were able to quickly implement a recipe distribution system. The combination of iOS app and web application means that all of Leon’s restaurant kitchens have access to all the information they need using iPads while recipes can be updated by the central support office and distributed instantly and safely through the cloud. This means that recipes are always up to date in every restaurant.


“One of my jobs at Leon is to provide all of these kitchen manuals and recipes to the restaurants. This process used to involve sending everything to our printers over a week before menu launch and then courier these out to restaurants. I can now upload everything to the Platopus Retail platform and it’s in every restaurant instantly, saving me a lot of time which I can now spend on planning and other aspects of my job.”

Tom Davies, Food Product Development Manager





Increased central control, kitchen productivity and scope for development. Easier to update and more cost-efficient to manage.


• Greater kitchen productivity – chefs have quick and easy access to a selected recipe. The intuitive system means a recipe can be found in just two or three taps and swipes, showing step by step preparation instructions and supporting photos. Instant availability of updates means that staff are always working from current recipes.


• Greater management productivity and cost savings – by eliminating printing and distribution costs and the reducing the time spent on the management of the distribution process. Platopus Retail is based in the cloud so there was no need for a big IT infrastructure implementation process.


• Smaller worktop footprint – replacing the high number of recipe cards with a single iPad has improved kitchen environments. The iPad is more hygienic as it is easily wiped clean, the purpose-made cases are water, heat and shock proof.


• Facilitate constant improvement and development – whether it’s a big change, a new dish or just a little tweak, development has become easier, customer feedback can be taken into consideration and acted upon if necessary. Nutritional and allergen information is easily accessible to answer any customer queries.