How we started

Changing the way restaurants handle their finances and operations

xtraCHEF was founded in 2015 by Andy Schwartz, Bhavik Patel, and Chaz Brown with the intent of extending access to enterprise technologies to any restaurant in the country.

We combined restaurant accounting and financial management expertise with commonly used tech applications that had not yet reached the restaurant industry  — cloud, mobile, machine learning and OCR (optical character recognition — to automate time-consuming, tedious tasks for restaurant owners and staff.

Several years later, xtraCHEF continues to meet the demands of an ever-changing restaurant operations landscape. Our software supports thousands of food and beverage operators of all sizes and service.

Co-headquartered in NYC and Philadelphia, with team members across the country and around the world, our team is aligned on a mission to empower the hospitality industry with data to drive profits.

Our Core Values

Be Proactive

A chef is always three steps ahead of the guest: selecting fresh produce in the morning, preparing mise en place for the evening, scheming up a new special…proactivity is the name of the game. That’s why xtraCHEF is always thinking ahead for you, updating our product, and adding features to match your passion and enthusiasm for service.

Foster Trust

We don’t just walk the walk. We build relationships with our customers that last years. You’re pouring your passion into the food and service you provide, while we’re constantly building and improving our service offering to you. That two-way street builds an undeniable sense of trust that goes beyond software as a service.

Deliver Value

In this industry margins are everything. And it’s our job to help you maintain and improve those margins. That means we can’t be a burden – so at its core, xtraCHEF must always deliver extreme functionality at minimal cost to you. Our commitment to delivering value is what moves us beyond a service provider and more into the role of a true partner.

Stay Committed

Technology is always evolving, and we’re in it for the long-haul with our commitment to our product and our customers. We know your challenges aren’t going anywhere, and that this industry needs a reliable companion. We’re here for it, and we’re here for you no matter what the future holds.

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Our Founders

Andy Schwartz
Co-Founder / CEO

A motivated leader with a propensity for building strong relationships and a passion for selling, Andy is driven to position xtraCHEF as a leader in the restaurant technology landscape. Prior to starting xtraCHEF, Andy worked as Senior V.P. of Sales & Marketing for nine years at MTS Software Solutions. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Gloria, and their two daughters – Lily and Kaya.

Bhavik Patel
Co-Founder & CTO

Bhavik has been in the enterprise document management and receivable management solutions game for more than 18 years. He brings to xtraCHEF his diverse experience in the design and development of software solutions as well as his business process savvy. Prior to building xtraCHEF, Bhavik served as the CTO of MTS Software Solutions where he was responsible for managing a multimillion-dollar eProducts portfolio of groundbreaking solutions, such as global check clearing solutions and mobile check deposit solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

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