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Small food manufacturers will have better access to commercial kitchen spaces through a new technology platform, Chefs Cluster.

The program allows start-ups and small producers to find and hire short-term cooking space.

Chefs Cluster is the brainchild of three friends and entrepreneurs, Dina Gofman, Inna Kiner and Polina Ross seeking to make the food production journey easier for Australian small businesses.

Gofman said: “There is currently a lack of available cooking spaces for short term and immediate rental for small food businesses.”

She said people wanted a simple digital way to find a cooking space, but most licenced commercial kitchen spaces were inside restaurants, pubs, clubs, universities and community spaces and not available for individuals to rent.

“We’re here to solve a real problem that so many smaller food businesses have. And it’s a win-win for kitchens too, as more people using their space means extra revenue for the kitchen, rather than it sitting there underutilised.”

The platform was about reducing barriers to entering a highly competitive and complex market, Gofman said.

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