just wondering if there are any chef websites out there which specialise in recipes for large quantities, 25+ portions, any recipes at all Entrees, Mains, Pastries or Desserts. Many thanks in advance for your time.

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    While not a direct answer to your question, I think you might want to look at the book Ratio. This will teach you invaluable principles for taking 'everyday' recipes and scaling them up to larger batches.
    – Cos Callis
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 13:49
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    Generally, requests for resources are off topic network wide. They are list questions with no one answer and an infinite number of possibilities.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 20:00
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    @Joe Sites change. Something being ok initially doesn't mean it's ok now.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 14:07
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    @Joe After reviewing those, I don't see how this passes the tests Jefromi lays out. It's very broad. It's all bulk recipes. The OP does nothing to limit the question to any particular part of the meal, type of cooking (national origin, formal/informal, etc... ). This is too broad.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 19:06
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    For me, it's hard to tell where exactly this falls. It seems pretty specific, but it's not an area where I have a ton of expertise, so I don't know exactly how much is out there. Joe's answer makes it look pretty broad, actually: he found a rather large number of sites just by searching, and I'm sure there are more out there that he didn't find. It's all posted as one answer, but it's still a lot of breadth. So overall I am relatively skeptical, as the test is not "are there 20 answers" but "could there easily be 20 answers?" and it seems like maybe yes.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 19:55

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I have a few cookbooks for caterers that have this sort of thing. I've even gotten one from our library system (although not my local branch, I was at one of the larger ones)

So, using that term, I tried searching for 'catering recipe websites' had a bunch of false positives, but it did find :

A search for 'catering recipes' was a bit more helpful:

I'm actually pretty disappointed in most of these -- I'd have expected recipes for 'catering' to talk about what parts you can do in advance vs. morning of vs. last minute.

There are also websites w/ tips for caterers, eg. https://www.webstaurantstore.com/article/26/catering-menu-ideas.html

I also found a website for 'Essentially Catering Magazine', but many of the recipes they have serve less than 8 people : https://www.essentiallycatering.co.uk/recipes.php

I suspect that cookbooks might be a safer bet -- many of these have the 'look inside' option on Amazon, so you can see if they're what you're looking for:

Which also led me to Army cookbooks:

Update: A friend mentioned a website with recipes for school cafeterias. There are some pre made sauces referenced, but it starts at 25 people and includes instructions for advance prep and just before service: http://www.thelunchbox.org/recipes-menus/

Update 2: I've since learned that the preferred term seems to be 'quantity cooking', which helped me find:

Update 2: A few more websites:

  • So the problem is that there are a lot of websites that claim to be about cooking for large numbers of people ... but the content doesn't match that claim.
    – Joe
    Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 21:42
  • The recent cookbook from World Central Kitchen has a couple of pages on things to consider when scaling up recipes, but unfortunately the recipes themselves are your typical 4-6 servings.
    – Joe
    Commented Feb 23 at 16:57

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