One of the biggest time savers in ChefHub is the ability to import an existing list of Items into the application.  If you’ve used Imported Vendors, you know how much of a time saver this can be – especially when you have a lot of Items to add to ChefHub at once.

First, go to Items under the Recipe button in the left Toolbar, then click the New Import button in the upper right hand corner.

Using Sample Items:

We have included some Sample Item Lists that you can import (look on the left side of the Items Import window and you will see a list of Sample files, including Sample All, which contains all of the separate samples in one larger file.  If using one of the Sample files to start with, click on whichever link you want to use, then Import.  You will then be taken to the Items Import screen, where you will see the three moving dots while your file imports.  **Again, you may need to refresh your browser, if it seems to be taking more than a minute or two**


Import Types

If you are moving on from the Sample Item Imports, you will have to use the New Invoice or New Import Buttons.


New Invoice is used when you are importing items from a specific vendor that we have already Invoice Importing set up for CSV file invoices from (such as Sysco) and you are mapping fields directly from a vendor invoice to ChefHub.  Check out how to Import Vendor Invoices here.


New import is used when you are importing a CSV file (like when you import Vendors).  Let’s start with downloading this sample CSV file.

Sample Item CSV

Just like with the Vendor list, you can add items to this CSV file, following the same format (and overwriting the Sample Items in the file).  Then save the file and upload it using the New Import button.

Sample Item Example

The next screen will be “Map Your Fields”  If you have edited the CSV file from ChefHub, you shouldn’t have to make any changes to the field mapping – just click Import.  This will take you to the Item Imports screen, where you can see the date of all of the Item Imports you ever do (you can repeat this process at any time, which can be very helpful when adding/changing several Items at a time, when you will want to make sure you check the “overwrite existing” box), and you can see the Status – which should be 3 moving dots while the file is importing. **You may need to refresh the page on your browser if this seems to take more than a minute**  You will see a green checkmark when the file has successfully uploaded, or a yellow triangle if there is an error.  If there are any errors, you can go in and edit them, just like when Importing Vendors.


We’ve got Vendors, and now Items – we can get ready to start Adding Recipes.  But first, let’s look at the Difference Between Sub Recipes & Menu Recipes