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ChefPanel has published this Privacy Policy to explain how we collect, use and share information from you when you use the website (the "Website"). This Privacy Policy only applies to our collection of your personal information when you use the Website and Forum.

  1. Who controls your personal information?
    Any personal information provided to or gathered by via the Website is controlled by Catalyst Consultancy & Research ABN 52 082 288 720 (referred to hereafter as ‘Catalyst, 'we', 'us' or 'our').


  2. What kinds of information do we collect from you?
    The amount and type of information we gather depends upon your use of the Website and Forum, and, in some cases, what type of information you choose to disclose. We may collect the following information from you:

    • Information Provided by You to ChefPanel

      When you sign up as a member of ChefPanel, or in order for you to use certain aspects of the website, you will be asked to provide ChefPanel with certain personal information about yourself, such as your e-mail address, your business name plus a lot of other personal information.

    • Information About Your Device and Internet Connection

      When you use the Website or Forum, we automatically gather information made available by your web browser (such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome), Internet service provider,  and device (such as your computer, mobile phone, or tablet), depending on your settings for each. For example, we may collect your IP address, information about the operating system or type of device you use, and the location of your device.

    • Payment Information

      Any payments are processed by third-party vendors, such as Stripe. If you make any payment to ChefPanel at any time, we may send to these third-party vendors information related to the financial transaction, such as your credit or debit card information and billing address. ChefPanel does not store or otherwise retain any credit or debit card information.

    • Information Provided by Third-Parties

      We may receive information about you and your activities on and off ChefPanel from third-party partners, such as partners who provide us with analytics regarding the Website. These third parties may place Cookies on your machine, use web beacons, gather IP addresses and log data to collect traffic and activity data in order to deliver relevant metrics, content, and advertising.


  3. How we use cookies (and what can you do to control them)?
    "Cookies" are files that are placed on your computer by websites you visit. The purpose of a cookie is to identify you as a unique user of the Website. This helps us serve you better. ChefPanel uses Cookies on the Website and Forum for the following purposes:

    You have the ability to delete and control cookies. If you do not wish to have cookies placed on your device, you can set your browser (such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome) to refuse cookies before accessing the Website or Forum with the understanding that certain features of the Website or Forum may not function without the aid of cookies.

    You can learn more about how to delete or control Cookies at


    • For Verification

      ChefPanel uses cookies to verify your account and, if you choose, make it so you do not have to re-enter your login information each time you visit the Website. Cookies can also help us identify if someone may be trying to access your account without permission -- for example, by making numerous failed login attempts in a row.

    • For Analytics and Performance

      As explained above in Section 2, we use cookies, including those placed by third-party vendors, to gather the information that helps us understand how you and other users engage with the Website and Forum to improve its performance.

    • For Security

      We may use cookies, including those placed by third-party vendors, to gather information that helps us maintain the security of our software and systems.


  4. How do we use your information?
    We may use the information we've gathered from you, including through cookies, for the following purposes:

    • To improve and secure the Website and Forum

      ChefPanel uses the information we collect from you and other users to provide, improve and secure the Website and Forum plus any other related services. As explained above in Section 2, we use cookies, including those placed by third-party vendors, to gather information that helps us understand how you and other users engage with the Website and Forum to improve its performance, as well as security.

    • To customize your Website experience

      ChefPanel uses cookies to determine if you are logged in or not. For example, we use information gathered from you to update and display your "last login time," and this information may also be used to calculate the displayed number of "users online" for the Forum and identify your account as being online for other users to view. ChefPanel uses information gathered from you to customise your experience on the Website and Forum according to your interests and preferences. For example, we may use a cookie to identify a topic or pre-fill a form.

    • To communicate with you

      When you register with the Website and/or Forum, you consent to receive a periodic email regarding ChefPanel and the information topics we are here to provide to you as a Subscriber to the site, or Member of the Forum. These may also include promotional emails for new products and services, promotions, and other offers. ChefPanel uses the email address you provide to send these communications to you. You can unsubscribe from promotional emails at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link that is conveniently located at the bottom of each email, but we will still send you any necessary, non-promotional emails about your account or updates to our policies and terms. We also use your contact information to respond to you when you contact us.


  5. Who do we share your information with?
    The ChefPanel Website, Forum and related services facilitate participation in online forums with other users. We make this possible by sharing your information in the following ways:

    • Information Shared with Sponsor Companies

      We may share your information with companies that wish to conduct surveys at times and as such may receive your information. You register for these surveys and are remunerated for your information. 

    • Third-Party or Related Company

      In addition, in the event of a merger, acquisition, or bankruptcy, ChefPanel reserves the right to transfer all user information to a successor company. ChefPanel will provide notice to you by email in such an event.

    • Information Shared with Third-Party Partners

      As explained throughout this Privacy Policy, ChefPanel works with third-parties to improve and secure the Website, Forum and related services. The following are the types of third-parties ChefPanel may share your information with:

      • Analytics services

      • Website content management system provider

      • 3rd-party applications that integrate with the CMS system

      • Data and website security providers

      • Payment processors, accounting services, and shopping cart providers

      • Live chat and customer service providers

      • Email delivery providers

      • Notification service providers that help deliver relevant notifications to your devices

      • Providers that you have opted-in to receive services from; and

      • Service providers that may allow us to update and enhance our services.

    • Information Shared to Comply with the Law and Legal Process

      ChefPanel may disclose your information when required to do so by law, such as in response to a subpoena or court order, or when ChefPanel, in its sole discretion, believes that disclosure is necessary to report, address or prevent fraud or other illegal activity or misconduct, or to protect the property or rights of ChefPanel, third-parties or the public at large.


  6. How do we secure your information?
    ChefPanel has been implemented with leading service providers who maintain security procedures and practices to protect against unauthorised access, use or disclosure of your information. including:

    • Hosting our servers within secure data centre facilities

    • Secured login systems with HTTPS/SSL

    • Passwords stored in a secure format


  7. How can you manage the information we've collected from you?
    You can manage the information you share with us by logging into your account and changing it as you deem required at any time. Indeed, we request that you do maintain your information including your email address should you change employers or move.


  8. How do we protect the privacy of children?
    ChefPanel has no requirement to collect the data of children unless they are under 18 and employed in a professional kitchen according to the laws of the country in which they reside and work. If ChefPanel becomes aware of personal information collected personal information from a child, ChefPanel will immediately delete such information from its database. Further, because ChefPanel does not collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13, ChefPanel has no such information to use or disclose to third-parties. ChefPanel has designed this Privacy Policy in order to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).


  9. What about third-party websites?

    This Privacy Policy only applies to the Website and Forum that ChefPanel controls, and not any third-party websites that you may visit as a result of clicking on a link within the Website or Forum. Third-party websites are under no obligation to comply with this Privacy Policy. Before visiting or providing personal information to a third-party website, you should inform yourself of the privacy policies and practices (if any) of that third-party website, and should take those steps necessary to, at your discretion, protect your privacy.

  10. How do we notify you of changes to the Privacy Policy?

    Every time you use the Website or Forum, the then-current version of this Privacy Policy will apply. Although most changes are likely to be minor, ChefPanel reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy by posting such modification on this page; however, if changes are significant, ChefPanel may provide a more prominent notice or email you. Unless ChefPanel obtains your express consent, any revised Privacy Policy will apply only to information collected after the effective date of such revised Privacy Policy, and not to information collected under any earlier version.

  11. How can you contact us?

    If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, you can reach us at 

    Effective Date: March 18 2021

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