6 Features of a Successful Commercial Kitchen
8th November 2016 08:57
When you are designing a commercial kitchen remember that everything has a purpose and a place. A successful commercial kitchen is put together using specific components that are organised to provide the most efficient performance.
The components that you’ll be focusing on the most are cleaning/washing, food and gear storage, food preparation, meal cooking and service station. As such, you need to prepare your layout and find the right tools and appliances.
Appliances and Kitchenware
One of the things you need to consider when outfitting your kitchen is how to keep it clean. You need to choose appliances that will be sturdy and able to handle everyday use, but will also be easy to clean. Stainless steel appliances and kitchenware are easily the way to go, as stainless steel won’t be tarnished over time from contact with food and liquids. The main components that you’ll want to be made of stainless steel are:
- Sinks (three-compartment and for ware washing)
- Counters and tables
- Prep kitchen
- Exhaust canopies
These areas see high usage and need to be durable, yet low maintenance. Other bits of equipment that you’ll need include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Reach-in and walk-in coolers
- Rubber floor mats
No matter how large your commercial kitchen is, thoughtful storage is the key. Use clever storage solutions in order to move more efficiently and quickly through your tasks.
Your kitchen should split the storage into non-food, cold storage and dry storage.
You’ll want some more stainless steel sinks here for washing produce. Your cutting and mixing areas should also be on stainless steel tables and counters. A good food prep station will be split into sections; one for raw foods and one for sorting food into batches.
This is the most important section and will include your ranges, ovens, stainless steel exhaust hoods, fryers, and other cooking equipment. Most kitchens break their cooking areas down into things like the grilling station, dessert station, fryer station, salad station, baking station, etc.
This is where your servers or food runners will pick up the plates of food and bring them out. You can do any garnishing here, as well. Make sure this is also on a stainless steel surface, as the area can tend to get messy.
A successful commercial kitchen puts all of these components together into one smooth layout. Some of the more popular designs are the Assembly Line, the Island and Zone Style, but there are always other options.
Get your commercial kitchen up the highest standards by choosing to outfit it with stainless steel. Learn more about our commercial stainless steel appliances at All Things Stainless in Perth, or contact us today.