When it comes to commercial kitchens, design is everything. You and your staff will be using the kitchen every day, so you need to be happy with every aspect, from the aesthetics to the equipment. Whether you are designing a brand-new kitchen or updating your existing kitchen, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before proceeding with the new design.
Before you start designing your commercial kitchen, make sure you’ve set a budget and stick to it. It can be tempting to go for all the bells and whistles, but if you are just starting out it’s important that you don’t go overboard. Remember that you can always add to your kitchen as your business develops.
To save money consider investing in certified used commercial kitchen equipment. They cost a lot less than new equipment and come with flexible payment options. This means that you have the option to rent catering equipment, giving you the chance to try it out and purchase it later.
Safety should be a major consideration when designing your commercial kitchen. After you create the initial plans, have a professional design consultant or local health and safety inspector look over your designs to ensure all the health and safety rules comply with your local health and safety standards.
Is the preparation and cooking area in close proximity? Is your delivery area positioned so it does not influence workflow? Are there distinct hot and cool points in the kitchen and are they well positioned? Is the whole kitchen design convenient for the chef and his staff to move around? Before designing the different working zones of the kitchen, consider these factors so you can maintain an efficient workflow.
Store the kitchen tools so that it’s convenient for the user. Tools and appliances that have similar functions need to stay together. For example, store the knives in the cutting area and the baking trays in the baking area. Create proper storage for these tools so that looking for these items does not interrupt with the delivery process.
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