Whether you are opening your own restaurant or you redesigning a current space, an efficient commercial kitchen is no accident. As the heart and soul of the food and service you bring to the community, the kitchen should be organized, with an elegant layout that allows chefs and staff to work in harmony but speed and precisions. There are several key design elements that should be included in your commercial kitchen.
Although there is something to be said for having each tool and utensil in its proper place, there are times when the workspace needs to be flexible. Perhaps there is a catering order that needs to be filled in addition to the daily demands of customer orders. In times like these, being able to rearrange your space to accommodate the extra staff or prep work can be a huge lifesaver. By having prep tables, fryers, and even coolers on industrial steel caster wheels, it is easy to maneuver things around and make room for whatever the demands of the day may be.
The best thing you can bring to your workspace is simplicity. Include on the tools and equipment that you will need consistently. Keep items that might not need as much use in a storage area or less intrusive workspace. The prep area should be designed for prep just as the plating area should reflect the room and tools needed for delicate and tasteful designs. Don’t add in a bunch of clutter.
There is an order to how a commercial kitchen functions and the entire design should complement the workflow. Prep stations and refrigeration units should be positioned in ways that are easily accessible in the event of on-demand need. Washing sinks and other sanitation requirements should also be adjusted to the areas of operation that rely more heavily on them during the course of a shift.
4. Air Ventilation
The location and number of hood vents as well as HVAC registers are a vital part of the kitchen. Although much of the use assists with employee comfort measures, hood vents are also significant in reducing fire risks. Consult with local codes for the size and type of ventilation systems required for your kitchen.
Operating a restaurant can be an adventure, but with a chef that is experienced and passionate about food, you can wow your customers with their experiences and attract loyalty. Giving your chef and staff the best place to work is one way to encourage your chef’s happiness and satisfaction with his job.