When it comes to opening a restaurant or catering business it can be easy to get hung up on the smaller details. But what your business really boils down to is cooking, and therefore it goes without saying that choosing the right cooking equipment is absolutely imperative to your success.
Here are five essential pieces of cooking equipment that most commercial kitchens will require, and what to look out for when you purchase yours.
A commercial fryer is the best way to achieve flavorsome, crisp fried foods and is especially important in establishments that offer this as a predominant feature – such as fish and chip shops. With more focus being put on the safe and environmentally friendly ways to dispose of oil, many fryers now come with intelligent oil filtration systems, which can be a worthwhile cost.
A commercial grill is a great tool for giving meats and vegetables that branded ‘charred’ finish that consumers love. It can also be a space saving piece of equipment that fits well into smaller kitchens.
A combi oven
A combi oven is an integral item for any kitchen. Its sheer versatility makes it invaluable, with a report in Rational stating that 90% of all dishes found on the commercial food service operations menu worldwide can be prepared in a combi oven. Baking, roasting, frying and numerous other cooking techniques are achievable in a combi oven, and with technological advancements in cooking equipment constantly being honed, many chefs view their combi oven as another member of staff helping them achieve reliable results every time. The Lincat OCMPC61 Opus electric combi oven (247cateringsupplies.co.uk/lincat-ocmpc61-opus-combi-oven) is one of the market leaders.
A range cooker
Although not the smallest piece of kitchen equipment, a range cooker will offer you several different tools all in one place; hobs, griddles, combination surfaces and, of course, traditional ovens are all part of this unit.
A commercial microwave can offer chefs time saving efficiency and convenience that most bustling kitchens rely on. Quickly defrosting, steaming, heating and finishing food products off are all on the agenda from a commercial microwave, which tends to come with a lot more functions than a domestic unit. This can greatly reduce serving times which, in turn, will increase profits.