The foundation of any successful restaurant is the kitchen. The design and setup of the kitchen are essential for the smooth functioning of a restaurant. The kitchen is the soul of any restaurant where the chefs and other staff prepare the food. An efficient commercial kitchen design should be a high priority with all the equipment placed precisely where the chef needs them.
The basic components of a successful kitchen design include a storage station, food preparation station, cooking station, cleaning area, and the service station where read-to- serve dishes are picked up. Several other factors should be considered while designing a commercial kitchen. Since no two restaurant designs are the same in terms of design, space, layout, and service requirements, it is important to involve the chefs in the kitchen designing process. The chef assists in deciding the equipment, flow, and required space of the kitchen. It is important to have an exhaustive idea about the menu too. The menu is an important factor for the kitchen design as it offers an idea about the equipment and the placement of that equipment for an unhindered flow in the preparation of the dishes. A minimalist approach is essential while designing the kitchen since excess equipment can lead to a cramped kitchen setup. A well-thought-out kitchen has equipment such as utensils and storage spaces being used for multiple purposes without disrupting the flow of the kitchen. It not only saves space but also helps reduce costs. A simple, easy to navigate the kitchen with properly placed workstations makes the kitchen an effortless place to work at.
Food safety and health norms are to be strictly followed while designing and setting up a commercial kitchen. It is critical to be aware of the local health regulations of the state in terms of the health norms, fire safety, and employee rules. Licenses and permits of the state should be strictly adhered to while designing a commercial kitchen. Food safety and waste management norms are adopted in order to maintain a healthy environment. For instance, it is essential to design a kitchen with an adequate number of dishwashers and cleaning stations, in accordance with the health norms, for the kitchen to have sufficient clean cutlery and utensils on a busy day. Proper drainage is a key aspect of maintaining hygiene in any commercial kitchen. A low-energy consuming, sustainable kitchen can reduce the operating expenses of the kitchen. Designing commercial kitchens with strategic placements of equipment near ventilators and cold storage’s away from heated spots can significantly reduce energy expenses. Air ventilators further assist in making the kitchen design energy efficient. It is important to include fans and air purifiers in the kitchen to maintain the temperature of the kitchen hence providing a cooler working environment for the staff.
Today, technology plays a significant role in the designing and operation of any commercial kitchen. For instance, technology has replaced the former methods of taking down orders on paper from customers and eventually handing it over to the kitchen. Digital tablets have now replaced papers with orders being taken down and forwarded to the kitchen electronically. It has helped reduce the turnaround time of the kitchen with orders being completed faster. Time-tracking of orders can also be done using technology assisting the chefs to complete the orders in time. Designing an optimal kitchen should also have space for the maintenance of all the equipment available in a kitchen. While designing the layout, it should be ensured that a separate workstation for maintenance is built to avoid hindrance to the kitchen operations.
HPG Consulting always seeks to meet and exceed customers’ expectations. We work with you to understand your requirements and bring your vision to life. You can expect to work with seasoned kitchen design layout planners and access a host of other services tailored for commercial kitchens. We work with many restaurants and hotels and no project is too small or too big for our team. To discuss your requirements and get answers to all your questions, call us at +91-9311-202-627. You can also fill out our contact form, and we will get in touch as soon as possible.