The more efficient the design of your commercial kitchen, the more time you’ll be able to spend on preparing food and serving your customers. By working with a skilled metal fab shop in Biloxi, MS, you can execute a high-quality kitchen design, getting the excellent metal fabrication services you need to set up your stainless steel appliances and preparation surfaces.
With this in mind, here are some tips for more efficient commercial kitchen designs:
- Ask the chef for advice: You should never, ever perform a kitchen redesign without input from your chef and/or kitchen staff. Your chef is likely to have some very strong opinions not just about the layout of the kitchen, but also the types of appliances and equipment you get. Your chef is going to know the menu inside and out, which means they also know the kind of space, prep area and equipment they need to get their job done.
- Analyze your menu: You should also take some time to carefully look over your menu and see what types of needs your menu requires in terms of kitchen equipment and prep space. A good strategy to follow is to list out all the meals and the ingredients you need for each of them, then the steps it takes to make each item on the menu, including the equipment that needs to be used. This will help you determine where you need to place ovens, prep stations and other equipment.
- Cut out unnecessary items: As you well know as an operator of a restaurant or commercial kitchen, the kitchen can get cluttered very quickly with unnecessary items. Do you have any items that can be used for multiple purposes? If so, you can eliminate some items used for a single purpose that is covered by those more versatile pieces of equipment. How much space do you need for storage and refrigeration? These are all questions you’re going to want to consider. The more efficient you can make your kitchen in terms of the types of equipment you need, the more space, money and time you can save as well.
- Health codes: You should make sure you stay on top of your state and local health codes. Restaurant regulations vary from area to area, and you must make sure your kitchen design sets you up for success with regard to fulfilling all your health code obligations. For example, there might be some specific requirements in terms of how much distance there is between a food prep station and a sink, you will likely be required to have a certain number of grease traps and vents and there may even be regulations regarding the size and temperature capacity of any hot water tanks you use. All of these are factors you’ll need to consider when planning out your kitchen design.
For more tips about planning and executing a high-quality kitchen design, contact Advanced Fabrication, Inc. or visit our knowledgeable metal fab shop in Biloxi, MS today. We look forward to working with you!