Designing commercial kitchen should incorporate both food flow and selecting the correct equipment for the most appropriate job. Most people are often under a delusion that commercial kitchen can be straightforwardly designed and prefer not to hire a kitchen professional like us – Ellane Chefer. We highly recommend you to contact us if you are unsure about designing commercial kitchen as understanding the fundamentals are extremely imperative, and we would discuss some of them in this article to assist you.
Part 1 – Food Flow
Commercial kitchen should be designed to handle events that occur as part of food preparation in sequential order. It sounds simple, but you would be surprised to learn how many food service facilities (both independent and franchise chain establishments alike) are designed without keeping this key principle in mind.
Let’s look at how this concept is applied to the design of a kitchen (refer to the above kitchen layout):
1. Delivery of Raw Products
The first thing that occurs in the preparation of food is the delivery and acceptance of the raw food products.
2. Storing of Raw Products
Once the product is accepted, it will have to be stored either in the cooler or freezer, or in the dry storage area. Already we have established that the receiving and storage areas have a critical relationship and should be located adjacent to one another. In a typical design, it would be counter productive to locate the receiving and storage areas on opposite sides of the facility.
Next, the food will require preparation work. The preparation area should be adjacent to the refrigerated and frozen storage areas. Once this work is completed, the food can go in one of two directions: back to refrigerated storage for later use or to the production area for cooking.
You can see that our flow patterns are developing, however this does not stop here. In our next article, we will talk more on the next flow of events. Keep in tune with Ellane Chefer blog!