Designing Commercial Kitchen

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.
Design Commercial Kitchen Layout
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.

3. Preparation

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!
Food Preparation with Chef at Kitchen

Induction Technology is Making a Buzz

We heard a lot of buzz going on about the next best thing in the Food & Beverage industry: Cooking with induction cook top equipments. Induction cooking is not a radical brand new technology – it has long been widely used around the world, both by professionals and homeowners. But in the last few years this technology has improved so much and the costs have simultaneously dropped so much as well. This leads to the proliferation of the use of induction technology, not only for commercial cooking but also in home industry.

Chef Cooking with Induction Technology

Unlike traditional cooking methods that involve either chemical like gas, wood, coal or electric, to generate and transfer the heat to the cooking vessels, induction cooking does not involve generating heat. Induction technology makes the cooking vessel itself the original generator of the cooking heat.

How does an induction cooker do that? Put simply, an induction-cooker element (what on a gas stove would be called a “burner”) is a powerful, high-frequency electromagnet, with the electromagnetism generated by sophisticated electronics in the “element” under the unit’s ceramic surface.

Induction Cooking Process Flow Diagram

When a good-sized piece of magnetic material, such as, a cast-iron skillet is placed in the magnetic field that the element is generating, the field transfers (“induces”) energy into that metal. That transferred energy causes the metal – the cooking vessel – to become hot. By controlling the strength of the electromagnetic field, we can control the amount of heat being generated in the cooking vessel and we can change that amount instantaneously.

Ellane & Chefer are specialists in induction cooking and commercial kitchen equipments. If you have any inquiry regarding this, please feel free to contact one of our consultants who will be able assist you further.

How to Design Restaurant Kitchen

Kitchen Design Cooking Area, The Working Triangle, Kitchen Layout

A well designed kitchen can add significant value to your restaurant however there are always pitfalls and we highly recommend you that designing a restaurant kitchen is best left to the professionals like us.

If you are going to build or renovate a restaurant kitchen, your general kitchen contractor will need a set of construction documents, often referred to as “working drawings”. These documents are drawn on a CAD system and encompass space plans, layouts, elevations, schedules and details. Some drafted drawings can be provided upfront by restaurant owners, however if there is not one yet, we can always assist based on a mutual agreement.

Getting the layout right and accurate is imperative to restaurant kitchen design. No matter what your budget, area size and style, every kitchen layout should be designed around what experts call the ‘Golden Triangle’. This involves grouping together the equipments and work areas that are most important to you:

  1. Food preparation (e.g. fridge / freezer, microwave, other refrigeration)
  2. Cooking and serving (e.g. oven, cooktop / hob / kwali range, exhaust hood)
  3. Washing up (e.g. sink bowl, grease trap, dishwasher)

The three work areas mentioned above must be close to each other, positioned at three sides of the triangle, creating a friendly working environment. To be ideal, these activity zones should not be more than three metres apart, so you can move easily between them. Each activity zone needs to include working table(s) / worktop(s) and appliances required for that activity, the zone will also require storage space for the related equipments, utensils, etc.

Chefs In Commercial Kitchen Working Together

Gallery Kitchen Design Layout, Open Plan, Working TriangleOne of the most common design layouts used by restaurants is ‘Gallery’. Gallery style is featured in many commercial kitchens, as it provides two opposing working and storage areas, ideal for providing open plan area whereby there can be multiple chefs working close simultaneously.

A well-executed commercial kitchen design requires step-by-step planning and patience including equipments & facilities. Successful projects do not just happen by accident, they depend on an orderly planning process.

Our commitment to your success is most important to us. We work closely with you to create and implement the most optimal design for your restaurant kitchen. Client satisfaction is our top priority – Contact Our Ellane Kitchen Engineers today who are dedicated to satisfying you as our valuable client. That’s why our clients come back to us again and again for new restaurant ventures and re-modelling projects.

Designing Your Home Kitchen

Natural Kitchen Design

Designing your kitchen to suit your home and lifestyle that reflects your personality is challenging as you want it to be as perfect as possible. A kitchen is an area used for food preparation and cooking. Your kitchen is not just a place for cooking and washing up, it’s a social centre, a shared room for your family and friends to experiment different kinds of food and often, is the heart of your home.

The Whole Family, Father, Mother, Kids at Kitchen

These days, modern kitchen functions not only as a communal place for cooking or preparing food but it may also be used for dining and entertaining. A successful kitchen renovation will reinforce this and complement your individual needs and lifestyle.

When you are renovating a kitchen, there are various factors that come into play, including cost, area size, usage, style, finishes, positioning, and the list goes on and on. Because the cost of the renovation will depend on your choice of materials and finishes, it is sometimes best to have a rough idea first of how much money you wish to invest and which materials you are looking to include.

While it may be tempting to save money by using your existing kitchen appliances, you would not buy a new car with a second-hand engine. Your kitchen appliances are the engine of your kitchen, therefore you need to carefully think through when deciding whether or not you need new appliances, kitchen set, utensils, etc. in your newly renovated kitchen.

Warm Chocolate Kitchen Design with Contemporary Style and Finishes

If you are thinking about designing or renovating your kitchen, whether from scratch custom built or adding some finishing touches, manufactured and ready for you to install, then you have come to the right place. You can trust us in exploring the diverse range of cost saving, innovative ideas, functional products and stylish accessories, so you can get started building your own kitchen.

We can do the hard work for you by creating your perfect kitchen with the assistance of our impressive helpful planning guide, full of advice to help you plan, design, order and install from none to a complete and contemporary kitchen.

Talk to one of our Ellane Kitchen Sales Engineers today and we would be happy to assist you with your kitchen building and renovation. Happy renovating!