Restaurant kitchen Designs
What you need to know to choose the most efficient restaurant kitchen design in accordance to your restaurant needs?
In this article you will find all the important information that you need to consider when designing a restaurant kitchen as well as practical tips and ideas for maximum utilization of the kitchen space and its functionality.
Mistakes that has been made in the design of restaurant dining room can be repaired or redesign more or less easy. But when we talk about the restaurant’s kitchen where the change of design requiring to make changes in the kitchen installations, such as those for water supply and drainage, electrical wiring, gas supply and other installations then you have big problem and more expensive task.
However, mistakes often happen, and to avoid those mistakes by yourself read this guide before designing a restaurant kitchen.
Who Should Be in Your Team For Kitchen Design?
You work in restaurant business for a long time and you think there is no need that anyone advise you how should supposed to look your kitchen? You are making a big mistake. Sometimes the best advises and suggestions come from people that you least expected, like your spouse :).
A plumber knows better then you where it would be convenient to install a dishwasher? Are you sure? Not really.
Of course, in your team for kitchen design you will include plumbers, electricians and builders but after you made consultation with your chef and experienced designer. Nothing is as useful as tips resulting from the working experience acquired in the kitchen as well as designing.
What you need to know before you go into planning of commercial restaurant kitchen is what your restaurant offers on its menu. Accordingly, your chef will know everything about process of preparation and what kind of restaurant equipment is necessary. He or she will also best to know where and how to deploy people from his/her team for maximum efficiency, and the designer will take advantage to design the kitchen to be the most functional.
Only after their suggestions involve people in charge for building and installation. It happens very often that your electricians, plumbers and builders can’t see your vision with your eyes and deny the possibility of implementing the ideas into action. Do not give up! Seek for the second opinion from another company or craftsman, and a third one if necessary or offer more money to make the work done properly as you planned. In the long term that will certainly pay off!
Characteristics of Good Restaurant Kitchen Design
Your restaurant kitchen is well designed if it has following characteristics:
Ergonomics kitchen design. The ergonomic design minimized movement of kitchen staff while they working in the kitchen. This is one of the most important factors that influence in the time savings for cooking the meals and reduces the risks associated with accidents in the kitchen. Also, unwanted food spilling is minimized.
Energy efficiency. Kitchen design directly affects the energy consumption. This is one of the most important factors that you need to consider when planning commercial restaurant kitchen. For example, placing the cookers in one location reduces energy costs for range hoods.
The appropriate size of the commercial kitchen. Size of restaurant kitchen should be proportional to the size of the restaurant or better say the number of seats in the restaurant. Of course, different types of restaurants have different needs, but there is a ratio of the size and capacity of the restaurant kitchen. The general rule is that for every seat in the restaurant is necessary to provide at least 5 square feet of kitchen space. This means that in restaurant with 60 seats restaurant kitchen should take area of 300 square feet. (source)
. I might note that some chefs seek to have different gadgets, but every good chef will handle with tools that are available. But in other hand, if you fill out their desires they will be more satisfied. Give them a chance, let them explain the benefits of the use of certain kitchens tools and then decide about their necessity.
Good ventilation. Working in the kitchen is not possible without a very good ventilation. The presence of steam and smoke in the restaurant kitchen is unacceptable, if not dangerous and unhealthy for your employees. Also, you do not want that your guests “smells” on food after they leave your restaurant. This is one of main reason why I use food delivery service of some restaurants.