The most valued entity when it comes to commercial kitchens is space, which today is necessitating a re-evaluation of the equipment needed. Here, technology plays a central role in optimizing the existing setup
Though this may sound straightforward enough, there exist plenty of individual moving parts that could make or break the entire operation. Topping the list of subjects are issues such as reducing labor, decreasing food waste, cutting down power/water consumption and maximizing kitchen space for optimal operation.
To achieve these aims, owners/operators of F&B outlets need to consider investing in remote-controlled equipment, offering smart cooking technology to alleviate the stress of preparing highly time-sensitive recipes and guarantee perfect and consistent results every time.
Another major built-in function deserving serious consideration is the multi-combi equipment that serves several major functions. Thanks to their design, these pieces allow room for other essential equipment, while also eliminating the need to move from one device to another, thereby allowing the user to better focus on the task at hand. Also, given that in a commercial kitchen, the various types of dishes require different cooking styles, chances are that a combi device is capable of processing most of these. Another point worth considering is that due to the constant need to save on space, some manufacturers now offer models that are stackable and operate vertically, rather than utilizing horizontal workspace.
With open kitchens becoming the norm, it would be wise to consider investing not only in a machine capable of fulfilling all possible culinary scenarios, but one that also looks visually appealing, without sacrificing function. This kind of setup also communicates transparency and cleanliness, while allowing for a more personal eating-out experience.
Considering that in all probability, most of these machines will be operating at least 18 hours a day, it would be wise to select items that are EnergyStar certified. One of the most reputed industry standards, this certification means machines have been rigorously tried and tested to withstand the harshest of conditions.
HN interviewed a selection of owners, manufacturers and importers of some of the finest machinery on the market, while also exploring some of the trends fueling demand for heavy kitchen equipment, and the initiatives, projects and products worth highlighting.