Novel solutions have automated everyday kitchen processes.
Indeed, the advent of the IoT has enabled equipment like refrigerators, ovens, pans and grills to communicate and share high level networks, eliminating the need for human intervention.
Foodservice companies must find ways to reduce costs without sacrificing food quality or customer experience. For this reason, many restaurateurs are using technology, automation and even robotics to improve daily kitchen operations.
Considering the potential disruptive factors of foodservice equipment, we predict that sustainability will become more important, kitchen equipment will become smarter and delivery will remain a driving factor.
We forecast that:
Back-of-house operations will become fully automated as costs fall, and flexible, reprogrammable robotics will become more sophisticated.
The restaurant of the future will be smaller with more automated kitchen equipment, and the typical kitchen layout may change. Artificial intelligence with knowledge of cooking techniques, food chemistry and recipes will be capable of delivering new culinary and beverage experiences.
Through technological advancements, more restaurants will be designed to reduce the use of energy and water, as well as minimizing waste.
In order to keep your commercial kitchen ahead of the curve, below are some key future-proof kitchen automation features to invest in:
A back-of-house solution that can integrate with all the devices in your restaurant is a smart choice. As a restaurant operator, you will no doubt want to create a more efficient and profitable restaurant. This is where kitchen data becomes essential. A number of kitchen display systems (KDS) are now starting to gather data from every stage of the guest’s dining journey, creating a more personalized experience from the first contact until they leave your restaurant. With this data to hand, restaurant operators can use it to create marketing campaigns and identify bottlenecks. In addition, a number of kitchen automation systems offer a business intelligence app for restaurant owners. Through the app, operators can set alerts for when a particular metric falls below standards.
Apart from automated kitchen features, there are a number of automated kitchen appliances of note:
Automated controls and cooking processes cut labor and eliminate safety issues while boosting the quality and consistency of fried foods.
Combi ovens make it possible for chefs to perform an impressive array of functions.
Energy costs in the foodservice sector are three times higher per square foot compared to other industries. Therefore, it is important to install a system that can monitor HVAC energy usage, as well as provide real-time alerts when problems arise. Restaurateurs who invest in the right kitchen technology will benefit from higher profits and growth, not only in the coming year but well into the future.