Planning Your Restaurant Kitchen
Restaurant kitchens are made up of various stations. There are prep stations, sauté stations, pizza stations, salad stations. Depending on the size and style of your restaurant, you may have a few stations or you may have several. Consider your restaurant menu when planning your kitchen. Do you have a lot of salads? Then a salad station will be ideal. A lot of grilled food? Then a larger grill will help get food out of the kitchen faster. Space is another important consideration. If your restaurant kitchen is going to be housed in a small space, that is going to limit your plans, as well.
Stocking Your Restaurant Kitchen
Once you have planned your restaurant kitchen, next you need to outfit it with all the right commercial equipment. Restaurant kitchens are a good place to stock up on used equipment. You can often pick up restaurant dishes, serving utensils and other small items for pennies on the dollar. Larger pieces of equipment, such as commercial ovens or grills, can also be bought be used with plenty of life left in them. You should also consider the benefits of leasing restaurant equipment, such as ice makers, which have a pretty short life span. Read reviews of restaurants stoves and other restaurant equipment.
Maintain Your Restaurant Kitchen
Once you are open for business, your restaurant kitchen will always be busy (well, that's the plan anyway!) so it is important to have plan for keeping it in clean, smooth running order. Create a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly kitchen cleaning list that outlines everything that needs to be taken care of, from wiping down prep stations to cleaning grease traps. Keep a checklist handy so that daily jobs get done and employees don't try to put them off for the next shift. Regular cleaning of a restaurant kitchen can also help cut down on food spoilage and waste, saving you money.
Staff Your Restaurant Kitchen
The most important part of any restaurant kitchen are the people who work in it. Finding the right person for the right kitchen job is essential for a smooth running restaurant. While many jobs in a restaurant kitchen are perfect entry level positions, such as dishwasher or prep cook, others require years of experience. Be selective when hiring restaurant cooks, chefs and managers. Look for people who not only know how to cook but can also work as part of a team.