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How to Kit Out Your Commercial Kitchen
Team Offbeat | 13 Jun

With rising rents and higher overheads, kitchens are getting smaller and more expensive to run. We take a look at how to maximise your kitchen’s potential to ensure an economic, functional and practical space.


With so many decisions to make and a vast range of equipment to choose from, planning a kitchen fit-out can be a daunting task. The best place to start is by fully understanding the needs of your restaurant in terms of menu and number of covers. Imagine your business at its busiest and then calculate the size of kit you need to meet the demands of your menu.

A common mistake is purchasing equipment that won’t meet the needs of your business a few years down the line. Without over estimating, you should factor in potential growth to avoid requiring equipment upgrades earlier than expected.


One of the most important things to consider is how you look after your kitchen. Regular aftercare and servicing can considerably increase the longevity of your equipment.

Additionally, we recommend that you create cleaning and servicing task lists based on equipment maintenance manuals. Completed by the team – daily, weekly and quarterly-check lists can largely increase performance as well as reduce energy consumption and utility costs.

Energy Efficiency

Refrigeration is the biggest user of energy in a commercial kitchen. Purchasing ‘energy rating A’ appliances can considerably help reduce their negative environmental impact.

Induction cooking is up to 50% more efficient than traditional hobs. Magnets are used to provide heat instead of elements, resulting in no wasted heat. Induction hobs also have the added benefits of being a safer, quicker and more precise way to cook.

Choosing equipment requires a solid operational understanding of kitchens and solid menu planning. If you’re planning on setting up a commercial kitchen and need help, give us a call – that’s what we are here for!

By Charlotte Phillips

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