What Design Features Does Every Commercial Kitchen Need?

Before you start designing your commercial kitchen, you need to determine how the kitchen is going to operate in order to access what designs will suit your restaurant best. When evaluating your kitchen space and layout, it is also important to include service process and menu planning as these will affect how you want your kitchen to function. Regardless of cuisine type or restaurant type, there are some crucial features that all commercial kitchens should have to ensure smooth operation on a daily basis.


Proper ventilation is not only needed to maintain quality of air indoors, it will also affect the temperature of the kitchen as service progresses into a busy night. Keeping the work environment as pleasant as possible for kitchen staff and making sure that food odours are not lingering due to lack of air circulation will ensure the quality of food produced on the pass is kept consistent. Rangehoods should have vents that lead to the outside.


Good lighting allows your kitchen staff to see exactly what they are doing and helps to avoid accidents. Also remove any factors that causes of glare or reflection.


Making sure your commercial kitchen is energy-efficient not only saves you electricity, but also ensures the cooking is more consistent during a service. Consider strategically placing your fridge and freezers away from cooking equipment and have the exhaust system located as close to the cooking area as possible.

Smooth kitchen flow

The art of ergonomic kitchen configuration is to ensure the layout of the kitchen is most suitable for the number of staff working in it and that it is as user-friendly as it is functional at full capacity. This means configuring the layout such that staff will require the least amount of time to complete their tasks in a safe and sustainable manner.

Food and health safety

Making sure that your restaurant complies with your state’s regulations is important not just for the sake of obtaining your restaurant licence or permits. Taking care of your staff’s health and wellbeing will translate into better quality of food for your restaurant customers. Ensure that safety protocols are in place and practiced, review them on a regular basis with an industry professional to ensure they are up to date. There should definitely be a place for emergency tools as part of your commercial kitchen design plans.   

Looking to redesign your commercial space? Our team at 3D Kitchen Design can help you choose a suitable layout with the necessary features your kitchen needs. Whether it be for a café, fine dining restaurant or a modern bar, contact us at +61 411 414 605 or send us an email enquiry and our commercial kitchen design consultants will get in touch as soon as possible.


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3 Commercial Kitchen Trends In 2020

Commercial kitchen layouts and equipment can directly affect the restaurant ambiance and the types of food chefs make in the kitchen, leading to a whole new dining experience. Just as how everyone around the world can appreciate a plate of tasty food, not surprisingly trends in the commercial kitchens also reflect global trends. Keep your eyes peeled this year for these three commercial kitchen trends that will shake the hospitality industry in Sydney.


Sustainable Kitchen Appliances – commercial kitchen equipment

As the world is taking meaningful action around the problem of sustainability, kitchens around the world have also been making small changes and contributing their part. In 2020, this trend is here to stay. Composting and recycling will no longer be confined to just residential kitchens. We will see both bins make an entrance into commercial kitchens in a bid to encourage more sustainable practices in the kitchen.

Increasingly, chefs are also looking for kitchen solutions that use less energy, reducing energy consumption and costs. This may come in the form of combi ovens or other commercial washers commonly found in commercial kitchen. The focus of newer technology in the kitchen is no longer just about creating the next food trend, but also how the kitchen can be sustainable.  


Further Automation

Food delivery services are becoming the norm and with that, production kitchens must adapt. On-demand cooking, fast turnaround time and cashless payments only mean an increased emphasis on creating an efficient workflow by integrating point of sale systems within the kitchen setup. Touchscreens and mobile screens will be a permanent feature in commercial kitchens to help facilitate overall service instead of old systems of using physical tickets on an order rail.


Multipurpose Cooking Equipment

With growing rent a new trend in the food and beverage industry, commercial kitchens are shrinking fast. Chefs are looking towards opening the kitchen to open concept designs, allow customers to see the cooking process and where their dishes come from. In addition, there will be higher demand for commercial kitchen equipment with multiple functions to boost efficient use of space. From multifunction combi ovens to Bratt pans and boiling pots, these tools allow for several cooking methods will also reduce labour costs and possibly any costs incurred for staff training.


Design Your Sydney Commercial Kitchen With Us

Aside from key design features that is necessary in every commercial kitchen, our design consultants at 3D Kitchen Design can incorporate the latest commercial kitchen trends in your kitchen space. Let us help you organise your commercial kitchen or other hospitality fit outs in a way that suits your Sydney restaurant best. Contact us at 0411 414 605 or email us your enquiries and we will get back to you as soon as we can!


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