Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Whether operating your own restaurant or starting a catering business, having the right commercial restaurant equipment available is necessary. More than just for convenience, the right restaurant equipment allows you to ensure the health and safety of those preparing and consuming the fine cuisine you are offering. From ranges to commercial kitchen cutlery, knowing what is available allows you to make a better-informed decision on what restaurant equipment will best serve your needs.

What equipment is generally needed to start a restaurant?

Basic equipment needed when starting a restaurant includes convection ovens and ranges, refrigeration equipment, a freezer, a dishwasher, commercial utensils, work tables, and cookware. However, depending on the specific type of commercial establishment that is being operated, there is specialty cooking equipment that is needed in addition to the basics. Here is a more specific look at what you'll need for a:

  • Bakery: Specialty tools needed when operating a bakery include temperature controlled display cases, mixers, cake decorating tools, baker's rakes, bread slicers, baking sheets, proofers, and walk-in coolers.
  • Fast food restaurant: Special equipment for a fast food restaurant includes fryers, grills, and warmer stations.
  • Deli: To ensure safe food preparation when operating a deli, specialty tools needed include a proofer, mixer, temperature controlled deli case, meat slicer, and easy-grab refrigerator.
  • Pizzeria: To operate a pizzeria, you will need pizza ovens, warming lamps, pizza pans, a pizza stone, and a large can opener.
  • Fine Dining establishment: When starting a fine dining restaurant, you will need a glassware washer, buffet station, mixer, baker's rakes, and plenty of refrigeration equipment.
  • Bar and Grill: A bar and grill operation requires a glassware washer, grills, fryers, and warming stations.
What is the difference between commercial conventional and convection ovens?

While both convection and conventional ovens allow you to properly prepare food in the kitchen, there is a big difference in the way these pieces of restaurant equipment function, and the differences are:

  • Conventional: Conventional ovens operate by radiating heat from the bottom of the appliance.
  • Convection: Convection ovens use fans to circulate heat throughout the entire appliance so that food is more evenly heated at a quicker rate of time.
What falls under the definition of commercial kitchen equipment?

Kitchen equipment is often defined as the appliances necessary for food preparation and storage within a commercial setting. This can include appliances such as walk-in coolers, easy-grab refrigerators, freezers, ovens and ranges, fryers, dishwashers, warewashing equipment, and work tables. Kitchen cooking equipment can also mean other tools such as mixers, baker's racks, and cookware, including stockpots and pans.