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What Kitchen Equipment Is Essential For Opening A Restaurant?

11 Jun 2020, 5:26 PM

What kitchen equipment is essential for opening a restaurant?

To set up a restaurant youíre going to need to be stocked up with the best commercial kitchen equipment you can purchase.

Your kitchen will need heavy-duty equipment that can serve up the best food and dishes day after day to your hungry customers. Your kitchen is where your restaurant will be made or broken, so itís always worth investing in the best kitchen equipment that you can.

To help get started with your new restaurant, hereís our commercial kitchen equipment checklist!

Cooking Ranges

The most important equipment you need to purchase for your commercial kitchen will be your cooking ranges. Without a way to actually cook your food, you wonít have much of a restaurant!

Cooking ranges can be purchased in a huge variety of styles, designs and sizes. At a minimum, you need hot plates for frying, a grill for grilling and of course, boiling tops for boiling.

The exact layout and arrangement will depend on how many people you serve and what type of food youíre cooking - if itís burgers and steaks, youíll want more hot plates and grills; for traditional stew based, rice or pasta dishes, youíre going to need more boiling tops.

Food Preparation Counters

But you also need a place to prepare your food before cooking it. Alongside your cooking ranges, your kitchen will need food preparation counters.

These should be heavy-duty, stainless steel counters to make cleaning easier, while you should also invest in quality chopping boards perhaps colour coded to the specific food and preparation method.

Fridges and Freezers

Fridges and freezers are essential pieces of kitchen equipment, and any commercial restaurant will need a practical way to keep their ingredients cool or frozen.

Commercial fridges are much larger than domestic appliances and can provide you with ample room to store all your fresh produce or the best cuts of meat at the optimum conditions. A commercial freezer will be essential to enable you to buy in bulk and store ingredients long term at a more cost-effective price point, or offer items such as frozen desserts on your menu.


Kitchen utensils are also incredibly important, and thereís a vast range of equipment that you can have stocked in your restaurant. Which utensils you actually need will depend on what youíre cooking and serving. For example, having a pasta maker to make your own fresh pasta will impress your clientele, while specialist fruit corers and slices are ideal for those serving up impressive looking desserts, breakfasts and brunches.

Essential utensils though will include everything from sharp chefs knives through to thermometers to check food safety, food processors, blenders and mixing bowls. You will need oven gloves, chopping boards, baking trays, pots, pans, griddles and so much more to run a commercial kitchen efficiently.

Commercial Dishwashers

Of course, to round off your essential kitchen equipment, youíre going to need a way to keep everything clean.

If youíre running a commercial restaurant, then you need to keep up a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness, so as well as regular scrubbing, mopping and scouring of the kitchen services and equipment, itís worth investing in a commercial dishwasher.

This will not only alleviate the pressure on your team but will keep all your kitchen utensils, cooking pans, pots, knives, cutlery, plates and bowls sparkling clean.

Here at, we stock a huge range of essential commercial restaurant equipment. You can browse through our website to find the kitchen equipment you need to get your restaurant business started!

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