How can I improve my kitchen performance? Kitchen performance can be a matter of design so the answer to that question could lie in the tools we use: well-designed kitchen appliances.
All things considered, design is simply a means to an end, and the end is getting the whole commercial kitchen to perform better. The important part is knowing what to consider in the design of professional kitchen appliances to work out how they can help to improve kitchen performance.
Here are some key points:
Cleaning design and kitchen performance
Kitchen appliances designed for more effective and rapid cleaning have a positive impact on kitchen performance. And it’s even better when the appliance design encompasses self-cleaning and self-draining processes.
Kitchen performance and ergonomics: human-machine interface
The interface design of appliances can really boost kitchen performance.
On a physical level, with a well-designed interface, time and supplies are saved, the chances of operator injuries drop and machines break less often: the same tasks can be done more quickly, with a lower risk of critical staff shortages caused by sick leave. And it’s even better when professional kitchen appliances are designed to consider a combined human-machine interaction. For example, shifting trays between appliances is more difficult when the combi oven and blast chiller doors both open to the right than if you have one door opening to the left and the other to the right… Not to mention the possibility of using the same tray for both. Clearly, the design of the two appliances should consider the simultaneous interaction of a human with both.
On a cognitive level, kitchen performance is improved when interfaces, control panels and instructions are simple and user-friendly: employees need less training and they don’t have to be highly experienced to operate the appliance.
Automated options to boost kitchen performance
High-end kitchen appliances can give the option to automate the more frequent cooking or food preparation cycles, which saves time and reduces errors, with a positive effect on kitchen performance.
Improving kitchen performance with connection
Connected kitchen appliances can be a real plus for kitchen performance.
Sensors and machine intelligence reduce operating time, bring down error rates, and spread out downtime more evenly: with a remote-controlled oven you won’t have to turn it on and wait for it to reach the correct temperature. An oven that communicates with a blast chiller in a cook-and-chill process is even better: the blast chiller starts operating exactly when needed. You don’t have to check a thing; you just transfer the tray from one appliance to the other.
Streamlined workflow for kitchen performance
Appliances should be designed to work well together in order to have a real impact on kitchen performance, adapting to each other in an intelligent and streamlined workflow. That’s why in most cases it is better to have one supplier who can deliver full-service solutions to improve kitchen performance.