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What Equipment Do You Need in Your Restaurant Kitchen?

What Equipment Do You Need in Your Restaurant Kitchen?

Stocking your restaurant kitchen is fundamental to opening a restaurant. You will need to store food and equipment, as well as cook the foods on your menu. Your kitchen staff will need the right restaurant equipment to prepare the foods that are on your menu. Your dishwashers will have to wash up dirty equipment. That is why it is important for you to know exactly what you will need to get started.

Refrigeration Equipment

Every restaurant, no matter what the menu, will need some type of refrigeration equipment. This will include some type of commercial refrigerator as well as a freezer. The size, style and capacity will be directly related to the type of restaurant you own and the quantity of food you serve.

Cooking Equipment

Cooking equipment is also a requirement of every restaurant, what varies is the type of equipment you will need. The type of equipment you will need will depend on the type of restaurant you own and the menu items you plan on serving. You need to make sure that you have the proper equipment that the chef and other staff members will need to prepare everything on your menu. There are some standard pieces of cooking equipment that most kitchens use including a gas range, some type of commercial oven and a flat top grill. You may also need specialized equipment such as a: pizza oven, panini press, charbroiler, steamer, deep-fryers, etc. depending upon your restaurant. Often, cooking equipment can be purchased online at great savings, with financing options, or purchased used at different venues.


Adequate cookware is essential to help your kitchen staff prepare the foods on your menu quickly and efficiently. You can always purchase cookware online at discounted prices, or find used cookware from other businesses that are closing down. If the used cookware is in good condition, it can be a good way of getting what you need without spending too much. As you buy your cookware, you will need sauté pans, stock pots for soups, sauce pans, baking sheets, baking pans and other cookware specific to your menu. This can include pizza screens, woks, double boilers, etc. You will also want to make sure that you have enough of each item to get you through an entire dinner service without having to wash pots and pans, which will help to prevent delays in getting food out to the customers.


Kitchen utensils are a constant need in any restaurant kitchen. Not only will you need to purchase utensils, you will need to purchase plenty of them. You do not want the kitchen staff to have to stop and wash utensils in order to finish cooking a meal. Some of the utensils you will need includes tongs, spatulas, knives, ladles, whisks and mixing bowls. You should consult with your chef about specific utensils that may be needed to create certain items on the menu.


You may not automatically think of the dinnerware as being a part of the kitchen itself, but it is. When the food is prepared, the staff needs the dinnerware to place it on. Even though you will need items such as cups, glasses and silverware, they are not usually counted as a part of the kitchen. However, bowls and plates are. Make sure that you have enough appetizer plates, salad plates, dessert plates and dinner plates to service all of your customers at the same time.

Additional Equipment

There is other equipment that is also essential for your commercial kitchen. There should be plenty of shelving for your dry storage. You will need prep tables to prepare your food. All kitchens must have commercial sinks, including hand sinks and ware washing sinks, as well as dishwashing equipment.

Smaller Things

Don't forget the small things on your list of required items. You will need floor mats, disposable gloves, pot and oven mitts, food saftey supplies and plenty of cleaning supplies.

Stocking your restaurant kitchen is big job. Planning out exactly what you will need for each task will help you figure out exactly what you will need in your restaurant's kitchen.

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