Restaurant Kitchen Trends and Improvements for 2017

With the new year here, restaurant owners are making decisions on how to improve their business in 2017. While customer service is also important, the main focus of a restaurant is the kitchen. The kitchen is where the food is produced and the food is what keeps people coming back again and again. In today's blog, we discuss a few restaurant kitchen trends and improvements you might consider for 2017.

1. Energy-Efficient Equipment

If you haven't already done so, consider upgrading your commercial kitchen equipment to energy-efficient appliances. An investment in energy-saving equipment will pay off for years to come. Consider slowly converting to Energy Star-rated freezers, walk-ins, ovens and fryers throughout the year. You will see a decrease in your electricity bills.

2. High Speed Ovens 

High-speed ovens are ideal for quick and limited service restaurants, convenience stores, hotels and universities. They can cook up to 15 times faster than conventional cooking methods. For example, they can toast a sandwich in just 50 seconds. They are also ventless and are easy to install.

3. Combination Ovens

If your restaurant prepares a lot of food items in bulk, a combination oven might be a good kitchen improvement. Whether you're cooking by steam, convection or smoking, these ovens are great for bulk cooking. They can be used to cook a variety of foods for all different types of restaurants. Popular models even have the Energy Star rating.

4. Automated Fryers

Automated frying is another increasing trend in the restaurant industry. Automated fryers feature rotary fry baskets, independent controllers for each frying vat, on-demand activation, auto-filtration and oil management. Once cooked, the fried food is held on troughs where forced hot air keeps the food warm.

5. Zero-Waste Kitchen Movement 

This movement of practicing less waste in kitchen is said to intensify in 2017. Many restaurants are already rethinking what they would typically throw in the garbage. Repurposing waste is becoming more popular. Caluiflower ends can be turned into a rice substitute and juice pulp can be used for burgers.   

6. Cloud-Based Kitchen Operating System

Logistics and inventory management are common challenges for many restaurants. Integrating a cloud-based kitchen operating system could be a great solution. These systems provide tools for improving efficiency in the kitchen, from replenishment of food supplies at the restaurant to preparing meal orders. They also involve management for labor productivity enhancement, inventory, in-store analytics, equipment connectivity and overall kitchen management and control.

Everything revolves around technology these days, and restaurants are becoming no different. Try to embrace these technology trends in your business and set yourself up for success in 2017! While restaurant kitchens may be changing and updating, there's still a need for properly working commercial kitchen equipment. Fast Fix LLC is here to help your business succeed in the new year, by providing restaurant equipment repair in Missouri and Western Illinios. For all your commercial kitchen equipment repair needs, give us a call at 573-254-3748.

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9403 County Road 154
Auxvasse, MO 65231

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