Piecing Together Your Dream Kitchen

Whether you own your own restaurant, food cart, or bakery, or simply love cooking within your home, it is crucial to have the right tools for the job. Cooking is an art, and having the right kitchen setup allows you to give your creations your own unique flair without the hassle and headache. So what are these tools? And which of them do you need? Let’s take a look.


Probably the first (and biggest) investment you’ll make in your kitchen will be your range and oven. Obviously, the needs in this area will vary greatly by venue. A food cart, for instance, will benefit greatly from a griddle with a large cooking surface; as this offers tons of versatility to cover all of their cooking needs; but they probably won’t be using (or have room for) an oven on site. A bakery, on the other hand, is likely to be all about the oven and have a much smaller need for the range, if any at all. For your home kitchen needs, a basic oven/range combo that offers the options that fit your style best will probably be all that you need. Being that this is likely to be the cooking medium you use every day, day-in and day-out, it is going to be worth your investment. So go ahead and splurge in this area; there will be plenty of opportunity to save in other areas later that won’t cost you in performance.

What about something like a barbecue joint? They will have a variety of choices depending on their specific menu, but will probably need an oven and range along with something like a smoker or even a rotisserie. A pizza place also will have an array of options, whether they want a traditional oven, a conveyor-style oven, or even a built in brick oven; their choice here is part of what will make their menu unique.

hooMoving on from the range/oven topic, what other major appliances will add to your ideal kitchen? Again, it will depend greatly on your specialty. There is a world of options, and you will need to choose what fits your menu and style the best. Something like a deli or sandwich shop will have need of a meat or cheese slicer. Others will benefit a great deal fromĀ  commercial microwaves and commercial grade meat grinder, while the home cook can easily manage without these large items.

Any kitchen, commercial or private, will need a cooler, refrigerator, or freezer. This is another appliance that is worth the investment to get good quality up front. Though these can be quite expensive, the less repairs needed down the road, as well as the ease of use that generally comes with these high-end products will more than make up for the cost.