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5 Ways For Handling Working In A Commercial Kitchen

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5 Ways For Handling Working In A Commercial Kitchen

Commercial kitchens are particularly hectic environments and accodents can happen all the time.  Whether you are about to just start working in the culinary industry or are moving to a different job in another kitchen, there are a few main principles that will allow you to better handle the demands and potential hazards of the job.  Here at Target Catering we can help you start off your new job well

Stay Calm Under Pressure

The chaotic nature of commercial kitchens is no secret.  As particularly high stress environments, it takes a lot of focus to stay calm unde the pressure.  Learning the right discipline to prevent any nerves ir meltdownsis essential to doing the best job you can.  If you let the pressure overcome you, you are far lass likely to enjoy what you do.  Finding enjoyment in work will give you o=more purpose and prove that you can handle tricky situations whilst still smiling.

Be Clean And Organised

Health, safety and hygiene are all of major importance within a commercial kitchen.  Keeping on top of you own working space will show that you are attentive to your job, and will encourage productivity.  No on can work in an untidy space and it is even more imperatiev to be vigilant within a kitchen.  Customers aren't likely to return if the food causes sicknessor looks messy.  Try to keep your jacket or apron as clean as possible too.

Know Your Kitchen Surroundings

Having a thorough understanding of the kitchen space and structure will allow you to move around more confidently and with ease.  You will be one of many other people working within the kitchen so keeping within your own space and letting others know where you are when you move outside of this space will prevent any accidents.

Understand The Menu

Even if you have just started the job you will be expected to know the menu.  Although it takes time and practice to learn all of the details, having the basic understanding of what your customers might ask for will better prepare you fao the task of cooking it.  Be familiar with the restaurant itself, the food that can be ordered, and the chef's reputation.  This initila research is really beneficial and can prevent many problems or awkward situations from arising.

Work Out An Efficient Routine

Efficiency is at the forefront of a commercial kitchen to prevent the 'chaos' from truly getting out of hand.  Make sure your movements are deliberate and necessary every time.  Try to minimise the amount of time spent moving by working out a more efficient are maximised.  Once you can break down your routine you will find a practice that suits you and produces the best end results.

A culinary career can be an incredibly rewarding but tough one.  At Target Catering we offer a wide range of equipment specially designed for commercial kitchens.  Contact us today to find out more about our products and bespoke equipment services.

 

5 Tips For Avoiding Fires In Commercial Kitchens

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5 Tips For Avoiding Fires In Commercial Kitchens

With the busy and hectic environment of commercial kitchens, it can be easy to let the principle rules of health and safety slip slightly.  Always being attentive to fire hazards and maintaining a clean and tidy workspace is vital when avoiding kitchen fires.  At Target Catering we put safety at the forefront which is why we design bespoke pieces and layout ideas to help your business run smoothly and hazard-free.

 


Ventilaiton Equipment

Commercial kitchens introduce new hazards that aren't present in residential kitchens.  Due to the large scale of the cooking that is done, high volumes of contaminated air is likely.  The grease particles generated by restaurant cooking appliances can be handled efficiently by proper ventilation equipment.  Fitting a suitable commercial hood will help keep the kitchen environment safer and the air cleaner, for both workers and customers.

Swap Animal Fats With Vegetable Fats

Most commercial kitchens have made big steps towards cutting out ani,al fats from their food preparation.  With the rise of mor health-conscious customers, vegetable fats are a much healthier way of cooking.  Although animal fats are far greasier and can induce quicker spreading fires, cooking with vegetable fats oroduces more smoke.  Having a proper ventilation system is, thereofre, essential.  The temperature also needs to be higher when cookng with vegetable fats, so extra care should be taken.

Keep All Appliances Serviced

Even businesses working on budgets can't afford for the appliances in their commercial kitchen to fall into disrepair.  Old or breaking appliances can cause many hazards ranging from minor to incredibly dangerous.  It is the responsibility of all kitchen staff to keep an eye on appliances and report any that may be acting strangely.  If repairs can't be made then money needs to be found to replace them. Regularly cleaning appliances can incerase their lifetime too.

 


Wipe Any Spills As Quickly As Possible

Spillages can cause a number of different hazards in the kitchen such as slips and fires.  If oil or grease is constantly spattering onto the workspace or stove area it increases the likelihood of a fire.  Monitor these fire hazards by always cleaning up any spills as quickly as possible.  Wet surfaces introduce slip hazards too which can be particularly dangerous in a kitchen environment.

Keep Cloths Out Of The Way Of Stoves

Although you need to keep cloths handy to wipe down surfaces, they must never be left lying around or close to stoves.  As well as grease build-ups being flammable, cloths will allow fires to spread quickly too.  Even if stoves are off, nothing flammable should be placed close by as heat can still cause fire outbreaks, especially at the high temperatures needed for cooking in commercial kitchens.

Have a look at our range of commercial kitchen equipment at Target Catering.  With you needs and bidget in mind, you will be able to find something to suit your business.  For more information, please contact us today.

5 Tips For Providing Excellent Customer Service In Your Catering Company

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5 Tips For Providing Excellent Customer Service In Your Catering Company

Providing excellent customer service may be overlooked by some catering companies but the best ones will pay particular attention to their customers.  At Target Catering Equipment our thorough experience in the world of catering equipment and commercial kitchen design has shown us just how valuable good customer service is.  Follow these tips to boost your company's reputation.

Good manners, always!

Greeting customers with a friendly and professional manner makes a big impact on your company from the very start.  Throughout service time 'please' and 'thank you' really does work.  Your customers should always come first and are always right.  Remaining patient and diplomatic even in pressurised situations is key.  Good manners should be something you don't even need to think about.

Know your menu

It can be a bit embarrassingif a customer asks about a specific item on the menu or a drink and you are unsure.  Get fully acquainted with the food and drinks menus....there's only so many times you can use the excuse that you are new!  If your catering company offers specials or deals mak sure you know what these are before you start your shift.

Be willing to adapt

With food allergies, specific diet requirements, and religious needs becoming increasingly common, being flexible to your customer's wants will impress.  Be ready and willing to adapt your menu in order to best satisfy the customer.  Keep a clear note of any requirements so that you can report these backto the chef correctly.

Keep a clean premises

Being vigilant to all areas of your premises is a must for any catering company.  Remaining attentive to when your customers have finished eating or are leaving will create a more efficient cleaning system, maximising the number of cutomers you can get through the door and seated.  Learn more about keeping a clean commercial kitchen from our previous blog article.

The little things go a long way

Certain things you do can make your customer's time that extra bit special.  Showing you care and are fully attentive to their needs really does go a long way.  Neglecting your customers will instantly lead to unsatisfied customers.  Ask if everything is alright with their order and if there is a problem keep them informed and apologise for the issue or delay.  You may even be able to offer some way of compensating for this issue or fault such as offering complimentary drinks, starters or a voucher for their next visit.

For more tios and advice on maintaining your commercial kitchen and catering business have a look through the rest of our blog.  Don't hesitate to contact us at Target Catering Equipment with any queries about our products and services.