Hotel kitchens are not the same as domestic kitchens and their requirements may differ from other professional catering settings. The demands on a hotel can be extreme, and failing to equip or refurbish a busy kitchen can lead to disaster and lead to dissatisfied guests and low income.
Catering is as important a requirement of a hotel as accommodation and the quality of food and service must be correct. A poorly designed hotel kitchen can lead to poor service, a lack of quality in food, and a decline in hotel guests.
One of the first things to get right is the kitchen design, which must be thought through properly.
Everything should be close at hand and kitchen staff should not have to move around unnecessarily and most kitchens are divided into prep, cooking and serving areas, helping the service to run smoothly.
It is also important to ensure that there is enough space to work as it will reduce the risk of accidents and prevent personnel from getting in the way of others. Therefore, good planning is vital in the design and installation of a kitchen, proper reflection on how the kitchen will work will prevent flaws in the design process. It is often best to speak to experienced personnel who have to work in such an environment and who will be able to provide good feedback on what might be causing problems.
Feedback is also essential when it comes to kitchen appliances and catering equipment. It is also important to do it right and it should be practical and easy to clean. Quantity and size is also important to get right, as there are too few knives or other essential utensils, and staff will be frustrated waiting for others to arrive to finish the items.
Size should never be underestimated. A busy hotel restaurant will not only serve those who stay at the hotel, but its guests as well, and a good hotel restaurant can also attract non-customers, which can increase income potential.
The hotel kitchen is key to the smooth running of a good restaurant, and running smoothly will help ensure that the restaurant is popular and that guests are kept happy.