The Pursuit of Optimum Kitchen Efficiency

In a booming industry its more important than ever for professional kitchens to operate efficiently

The hospitality sector is the UK’s fourth largest employer, having grown quicker than any other sector since the 2008 recession.

While the sector is booming, it’s still one of the most challenging times for businesses, with an ongoing skills shortage and growing pressure from discerning customers. To stand out from the crowd, catering businesses are implementing effective, innovative and creative ways to continually improve and develop.

Many would argue that the back of house operation is the backbone of all hospitality establishments and for a commercial business to succeed, it needs to be operating as efficiently as possible. This is where the phrase ‘a well-oiled machine’ springs to mind. BRITA Professional conducted research to identify the main challenges to productivity in kitchens today, and advice for businesses that are striving to ‘filter out’ previously inefficient practices.

It’s the golden age for eating out in Britain. Never before has such high-quality food and range of cuisines been widely available for consumers to choose from, yet this is putting pressure on catering staff  and their equipment to consistently produce excellent food, often in very short spaces of time and at competitive prices.

Being super-efficient and finding ways to save time and money in the kitchen is more pressing than ever. It may sound dramatic but a kitchen that doesn’t operate as effectively as possible can impact on all areas of the business and the sector as a whole.

Overall, the UK hospitality industry is set to grow by 1.5% this year, yet consumer spending on eating out has fallen – this is largely due to limited wage growth. As such, well-managed, customer-centric and creative businesses will stand out in the crowded marketplace.

We’re lucky enough to work in such a vibrant sector where no two businesses are the same, so it’s all about finding the most efficient processes and solutions which work best for the individual establishment, its staff and customer base. There are some key steps operators can take to ensure their kitchen is delivering its best, such as investing in staff training, running routine preventative maintenance on appliances and helping employees to have a healthy work life balance.

At BRITA Professional, our aim is to support businesses in their pursuit of optimum kitchen efficiency. Whether that’s through providing preventative maintenance advice and technology in the form of our market-leading water filters and dispensers for commercial catering equipment, supplying the tools to provide a consistent food offer, or providing insights into best practice via reports. While it’s a challenging time in the sector, it’s also an exciting one and we can’t wait to see what innovations hospitality businesses continue to implement to create the ultimate collaborative kitchen.

The expert's view: advice from a leading chef

Hayden Groves, Executive Chef at BaxterStorey

Hayden Groves, professional chef

If an oven, fridge, freezer or piece of dish washing equipment stops working, it’s a chef’s worst nightmare. The impact of kitchen equipment breakdowns extends beyond simply the loss of earnings and repair costs, they can also severely impact workloads and cause high-levels of unnecessary stress. I try to run a kitchen like a formula one pitstop. If a chef has to rummage through a pile of stainless steel just to reach a spoon, then the kitchen is not running efficiently. It’s the little things that really make a difference, saving ten seconds on every job can have a huge cumulative impact.

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