Essential Kitchen Equipment For Your Restaurant

The kitchen is the heart and soul of your restaurant. Without the proper equipment, your kitchen will not be able to create the delicious meals it should be known for.

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As such, your restaurant kitchen needs both large and small appliances and the many other accessories that make a kitchen functional. Here is a list of essential pieces of kitchen equipment your restaurant needs to get started:

Storage Containers

Storage containers are needed in your restaurant kitchen to safely store produce and other supplies so they do not spoil. Be sure to have containers of all sizes that can be safely stored on the shelf, in the freezer, and in the refrigerator.

Your restaurant kitchen’s storage containers should be clearly labeled and include allergen-free containers. Remember to keep allergen-free containers away from ones containing allergens.


Without a sink, you cannot have a clean kitchen. Sinks are a critical part of your restaurant kitchen for providing running water, cleaning produce, washing hands, and so much more for a sanitary kitchen. Many health and safety rules require at least 2-3 sinks, for hand washing, cleaning products, defrosting frozen meats, and washing utensils.

Be sure to go through your kitchen at least once a month and do a self-inspection to find and correct potential problems.

Kitchen Display System

Your kitchen must be able to efficiently handle orders coming in from customers, understand inventory to reduce food waste, and customize your kitchen’s workflow. A Toast POS kitchen display screen (KDS) will do all of this for you and more, including giving you analytics and reporting, and manage online orders.

Food Preparation Supplies

You should have the right preparation equipment in your kitchen so your cooks and chefs can prepare meals. Supplies you will need to purchase include, but are not limited to:

  • Bowls
  • Tongs
  • Spoons
  • Oven mitts
  • Can openers
  • Measuring cups
  • Scoops
  • Pitchers
  • Pots and pans
  • Bakeware

Remember to include allergen free areas and utensils to keep allergy-prone customers safe and prevent cross-contact.

Cooking Equipment With Proper Ventilation

Obviously you will need the right cooking equipment in your restaurant to make hot meals. This includes:

  • Ovens, including convection
  • Ranges
  • Fryers
  • Microwave oven

Be sure to include proper ventilation in your kitchen to address help treat the air and remove smoke, vapor, and other odors. By having ventilation in your restaurant kitchen you are creating a safer working environment for employees.

Hot & Cold Storage

Food safety is of the utmost importance in your restaurant so be sure that both stored and prepared foods are kept at a safe temperature. You wouldn’t go without a refrigerator or a freezer in your home or a place to keep food warm, so don’t omit them in your restaurant kitchen.

You will also need heating lamps or steam baskets to keep food at their safe temperatures while they are waiting to be delivered or picked up by customers.

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