Anyone who has ever hosted a dinner party might just have experienced a fraction of the stress that a chef does.
Catering for diners on any kind of scale ramps up the stress. It’s rewarding work, but hugely challenging at the same time. There’s so much going on and so many different things to manage. No wonder chefs can be a little bit temperamental at times.
Chefs need access to quality equipment in order to work effectively. Commercial kitchen equipment is very different to what people use at home. This is professional cooking on a much larger scale, consequently chefs need access to the very best equipment so that they can cook, chop and clean while catering for hundreds of diners every shift. A kitchen that is ill equipped is one that will quickly fail. People are paying for an experience that they can’t get at home. They want to enjoy a delicious meal and if chefs aren’t working in an environment that contains everything they need, the quality of their cooking will suffer.
Any restaurant owner or manager needs to think carefully about who to appoint as catering equipment suppliers. They need to be able to source quality equipment and supplies, but at affordable rates that aren’t going to eat up all of the operating budget. Good business is all about controlling costs.
Equipment suppliers can prove to be important partners. These are businesses that know the industry inside out. They can offer a supportive relationship. One that offers advice and support as well as equipment. The right supplier can become a key strategic partner.
It’s a tough business, but when its done well it can prove to be rewarding and lucrative. Not all suppliers are the same. It’s an important decision for any restaurant. Think carefully about who to work with.