The restaurant industry is one of the busiest in the world hands down. Whether you are running a full-scale restaurant, catering business, hotel kitchen, or food truck, managing your precious time is vital to your success.
A commercial kitchen is very fast-paced, so every bit of time matters. Even if you’re not training to be on one of those timed cooking challenge shows, it pays off to find different ways to be more efficient while in the kitchen. Here are a few tips on how to maximize your time as a chef:
Choose your vendor wisely
An efficient kitchen starts with the supplies. Nothing halts your kitchen like an unreliable vendor that can’t get your products out to you on time. For instance, Restaurantware ships same-day on weekdays if we get the order before the cut-off time. We also have many different shipping options, so you can be sure to get your products as soon as you need them. You also want to make sure that your vendor has reliable products because nothing halts your production like broken tableware. Making sure your vendor also has a wide variety of tableware can ensure you’ll get the specific supplies you need for each dish or event. Restaurantware has plastic, PLA plastic, porcelain, glass, metal, wood, bamboo, palm, bagasse, paper, and many more different products.
Store foods conveniently
Keeping foods fresh is key to a healthy kitchen, so you need to make sure that you store everything appropriately. This not only keeps food from going bad, but storing your foods in reliable containers can also make them easily accessible. This can save you time in the kitchen because you can easily find what you need when you store your ingredients neatly. You can use clamp lid jars or other glass containers for easy storage.
Label dishes when necessary
Every customer is different; every chef knows that. So how do we all keep track of each customer’s specific needs? Label your dishes, of course! Using skewers to label a rare steak or a vegan salad can really make a difference in your kitchen. This can reduce the chances of you making any preparation mistakes, which in return saves you some time remaking dishes. At Restaurantware, we have many different labeled skewers such as rare, medium rare, medium, vegan, and more.
Use restaurant tools to your advantage
Tools can save every chef a lot of time in the kitchen because they make processes easier and simpler. Whether you invest in a silicone baking mat or an innovative pipette, your cooking will get faster and more creative when you incorporate different tools. You always want to make sure you are getting the best tools for the right price. You can purchase mini clothespins, lemon tools, and more at Restaurantware.
Think and cook innovatively
Considering working your kitchen out-of-the-box can help you resolve problems efficiently. You can also shorten processes by inventing new ways of cooking, storing, or maintaining your dishes. Those who think more creatively find faster and easier ways to finish everything that needs to be done.
Always keep track of your stock
Keeping track of your stock may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many mishaps occur when kitchens run short of necessities. Thus, keeping track of your stock, making sure it never gets low, and always reordering your supplies on time are all vital to running a smooth kitchen. Thankfully, Restaurantware has an easy and quick ordering process! You can either directly order over the phone or online — there are absolutely no hoops to jump through.
Organize your kitchen effectively
Organization is the key to running a successful and efficient kitchen. Keeping your tools and ingredients neat will ensure you can find them with ease. There are tons of different ways you can do this. You can get some great glass or plastic containers, label them, and keep them tidy. You could also invest in shelving to keep your supplies. No matter which system works best for you, just be sure to stick with it. You and your employees will be thankful.
Use help as you need it
Don’t think you’re in the crazy restaurant industry alone. It’s impossible to run a full-scale restaurant — the floor, the kitchen, and everything else — completely by yourself. You need to surround yourself with people you can depend on and don’t be afraid to use their help. Train cooks as much as you can. This can help save time in and out of the kitchen.
Always have a game plan
Having a game plan in mind will always help reduce your time in the kitchen. Always know your intentions and what your plan is for your menu. Explaining your game plan to your team will also eliminate confusion. Communicating and being clear with your staff is vital in making sure everything goes smoothly and as planned.
Keep your end goal in mind
Always save time in your career by staying focused on what you want to accomplish. This eliminates wasting your time on events or other opportunities that don’t get you closer to your end goal. Sometimes you have to know when to cut ties in order to move towards your ultimate goals. Keeping those in mine will help you judge what opportunities to take and which ones to leave behind.