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How to Choose a New Oven for Your Commercial Kitchen

How to Choose a New Oven for Your Commercial Kitchen
01/08/2016

Choosing a new oven is one of the most important decisions you will make for your business; whether you are buying a new oven for a start-up restaurant, or simply upgrading your existing model, it’s important to consider every option so that you choose the correct model for your catering needs. The decisions start when it comes to choosing what type of oven you need depending on your requirements in the kitchen. Do you need a convection oven or a standard commercial oven? Are you going to be a speciality restaurant specialising in pizzas? Do you have a price range in mind, or is budget no object for what is often known as the soul of the kitchen? The oven you choose needs to be reliable; breakdowns down be costly – not just to fix the oven, but the time it takes to fix could impact on your ability to deliver food to your customers.

A commercial oven has the size, power, and precise control that restaurant owners need – you won’t get the power you need from a standard domestic oven. When you fit a commercial oven, a catering environment requires more venting, more fire-proofing. Regular cleaning and maintenance will also be required for commercial ranges. A heavy duty oven is the staple cooking machine for any busy commercial kitchen; at Pattersons we stock a variety of models from manufacturers including Lincat, Blue Seal, Burco and Parry. Our commercial oven ranges come in a choice of 4 or 6 burners, in single and double door options, depending how busy your kitchen is.

While a heavy-duty commercial oven is needed to cater for busy restaurant kitchens, smaller outlets can opt for a convection oven. A convection oven has a fan that circulates air around the food to distribute it and heat the food. Generally more compact than a full oven range, the convection oven uses an internal fan to distribute the heat evenly throughout the cabinet, removing the blanket of cooler air that surrounds food when it is first placed in an oven and allowing food to cook more evenly in less time and at a lower temperature than in a conventional oven. This method of cooking not only reduces cooking times, it also reduces meat shrinkage, meaning more product to sell and less waste.

Another option from Pattersons is the pizza oven – perfect if you’re going to be specialising in pizzas in your restaurant. With pizza ovens from Lincat and Roller Grill on offer, these ovens allow pizzas to be cooked evenly and ensure consistent cooking.

The best advice we can give you, is do your research; know the product you want to buy inside out so you know that you’re getting the right commercial catering equipment for your professional kitchen.

Before making such a large capital expenditure you need to be sure you have selected the right commercial oven for your needs. Contact us here at Pattersons Catering Supplies on 0117 934 1270 for impartial help and advice or visit our website to see what models are available.

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