Cooking Equipment

Browse our articles on cooking equipment and find primers on a wide variety of specific product categories, including articles on how to specify, when to replace products and much more. 

Spec Check: Smokers

The smoking process has been a food preservative technique for hundreds of years. Recently, though, this cooking process has enjoyed a resurgence as operators look to expand their menus and enhance the flavors of individual items.


Like grills, foodservice operators most often use broilers to cook the most expensive menu items — meats. For this reason, broilers can become a vital piece of equipment for many foodservice operators, which makes specifying a unit that can accommodate the menu and volume of the restaurant critical.

Spec Check: Grills

Meats tend to be the priciest food items used in foodservice, which makes the equipment that prepares them an integral part of any operation.

Energy Efficiency and Grills & Griddles

While grills are not known for energy efficiency, Energy Star qualified commercial griddles are available.

Spec Check: Grills & Griddles

Grills and griddles come in a variety of sizes and types that are geared for a wide range of menu items. Operators need to carefully weigh their options when specifying these units.

Maintaining Grills & Griddles

Griddle and grill maintenance is important from a safety standpoint, since grease build up represents a significant fire hazard. As a result, foodservice staff and service agents should perform a number of regular tasks to keep these units in safe operating condition.

Grill & Griddle Applications

Grills and griddles are primary pieces of equipment in commercial kitchens that perform a variety of cooking tasks.

How to Know When to Replace Grills & Griddles

When properly maintained, grills and griddles can last 10 years or more. However, here are four issues that indicate replacement may be necessary.

Grills & Griddles: An Overview

Grills have heat sources located below the cooking grate and food, while griddle controls determine how much thermal energy is stored.

Grills and Griddles

Grills and griddles are major pieces of cooking equipment that many restaurant operators use to cook signature dishes. Grills, in particular, provide a flavor profile that other types of cooking equipment cannot replicate.

Energy Efficiency and Microwaves

Microwaves are energy efficient by design.