Charbroilers are one of the most straightforward pieces of foodservice equipment but servicing them should not be taken lightly.
With Milllennials growing into their adult years, many flock to the restaurant industry in search of fine food and drink and socialization opportunities, but also for employment.
With more access to funding for franchises versus a larger, publicly-funded model, chains are looking to expand the franchise way.
Though many restaurants have returned to traditional brick and mortar locations, food trucks remain a driving force in the industry and an avenue of opportunity for kitchen design and equipment.
For the last few years, companies have centered efforts on reducing carbon footprints through sourcing locally, reducing energy use and cutting down on waste. Now, some food companies are taking the extra step to reduce water not just in equipment and usage changes, but also in the reduction of meat served.
Regulations surrounding new federal dietary laws and the nutritional lunches schools must now serve kids will impact foodservice kitchen design and equipment selection in the future. At the same time, many high schools are building separate commercial kitchens to satisfy a growing demand for culinary education.
Consumers might not want healthy food, but they want the option on the menu, when possible. Fresher vegetables, good-for-you oils and wholesome, less processed ingredients, combined with more from-scratch cooking for that authentic taste, more nutritious eating has taken hold in all sectors, and especially in schools as a result of new regulations.
With the takeover of smartphone and tablets, restaurants will continue to explore new ordering solutions linked to these devices for convenience to the customer and familiarity.
The time-old method of vacuum-sealing and water-bathing proteins and other foods for gentle, moisture-laden slow cooking has made a comeback as chefs and operators seek consistency and ease-of-use amidst labor shortages and turnover.