How to run a restaurant kitchen efficiently

The most happening place in any restaurant is a kitchen. Post the outbreak of Covid-19, the concept of cloud kitchens or delivery-only restaurants is witnessing a boom. 

As per the report by Harvard Business School, it costs $1 million to $1.5 million to set up a brick and mortar restaurant in New York city whereas a cloud kitchen can be built for $1,00,000.  Now let’s check the important tips for running a restaurant kitchen efficiently.

Better inventory management – Always follow the First in First out (FIFO) principle so that you use only fresh raw materials in preparation of food. 

With the aid of digital supply chain management software such as Inresto SCM, fulfil all your requirements from the central kitchen

It helps control costs by cutting down wastage and pilferage. The highlight of the software is that it lets you track the inventory levels live from any location, anytime.

Advanced menu management – Keep the food costs in mind while creating your menu. The restaurant POS system provides you with details on the fast moving and slow-moving dishes. 

Shed those non performing items and focus on the fast selling dishes. Also create the list of ingredients of each dish and the average preparation time. It helps to keep a check on the time spent in cooking each dish.

Have proper equipment – Buy high-quality kitchen equipment that is durable. It is better to buy equipment made of non-corrosive materials such as aluminium and stainless steel. Clean the equipment regularly and perform service on a monthly or weekly basis.   

Manage your staff well – Hire the best kitchen staff and conduct in-depth training. Define the role of each staff clearly. Rotation of employees helps them to get trained on diverse skills.

Parting Words

Managing the kitchen successfully is the secret recipe for the success of any food and beverage establishment. The tips discussed above will come handy in managing your kitchen operations.