Kitchen anatomy is the most crucial aspect of any restaurant and may be considered as the heart and soul of any restaurant. It dictates the working and the movement within the kitchen. Defining the different sections of the kitchen helps to increase the ease and productivity to the safety of the kitchen staff, when it pertains to food production.
The Receiving section:
This is the area of the kitchen layout is where the entire food and beverage product are delivered. This part is key in that when it is well designed then the efficiency of delivery will be increased and as a result reducing spoilage during offloading.
The Storage section:
This section of the kitchen is designed in two; the cold storage area and the dry storage area. The cold storage involves areas occupied by the freezers and the commercial refrigeration systems. The dry storage area is that section that the dry foods are stored also known as the shelving unit. This kitchen section should enable stacking such that the boxes of food and other ingredients do not fall or even cause injuries.
The preparation and production section:
In a kitchen layout, this is the area where food is prepared and it comprises the areas where the ovens, steamers, microwaves among other preparation equipment are installed. This section should be well spaced to prevent collision between the employees in the kitchen.
The service section:
This part is where the flatware, the dishes, drink ware as well as the serving trays among other serving equipment are placed. This section should be easily accessible to the kitchen staff. This part also includes the hot holding areas for restaurants that serve hot food.
The dishes and cleaning section:
This is one of the most important sections in any kitchen layout. This part should have a three compartment sink that can be used for washing, rinsing and also for sanitizing. It also includes the area where the mops, dusters and cleaning materials and chemicals are placed. This area should also have a trash and waste area where the waste bins are put.
A desired kitchen layout is that which has all the above sections with enough space for each section.