Essential Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Whether you’re in the process of designing a cafe bar, or new kitchen for your restaurant you’ll need equipment. We’ve put together this list of essential commercial kitchen equipment to help you plan and design the commercial kitchen of your dreams while following legislation and guidelines.

Regulations & Legislation

Food premises must be of a suitable layout, design, construction and size for some of the following reasons:

  • To allow good food hygiene practices
  • To allow adequate cleaning and disinfection
  • Provide suitable temperature conditions

You must also include the below in the design of a commercial kitchen:

  • An adequate number of wash basins for hands
  • Toilets (that do not lead directly into food rims
  • Separate sink area for washing food
  • Suitable ventilation (see below)
  • Adequate lighting
  • Adequate drainage facilities
  • Adequate facilities for staff to change their clothes where necessary

There are many laws and legislations to bear in mind when designing a commercial kitchen. If you have any questions about them, contact our team today.

Extraction and Ventilation Systems

Ventilation ensures that your kitchen is a clean, healthy and happy environment for all who will be using it. A good ventilation system will improve the longevity of your kitchen. They also ensure the health and safety of staff. Ventilation systems work by removing grease, heat and smoke from your kitchen efficiently. The main benefits of an extraction and ventilation system are:

  • Improvements to health & safety
  • Air quality improvements
  • Grease removal
  • Odor control

Combination Ovens

Combination ovens are a great piece of equipment to have in your commercial kitchen. They allow the user to cook and prepare a number of dishes in a number of ways. With functions like adjustable convection cooking, steaming and a variety of cooking programmes.

VarioCooking Centre by Frima

If you need your commercial kitchen equipment to allow you to cater for high volumes then this cooking centre is essential. Here is was Frima have to say about it:

“Whether for an à la carte restaurant or high volume catering, preparing 30 individual portions or thousands of meals, cooking overnight, pressure cooking or cooking during service, the VarioCooking Center MULTIFICIENCY® always offers the right solution for the individual requirements of your kitchen.”

Induction Range Cooker

An induction range cooker is considered to be more efficient in your kitchen than a traditional gas hob. Keeping running costs to a minimum while not compromising on results.

Salamander Grills

Perfect for grilling fish, steak and sandwiches! Available in gas for a fast heat up and electric for precise cooking control. These powerful pieces of equipment are a necessity for any kitchen.

Deep Fat Fryers

We all know about deep fat fryers, but how do you choose the perfect one for your commercial kitchen? Answering the points below should help make the decision easier for you.

  • Decide whether you need a counter top or free standing fryer
  • Purchase a fryer with a tap for ease when changing oil
  • Supply – do you require a gas or electric fryer?


You’re going to require a refrigerator, freezer and possibly a blast chiller (a refrigerator that rapidly cools food by circulating very cold air over it). You’ll need to consider space, power points and budget when finding the perfect refrigeration units for your needs.


Think about where you are going to keep cookware, plates, utensils, dry foods, cleaning equipment and everything else you’re going to need on hand in your kitchen. There a plenty of storage options to fit your requirements, from shelving to wall cupboards.

Stainless Steel Tabling

Your team are going to need space to prepare food. Stainless steel is used in commercial kitchens as it’s easily cleaned and nonporous which prevents the growth of bacteria and viruses.

Fire Suppression

Fire suppression systems can be installed in commercial kitchens, to detect fires and suppress them within 30 seconds. Protecting people in the building, minimising damage and allowing service to continue as soon as possible after a fire. The system is installed in your commercial kitchen and works by spraying fire suppressing fluid onto any equipment that is alight. The fluid turns to foam, suffocating the fire and cooling equipment quickly allowing the kitchen to be cleaned immediately. It’s also advisable to stock up on first aid kits for treating small kitchen burns and injuries.


Dishes are part and parcel of the catering and hospitality industry. You will require a high power fast acting dishwasher to ensure your team can keep up with service.

Water Softeners

Why do you need a water softener system in your kitchen? By reducing hard water contaminants, scale build up that can damage equipment performances are reduced. Using water softeners in your kitchen can reduce operating costs up to 46%.

Food Mixers & Processors

When preparing high volumes of food it’s important that your team can prep ingredients and recipes quickly with commercial food mixers and processors.

Hot Lamps

Now available in stylish, on trend units, there is no excuse not to use hot lamps. The lamps shine over service areas, meaning food temperatures do not drop while waiting to be served to customers.

Water Bottling System

Purchasing a water bottling system will allow your commercial kitchen to produce filtered, bottled, still, sparkling and boiling water at the customer’s request.

Bulk Brewing

Bulk brewing systems allow you to fully cater for a number of hot drinks.

Here at Ceba Solutions, we are able to help you find the perfect supplier for all of your commercial kitchen equipment needs. To find out more, click here.