One of the most important items for chefs to review when researching new cooking equipment is a product’s spec sheet.
Commercial equipment is a big investment and most club chefs have to get approval from board members before making such large purchases. Chefs might also need to sell the features of new cooking equipment and how it will benefit not only the kitchen but also the membership. Chefs need to know the ins and outs of a product and if it will be a good investment for the kitchen before purchasing.
When researching commercial cooking equipment, chefs can either research online or talk to a salesperson. Either way, a spec sheet will give a chef all the information he or she needs to know about a product. A spec sheet is a document that contains a detailed description of the product, lists features, and includes all the technical details and requirements for the product. The main goal of any spec sheet is to set out the details of how a certain piece of equipment is designed to operate.
If purchasing equipment in person, it is definitely easier to get a feel for the product and if it is a good fit for the kitchen. A sales member will also be able to give more detail on how a product operates or recommend a product that would better suit a kitchen’s needs. Chefs can also learn about new equipment through conferences and food shows. However, purchasing equipment online offers an endless selection and allows a chef to easily compare and contrast different brands, styles, and prices. And while they need to be read with an open mind, researching online might also offer reviews and feedback on the equipment that spec sheets do not provide.
When deciding on new equipment, a club chef needs to research, review spec sheets, and get as much information as possible. Not only does the kitchen need enough space and everything required to make the equipment operate, but the menu also needs to be taken into consideration. Equipment is an investment, but it is a good investment when equipment features can improve how a club kitchen operates while also elevating the menu for members.