The changing needs of a kitchen vary from club to club, but renovating a country club’s kitchen can have a dramatic impact on both performance and member satisfaction.
Every county club kitchen is different, which can make it difficult to put a timeline on when to make any major updates. When contemplating a kitchen renovation the biggest factors to consider are safety, equipment repairs, efficiency, and performance.
Safety should always be a top priority in a country club kitchen. If a piece of equipment is not working properly and puts the kitchen staff at risk due to leaks, cracks, or burns, it should immediately be replaced. Also, when the cost of repairing appliances is not much less than replacing, investing in new and more efficient equipment is the better choice. As a kitchen’s appliances and even floorplan become dated, it is more challenging to meet state regulations like health codes, fire codes, and employee safety protocols.
A club’s membership and needs are always evolving. In order to easily keep up with the growing needs of a club, the kitchen needs to evolve as well. Updating and redesigning a kitchen’s floor plan can help utilize underperformed areas along with increasing productivity and efficiency. Replacing any outdated equipment with more modern equipment with advanced technology will improve cooking times and production. And when equipment starts limiting production and the quality of the food, it is definitely time for a change. New equipment can also create new opportunities to offer members a more diverse menu.
There is no set timeline for how frequently a club needs to renovate its kitchen, but it is important for club chefs to have a strong understanding of when a kitchen’s layout and appliances are no longer beneficial to the membership and employees.