A club chef must choose appliances that best fit the needs of the operation and its kitchen.
When it comes to choosing kitchen appliances chefs have many important factors to consider, especially when deciding which energy source they should choose. And while gas appliances are usually the most preferred in professional kitchens, there are a few advantages of electric appliances that might make them more appealing to a chef.
The upfront cost of electric appliances tend to be at a lower price point compared to their gas counterparts. As an electric appliance only needs an outlet to plug it in, there is also no need to install a costly gas line. However, not only are electric appliances believed to not last as long, they also cost more to operate. Electricity is almost always more expensive than gas, meaning energy bills will be noticeably higher. These costs can really add up depending on the size of a club’s kitchen and when using equipment throughout the whole day.
Since an electric appliance does not need to be connected to a gas line it can easily be moved to a new location with an electric socket if needed. Electric appliances, such as stoves, are usually much easier to clean compared to gas appliances. Also, due to the connection and fuel, electric appliances are generally safer than gas.
Unfortunately, electric appliances heat up slower and the intensity of the heat is harder to control. Temperatures with an electric appliance do not reach as high as they do with gas and temperatures cannot change as rapidly. Because the electric coils heat and cool slowly, the radiant heat that is produced is fairly steady and even, with fewer spikes and drops in the temperature.
There are many factors to consider when choosing electric appliances, such as budget, ease of cooking, efficiency, and even safety, but a chef should choose what will work best for their kitchen environment and the ease of serving members.