The shrinking kitchen phenomenon is not going to go away any time soon, especially with operators facing rising rents per square footage and trying to maximise front of house areas, while minimising the space available for back of house.
Therefore catering equipment manufacturers are trying to aid distributors, when they have to consider space constraints in kitchen design, by producing ranges of compact appliances.
For instance, Manitowoc designed its latest Merrychef eikon e2s accelerated cooking oven with small, busy commercial kitchens in mind
Steve Hemsil, national sales manager distribution – UK & Ireland, commented: “It has the best-in-class cavity to footprint ratio, measuring 620mm x 365mm x 595mm (H x W x D). This ensures that the high-speed oven maximises on available space and can fit on a standard 600mm deep work surface.”
The manufacturer has considered design factors where space is at a premium. “The eikon e2s has an in-built catalytic converter which removes excess heat, smoke and smells.
“This subsequently improves the working environment for staff and also reduces the need for larger ventilation and extraction units,” detailed Hemsil.
He believes that an increasing number of operators are becoming aware of consumer demand for quality food with a quick turnaround and are catering for this.
“This impacts the design focus of our products for the future as we consider how some kitchens will reduce further in size, and will influence the technology developed to cater for such kitchens’ needs,” he added.