01 Nov What You Need to Know About Catering Equipment
There are many people who have chosen a career in catering due to the fact that it not only allows those who want to interact with people on a person to person basis, but that it also allows those choosing this career to explore their creativity and provide a varied experience which depends on a number of factors including venue and client preferences. No two catering jobs are the same and those who choose the career get to experience a ‘hands on approach’ to providing great service.
For those wanting to enter into a career in catering it is important to realize that there are some core requirements as far as catering equipment is concerned. The reason that top class catering equipment is required is that a catering assignment calls for food to be prepared, cooked and served in a highly controlled manner, often in a highly pressurized environment. The great thing is all of the following items are available to rent.
The first class of catering equipment that needs to be considered are the larger items. These can consist of refrigeration equipment, washing and cleaning equipment, cooking ranges and fryers. Other equipment can also include microwave ovens and units to maintain prepared items at a temperature that will ensure freshness and prevent contamination.
The selection of these items will have a direct influence on the preparation for the function by the caterer. The larger and more bulky the equipment the more setup time is required and the higher the number of support staff that is required.
Smaller equipment includes the items needed for food preparation and in some cases the serving of the food. These items include knives of all types and cutlery, spoons, bowls, scales, graters, colanders, and measuring equipment.
The third class of catering equipment consists of equipment that can be described as mechanical aids. This equipment consists of items such as liquidizers, food processors and specialized items such as rice cookers – not to mention the ever important coffee makers. There are numerous other examples of mechanized equipment that are essential to the smooth running of a catering function.
Preparation tools of the highest quality are one of the caterers most important assets. Saucepans made from stainless steel or in some cases cast iron are extremely important. Strainers and casserole dishes, as well as pressure cookers all fall under this classification. When preparing dishes of Asian origin a high quality industrial size wok is also an essential piece of equipment.