Six Things You Need to Establish Before Hiring a Commercial Kitchen Designer/Installer

Commercial kitchen design is a relatively complex thing. There are so many considerations to make, that it’s often best to hire a commercial kitchen designer to undertake the work for you. However, in order to ensure that you get the kitchen you need, rather than simply lining someone else’s pocket through buying frivolous and unneeded items, you need to establish six things. We discuss these considerations below.

1.    Impartial Advice About Kitchen Design
The first thing that you should do is talk to someone who can offer impartial advice about best kitchen designs for a commercial kitchen. These are services that work independently and who do not offer kitchen design/installation – or if they do, that you make it clear you want their advice only, and not the latter service.

This might sound harsh, but most people will understand that you're simply trying to gather impartial information, rather than sales patter.

2.    Establish the Equipment You Need Before You Engage the Services of the Designer
You need to have a clear list of the equipment that you need in order to create a functional and efficient kitchen. It’s important that the designer knows exactly what you want and need. If you don’t make this clear, then they may omit or include items that you need/don’t need.

It can also lead to overselling, where the designer sells you things they know you don’t need, but through which they can make commission. By having your list clear in your mind, you can avoid being swayed by their sales patter.

3.    Choose a Designer Who Does Not Engage In Sales Talk
When shopping around for a catering kitchen design service, go and speak to the team in person. Get a feel for the type of service they offer and avoid those who go straight for the sales talk.


Instead, you should be looking for a service that listens to you when you outline your specification. Rather than them telling you what you want and need, you tell them and they create the design in reference to your wishes, making suggestions where relevant.

4.    Choose a Designer Who Offers Clear Recommendations
While you want to avoid using a catering kitchen design service that uses a hard sell technique, you still need to use someone who is clear in their recommendations about best practice in terms of design and in terms of your choice of equipment.

It’s important to realise that these services carry out kitchen design on a regular basis and, as such, they will have a good idea about the best way of organising and creating a functional and effective kitchen.

It’s important that the person feels comfortable enough to make suggestions where necessary and that they do not continue with a plan that you might have made, but which contains serious errors.

In other words, you need to tread a careful line between choosing an assertive designer and a pushy designer. Assertiveness is good, but pushiness is not.

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