In this video, we’re going to talk about
commercial kitchen design and equipment for casinos and gambling. Good afternoon, how are you?
I’m fine, thank you. So tell me here a little bit about
commercial kitchen design, in particular for casinos. What are some of the key
considerations? Well, every casino has one thing in common and that’s the buffet.
The all-you-can-eat buffet. Absolutely. All you can eat. And it seems that every casino
is trying to outdo the last casino with how elaborate and extravagant their
buffet could be because they’re trying to attract people. So the challenge there
really is how to hold all those different types of foods at the proper
temperature and in an appetizing way. So you’ve got everything from carving
stations to salad stations to fruit stations. It could be an ice cream sundae
bar or it could be hot foods it could be soups. All these things have to be held
in different equipment in different ways so that people will want it and also so
that they’re safe. Absolutely. In some of these buffets, you can even I want to say
it’s like you go down at breakfast and you can have that omelet being
cooked in front of you. Correct. So there can be even some sort of live
preparation stuff as well. Does that complicate matters? Well again, there’s
new equipment that for everything, you know. And we try to take advantage of all
the new technologies. Often what we have is induction ranges out front where
they’re doing omelette stations now so there’s no more live flame out there.
It’s with an induction range you’ve got a piece of equipment that’s cool to the
touch until you put a pan on it. And pan gets hot enough to cook on. And so you’ve got safety and you’ve also got a nice fresh product. And I imagine, particularly
with a public-facing system like this would have to be beyond safety as such
the sanitation the proper temperatures — what are some of those considerations?
Well there’s no doubt. I mean — if you’ve got a if you’ve got a hot food, a hot
prepared food, it needs to be held at a safe temperature so that bacteria
doesn’t grow. In addition to that you’ve got breath guards in front
of all of these things. People have to be able to reach in and get what they want,
but they also can’t be sneezing on it. So they’re you know — all of these things
have to be designed in a way that they’re safe, they’re healthy, and they’re
attractive. So you can’t- this glass protector can’t look like you know- can’t
look like you know — the windshield of your car. It’s got to look like something-
it’s got to look like something that’s that that enhances the look of the food.
Absolutely. I can’t- I can’t imagine anything quite as bad as bad shrimp.
Exactly. From a buffet that makes you cook and then you can’t do any of that
gambling that you are hoping to do. You’ve got to find another way to lose
your money I guess. So what are some of the particular pieces of equipment- of
commercial kitchen equipment that might come to mind when it comes to casinos?
Well again you’ve got such a variety of food that has to hit the buffet that —
they have other restaurants as well — they usually have a la carte restaurants out
in somewhere in the building as well. So you’ve got a kitchen that has to
prepare such a wide variety of different types of foods and that’s going to be
steaks and sea foods and pasta dishes and sauces and different things
like that. So there’s going to be a lot of is gonna be a lot of burners, it’s
gonna be a lot of ranges with individual burners back there. There’s going to be
combi ovens. A combi oven is essential nowadays. Now a combi ovens a piece of
equipment that you can roast, you can bake, you can steam, you can even use it
as a smoker. You can even do some frying in it — all in one footprint. So you’re gonna
want to maximize space with the kind of equipment that’s going to be as useful,
gonna be able to do as much as you can in the amount of footprint you’ve got to
work with. And also some of these big casinos have hundreds if not thousands
of rooms. We’re talking room service as well? Well you have room service and you
have dining rooms, yes. And again — room service goes on to late into the night
so you’re not going to have a big staff in the back in the middle of the night.
So it has to be a kitchen that a small amount of people can manage to produce
pretty much anything. And again, that has to do with- that has to do with designing
an efficient, simple to use cook line that just about anybody even at two
o’clock in the morning can manage to crank out a meal. And you’re not feeling
quite as conscious. Yea, exactly. So I know you guys have been working in this space
for quite a while. Are there any interesting casinos that you might name that we
might know about that you guys have done with. Well we’ve done some work with Hard Rock Cafe — actually a number of them around the country. I mean — they’ve become quite a nice client for us. Monticello Raceway Casino upstate,
New York recently revamped their whole operation and I think we did a nice project
with them. Well thank you so much. I appreciate all of your insight and help
there. If you’d like to find out more about commercial kitchen design and
commercial kitchen equipment — in particular with reference to casinos and
gambling and gaming, please visit us online at culinarydepotinc.com