Unless your entire congregation is following a ‘raw food’ diet, chances are your kitchen will need some sort of cooking or heating appliance. Yet getting the right cooker for your kitchen – and your budget – can be complicated.
Steelplan’s expert consultants let us in on the top three questions they ask to find the perfect solution for clients:
1 - Who’s coming for dinner?
How many people need to be catered for at any one time? You may only have the odd charity event or bake sale outside of the usual coffee morning or friendly get together, but perhaps you’d like to start offering the space as a venue for hire. A degree of flexibility is always recommended, and there are a huge number of adaptable options available.
2 - What’s on the Menu?
Don’t worry, this isn’t MasterChef: we just want to know what sort of food your kitchen dishes up. If you plan on hiring the space for weddings, corporate banquets or other upmarket occasions, you might need to look at multiple ovens, a decent number of hobs and potentially some warming equipment, too.
If most of the food that will be served on the premises will be made off site – tray bakes and pre-prepared plates, for instances – you will probably only want a warming oven, with a few integrated hobs for heating soups and stews. There are a lot of combinations to consider, all of which our consultants can talk through with you during the design process.
3 - Who’s cooking?
If you’re lucky enough to have a resident chef, or regularly rent your premises out to professional caterers, you might want to consider commercial-level cooking appliances. If it’s mostly used by your flower arranging committee or local PTA, a complicated system with gas valves will probably spell disaster.
It could be dangerous if it’s not turned off properly, but it’s much more likely that people won’t be able to turn it on in the first place. If in doubt, keep it user-friendly with appliances that can be operated by everyone.
Strike a balance
It’s important to strike a balance between what the kitchen is used for every week and what you’d like it to be capable of. You don’t want to install high-end equipment on the off chance that it might get used once in a blue moon, but equally you don’t want to limit what the kitchen could be used for in the future.
At Steelplan Kitchens, our designers have years of experience creating bespoke kitchens that help churches to get the best of both worlds; installing commercial quality kitchens with a cosy, domestic feel. To find out how your church could benefit from a free consultation, call us on 0844 809 9186.
The inherent strength of metal and a combination of the benefits listed on this page mean that a steel Kitchen will far exceed the life expectancy of a standard wooden carcass kitchens in semi-commercial environments.
The polyester powder coated steel is impervious to water. No more swollen chipboard or rotting MDF.
The metal is fire resistant and the powder coat finish formulated so that no toxic fumes are emitted in the case of fire.
Unlike wooden/chipboard cabinets the Steelplan Kitchen carcass does not contain any material that may sustain, harbour or encourage insects or bacteria.
The powder coated finish means that the units can be kept to an extremely high level of cleanliness and hygiene at all times. Essential when used in health locations.
It looks great! The hidden steel backbone is dressed up with a choice of doors to produce whatever look and feel you want.