Restaurant Kitchen Checklist

Restaurant Kitchen Checklist

Do you want your restaurant kitchen to run smoothly during each shift? Of course you do! Being prepared is a key to running a successful kitchen. Well, that and making sure your cooks are well trained!. The restaurant kitchen checklist is a great form to get your kitchen ready to serve guests It’s so important to make sure your kitchen is ready before serving guests.The restaurant kitchen checklist is an awesome resource to set up your kitchen for success! The restaurant kitchen checklist should be used 1 hr to 30 minutes before any peak time meal period.

How do I use the restaurant kitchen checklist?

Place the kitchen checklist on a clip board, begin by checking off the following:

Stocking the kitchen:

  1. All breads stocked and wrapped with bread ties to prevent the bread from drying out. Use use first stickers to help identify older & newest bread.
  2. All reach in’s top and bottom stocked and rotated/day dots
  3. Freezers stocked, rotated/day dots.
  4. Grill drawers stocked, rotated/date dots.
  5. Paper supplies – carry out containers.
  6. Etc.

Beginning and throughout the shift:

  1. Setting up a sanitation bucket with water (sanitation tablets) – several kitchen towels kept in the bucket.
  2. Having a good supply of dishes and carryout containers available during the peak meal periods.
  3. Maintaining the proper amount of foods stocked.
  4.  Keeping your assigned area’s cleaned/stocked/organized at all times.
  5. Keeping the grill scraped to prevent carbon build up.
  6. Sweep the floors frequently.
  7. Empty the trash can prior to peak time meal periods.
  8. Empty the grills grease drawers to prevent grease spillage.

Being proactive: Conducting the Kitchen Checklist

During any peak time meal period it is crucial to the kitchen staff focus on selling food in a timely fashion and not focus on restocking the kitchen. Use Stocking par sheets to determine how much product is needed to get through the meal period. Conducting the restaurant kitchen checklist will also help prevent your staff on having to stock the line during meal periods.


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You can easily customize the checklist or change the topics in Microsoft Word or Apache Open Office.