What Equipment Do I Need to Start a Catering Business? – Playford

If you are considering starting a catering business, the first question that should come to mind is what equipment will I need. The answer to this question is not as simple as you might think. The type of equipment needed for a catering business varies depending on the type of food being cooked and how it will be served. 

For example, if you plan on cooking and serving hot dogs at your event, then all you would need is one grill with some hot dog buns and ketchup or mustard. If you wanted to offer a more sophisticated option like filet mignon with truffle butter sauce, then this requires an oven and stovetop for searing the meat followed by finishing in an oven again before serving.

Tools of the trade

Knives. Spatulas. Roasting pans, oh my! Depending on the kind of cooking you’re going to do, you’ll need lots and lots of knives (and other utensils). You can’t just buy one knife that does it all—you have to get a whole slew for everything from slicing tomatoes mid-air or chopping up some onions before sauteing them with olive oil and garlic powder. Quality counts when trying to make sure this cooking is perfect so don’t cheap out by buying anything less than what comes recommended by America’s Test Kitchen*. Now give me those raw steaks I ordered online yesterday already because we’ve got an omelet party tomorrow morning.

Pans, pans, pans & pots

There are many debates around Teflon versus stainless steel pans. This might be because you can’t scratch off the bottom of a stainless-steel pan with some steel wool when it gets too frisky, but frankly, we think that’s what makes them so great! Whatever your preference for frypans and woks, you’re going to need pots and cauldrons etc., including Bratt pans which can braise, boil or steam anything from delicious foodstuffs like potatoes to roast beef in as little time as possible!

Crockery, cutlery, glasses and serviettes

If you’re doing full-service catering events then not only will you need to prepare food but also serve it. When buying your crockeries or any other utensils for serving that is breakable like plates or glassware make sure that they are easily replaced in case a guest breaks one when having too much wine at dinner party.

Cooktop & oven

Your Bratt pan can do a LOT—but it can’t do it all. If you’re catering to quite small events and running things out of your home kitchen, you may be able to get away with using your current fixtures. However, as the business grows (as of course, it will!) you are going to need something bigger that is suited for more space – like an improved cook-station or oven! Take a look at how much space you have available in your new venue and what appliances would suit best if moving into this facility.



Refrigeration is important to the catering business, which often has a large inventory of perishable food. A refrigerator and chest freezer are essential for preserving this type of product since it will not stay fresh without being stored at below 38° F or 2° C.

Your regular fridge won’t do you any good unless you get rid all that leftover pasta- just kidding! The size of your fridge depends on how much cooking/catering needs to be done; but generally speaking, when planning out operations in a commercial kitchen, one should plan ahead by purchasing an industrial-sized refrigerator and chest freezer because they give off the right temperature necessary for preservation purposes (below 38 degrees Fahrenheit).

Coffee machine/urn/tea station

You’ll need a coffee machine, urns for keeping water hot and milk cold. You’ll also want teacups, saucers and all of the other paraphernalia that goes with each drink such as stirrers or straws.

Blender, mixer, Thermomix

You may not think you need a new appliance for your kitchen if you already have one of these three. But depending on the number of people you’re cooking for or how much quality matters to you in an appliance purchase- it’s worth considering whether investing in high-powered versions might be wise!

The several dozen counter-top appliances that are already crowding your kitchen may finally come into their own! Again, depending on the number of people you’re catering for, your standard appliances may well be good enough for the job. If they’re not quality though, you might need to upgrade them with some heavy-duty versions from time to time. These few items will cost more than usual but is a small investment in order to cater to larger parties and events without any interruptions or delays due to an equipment failure (which could happen if cheap ones were purchased).


If you want to do away with dish duty, then you need a commercial-sized dishwasher. No one wants to spend hours doing dishes after they’ve just worked hard on an event.

A dishwasher is a utility appliance that allows for ease of cleaning dishes without manual labor. It can be installed in your kitchen, and will then connect to the water system around it as well as electricity from an outlet so you don’t have to worry about not having access or power when doing laundry. 

The most popular type are commercial-sized pass-through dishwashers which save time by allowing one side (half) at a time while keeping both sides free for use during the other part of washing cycles.

There’s also another version available called “top-loading” – this model has different features than standard ones but they’re still more efficient albeit less durable compared with their counterpart models due to being designed differently overall and usually made out of cheaper materials.

Serving trays & storage containers

Buy a storage container and serving tray to display your culinary masterpieces in. You can go out and buy them, or use what you have at home! Remember when buying containers that they need to be airtight for any food-based projects—otherwise the humidity will destroy all of my hard work.

Which kitchen item is critical? Your best bet would be something from Tupperware which has worked well with every dish I’ve attempted so far: it’s inexpensive, durable enough not break if dropped on accident (this happens), easy care material – meaning no scrubbing needed unless really dirty, seals tight without leakages since making sure there are no gaps between lid edges by ensuring quality sealant around edge as per instructions found inside

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