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Restaurant kitchens: When pressure becomes a bad thing

Although most chefs and kitchen staff are used to working under pressure, there is a different type of pressure many are not aware of. Negative air pressure is a common hazard in commercial kitchens and can be the result of poorly designed or inadequate make-up air units, an essential part of a restaurant’s HVAC systems that is often overlooked. A make-up air unit differs from a building’s standard HVAC systems in that its job is to make up for the air that flows out through exhaust fans, so that even when the ventilation system is operating at peak capacity, there is consistent airflow and the exhaust fan does not remove conditioned air from the premises. “Restaurant owners and operators should consult with an HVAC expert if they are uncertain about their make-up air needs. Requirements vary from kitchen to kitchen, so make-up units must be customized for each application,” says…

Hiring the right staff is key to great customer service. While skill and experience are important, personality trumps experience when hiring restaurant employees. You want to surround yourself…