5 Reasons Why Professional Chefs Prefer Gas Cooktops
In an industrial kitchen, it’s essential that food is prepared to a high quality, and within an efficient time frame to provide a positive overall dining experience. For these reasons (and a few more), many professional chefs opt to use natural gas cooktops when preparing their dishes for the night.
Curious as to why else they use gas cooktops? We’ve compiled five reasons why professional chefs opt for gas over electric cooktops below.
1. They’re easier to control
Thanks to the precision of gas stove dials, chefs who use natural gas cooktops retain greater control of cooking temperatures. This is one of the natural gas cooktops’ greatest advantages, as precise temperature control results in evenly cooked food and a highly accurate cooking process – which is paramount for professional chefs who are under pressure to present high-quality food to many people at a time.
2. They offer an almost instant response
As gas stove cooktops fire up immediately, they’re great for professional chefs who are short on time and need a reliable cooking source during busy meal service times. This almost instant response also extends to turning down the heat on a natural gas stove, as if you need to bring your cooktop down to a cool or simmer, the stove’s response time is incredibly quick – making delicate things like sauces or reductions easy to control and monitor.
3. Gas flames work with a variety of cookware
Whether you’re cooking with a skillet, large pot or tiny saucepan, a natural gas cooktop is incredibly versatile when it comes to different cookware types and sizes. This is because natural gas stovetops aren’t completely flat (like their electric stovetop counterparts), and allow different types of cookware to balance over the gas flame and receive a generous amount of heat to cook food.
This is a big game-changer for professional chefs, who often need to oscillate between a range of different cookware for a range of different dishes at any given time.
4. They’re really easy to clean
With a natural gas cooktop, you won’t need to invest in heavy-duty, scratch-free cleaning solutions that you’d need for a delicate and sensitive electric stovetop. Instead, all you’ll need to do to clean your gas stovetop is remove the steel grate, wipe away any excess food or stains, and use a multipurpose cleaning spray to sanitise your stove. This efficient cleaning process is a plus for busy chefs, as doing a thorough, heavy-duty clean multiple times each night can take a lot of time away from cooking.
5. Maintenance is inexpensive
Electric cooktops that utilise a range of technology and digital controls may seem appealing at first, but when they inevitably break down, they can be really difficult and troublesome to fix – especially without professional help.
Natural gas cooktops, on the other hand, are a lot simpler to fix and/or maintain. Typically, all you’ll need to do to fix your natural gas cooktop is to request your gas provider to relight the pilot light, which is a lot cheaper and faster than engaging a repair service for a digital or electric stovetop.