Refrigerated prep tables double as a food preparation surface and cold-storage unit. They generally include a cutting board and extra space on top of the unit for ingredient pans. Below, there are refrigerated cabinets to store additional ingredients. The type and quantity of food you will be preparing is a key determiner when selecting the proper unit for your foodservice operation.
Most foodservice establishments can make do with standard-size tables for preparing sandwiches, salads and even desserts. Commercial kitchens that expect to sell a lot of sandwiches and salads may want to consider a mega top unit that has more pan space and a slightly wider cutting board.
Oftentimes pizza is in a food category all its own. This is also true with refrigerated pizza prep tables. Units specifically designed for pizza parlors feature raised ingredient rails and extra wide cutting boards. Since most workers tend to throw or sprinkle the toppings on, the raised ingredient rail helps prevent toppings from becoming mixed together. The cutting board on these units is usually between 18 to 20 inches wide, to accommodate all pizza sizes, while stainless steel construction adds to the durability of the refrigerated prep tables.