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African Food is Here to Stay: Kitchen Equipment You Need to Compete

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According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual report, African food was the hottest and fastest growing trend of 2016. In some areas, it’s already taken cities by storm. In others, it hasn’t appeared yet. If your restaurant is thinking of catering to this lucrative trend then Hoodmart wants to make sure you have the right supplies. According to African chefs, these are the top kitchen gadgets and pieces of equipment you’ll need.

The survey they did, which was called their What’s Hot list, showed that African food was trending at over 60%. That’s better than Middle Eastern food, Latin food, and even Southeast Asia. When compared to its popularity a year before, African flavors shot up 20%. Clearly, this is a trend worth keeping an eye on.

One great example of this success is Nando’s PERi-PERi, which is known for having super spicy, flame-grilled chicken. They marinate it for a full 24 hours and are bringing customers in at a surprising rate. This chain continues to expand across the United States, though it originated in South Africa. It’s now in 23 countries and has been open in the U.S. since 2008. Just in the Chicago area, four new stores opened in the last year.

Why are they so successful? The founders claim they have a cult following because they use food that’s both fresh and authentic, and that they incorporate art into their restaurants. Here at Hoodmart, we can’t help you with the art work, but we can help to ensure you have the equipment you need.

The specific type of equipment you’ll need will of course vary based on the type of dishes you’re planning to make. However, some of the most common equipment you might need for African cooking includes an open pit fire to grill, steam, roast, and fry meat, numerous cast-iron pots to make stews or to use like you would a Dutch oven, a mortar and pestle to grind up spice blends, and earthenware pots known as tagines.

Of course, these are just the pieces of equipment you’ll need to keep up with the demands that African food requires. You’ll still need the equipment that keeps your kitchen safe and up to code, including stainless steel exhaust hoods, makeup air fans, and many other products you can get at great discounts from Hoodmart. Reach out to us today and we’ll help you professionally outfit your kitchen so it can handle whatever type of cooking you need it for.

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