What is a certified kitchen?
August 26, 2013 11:18 AM Subscribe
I live in California and cannot, for the life of me, find any documentation, web site, or book that defines this. I know that foods for public consumption (for the most part) have to be produced in a certified kitchen. Are there certain fixtures or appliances REQUIRED in a certified kitchen?
posted by rybreadmed to work & money (13 answers total)
What defines a certified kitchen in Los Angeles, California? I keep trying to answer this, but all I can find are rules that say you must produce the food in a certified kitchen--but I can't find out what this is.
Is it supposed to have a certain amount of air flow, ventilation, sink? Is there certain equipment it is required to be equipped with? A minimum square footage?
I understand that it requires commercial (not for home use) appliances, so no two slice toaster and cheapo handmixer. But what else? I'm thinking about eventually starting a business that roasts nuts. For this, I would need the use of a large (pizza) oven, sink, and prep space. But I won't need any large mixers, nor will I need a range. There's a lot of stuff I won't need. But are there minimum requirements for a certified kitchen?
Keep in mind, I'm in California, in LA County in particular. If you could point me to a document (or part of the building code) that explains this, I'd be grateful.