Essential Equipment for Cloud Kitchens

cloud kitchen
cloud kitchen

If 2020 showed us anything it is that cloud kitchens are here to stay. Consumer habits have shifted.  For example, app services like DoorDashGrubHub, and UberEats are more popular than ever. The public’s reliance on food delivery is unlikely to fade. Thinking of starting a cloud kitchen? Consider what equipment you will need. Maximize space, efficiency, and food quality in your kitchen.


A cloud kitchen (or ghost kitchen) is a professional food preparation facility set up to prepare delivery or takeout meals only. They do not include a storefront or seating for customers. It is not a restaurant brand in itself. For instance, one kitchen space could be home to multiple brands.

Cloud kitchens can work within brick-and-mortar restaurants or function as standalone facilities. Without the overhead of a physical location, cloud kitchens can save money on property expenses, labor, and maintenance. Maximizing the functionality of this small space is important because the average cloud kitchen typically operates in just a few hundred square feet. Winston Foodservice offers three essential equipment lines that would benefit any cloud kitchen.


With a limited workspace, this kind of kitchen equipment must be compact and mobile. Winston’s CVap® Cook and Hold Ovens fit the bill. For example, CVap ovens do not require a vent hood*. Vent hoods are very expensive to install and operate. Since CVap ovens don’t require hoods, they can be placed anywhere in a kitchen with sufficient power. CVap ovens are versatile and can be used for multiple cooking techniques. There are many other benefits that CVap ovens provide. Click here to learn more.

*Check local codes.


Serving fried food? No cloud kitchen that offers fried products is complete without a good fryer. Whether you offer chicken, fish, or potato wedges, Winston’s Collectramatic® fryers are the fryers you need. Collectramatic fryers have a 50-year track record of providing trouble-free performance and consistency. They cook all day with little filtration, therefore saving you on labor and oil. They have an industry reputation for cooking superior foods. Available in open and pressure configurations, there’s a Collectramatic fryer to suit any cloud kitchen.

ghost kitchen food

Need the accuracy of CVap holding, but limited on space? Our warming drawers are what you need. Winston offers a variety of CVap Hold and Serve Drawers. If you need to keep products crisp or moist, then you need CVap. You can place the drawers under or on top of counters for easy access. Because these drawers are available in wide or narrow configurations, you can rest assured that there’s a model that’s perfect for your space. They include single and double drawer models. Because of their versatility, you can hold a multitude of foods. Whatever you need to keep warm and fresh, from bread to soup, as well as eggs and chips, CVap has you covered. Having hot and ready food can keep deliveries flying out the door.

In conclusion, every operation is unique. Having the right equipment in your cloud kitchen will help your operation function efficiently and profitably. Our team of representatives can guide you to the best equipment to suit your individual needs. Please contact us today to learn how Winston’s products can set your kitchen up for success.

The Truth is in the ROI Numbers – CVap Pays for Itself

pays for itself

Capital expenditures are a factor in kitchen math and a necessary part of doing business in commercial kitchens, franchises, and restaurants. But how often does a capital expense actually pay for itself? Winston’s CVap® ovens are competitively priced, and like any commercial oven, they’re a substantial investment. However, as our infographic explains below, the ROI (return on investment) on that expense can pay for itself many times over, in a surprisingly short time.

CVap ovens deliver higher yields, which translates to more servings per cut. Simply put, this lowers the average price per serving on a given cut. Multiplied by scale, this results in exponentially bigger profits. The ROI on CVap pays for itself in less than a year (based on the scenario below)! Check out the kitchen math infographic below to see how.

Pivoting to a New Normal

COVID-19 turned the foodservice industry on its head. Winston has been around for over five decades, and we have not seen a more disruptive time in our history. Retail foodservice struggled to keep up with consumer demand for food. QSRs closed their dining rooms. K-12 schools learned how to feed students in new ways. Consequently, food supply chains worldwide are disrupted and transformed.

New Normal Challenges

In fact, our entire way of life was dramatically impacted. Accordingly, everyone scrambled to pivot to a new normal.

We’ve pivoted as well. Most importantly, we’ve figured out how to keep our manufacturing facility functioning while ensuring the safety of our team. Likewise, we’ve scrambled to maintain reasonable lead times when some of our suppliers are shut down. Our support has branched out into the virtual space, so we can train and support our distribution partners and customers when we can’t physically visit their locations. Whatever challenges we have faced, one thing has not changed – our drive to help our partners not just to survive, but to thrive. 

Placing rice in CVap oven

We posted thoughts on how we can help you pivot to a new normal. Whether supporting your grab & go efforts, or your drive-thru and carryout initiatives, we constantly think of new ways to support your business in tough times. Our products are uniquely suited to supporting your efforts to maintain social distance and serve food safely to your customers.


One asset that is very popular with our partners is our YouTube Channel. In times of social distancing, reduced contact, and travel restrictions, our YouTube videos were invaluable. You could learn how to cook, hold, or fry most any type of food. There are videos to help you learn how to program or service our equipment. Testimonials offer the chance to hear what others think of our products, our support, and our partnership.

Virtual Kitchen

Our Virtual Kitchen is the newest addition to our collection of customer tools. We developed this kitchen to speak more directly to customers, with a customized demo or cooking event. Our Virtual Kitchen allows end users to be virtually present in our test kitchen, without leaving the safety of their workspace.

To give you a taste of this new tool, here’s an event held in our Virtual Kitchen. We hope you enjoy it. If you have ideas on how we can help you, give us a shout on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter.