Cooking with an inexperienced staff can cause problems in any restaurant but sometimes restaurants have new cook staff. Whether it’s because your business is expanding, you’ve hit the summer rush, or because you’ve lost an employee, eventually you will be training someone new in your kitchen. New cooks can make mistakes, some of which just happen when you’re new to the trade and some of which can happen accidentally even after months.

Here are some of the most common cooking mistakes to avoid:

  • Don’t add ingredients to a cool pan or cooktop. Even if you grease the surface before adding your ingredients, the food will just soak up the oils before it gets hot enough to cook. That can leave your food mushy, undercooked, and stuck to the surface. This mistake can easily happen due to a cooling cooktop, too — most cooks know pretty quickly to heat up the pan first, but it’s trickier to know when the surface has reheated for a second round.
  • Make sure you control the heat. Different foods need to be cooked at different temperatures, and that can be stressful when the pressure’s on and orders are piling up. It also doesn’t do any good for you and your staff to change the temperature only for the griddle to take too long to heat up. You’ll either need to train your staff on how long to wait and rearrange the timeline of preparing orders, or you’ll need to switch to a cooktop that doesn’t get in their way.


Getting new staff trained up can take a bit of time, but that time shouldn’t be spent on bad equipment. Get them up to your standards quickly on the Steam Shell Griddle, which reheats faster, heats evenly, and reduces the risk of error for beginner and experienced cooks.

About the American Griddle Corporation: American Griddle’s patented Steam Shell Technology has revolutionized the foodservice industry. By utilizing Steam Shell Technology, foods can be cooked with uniform temperatures, creating better tasting and more consistent results. Products are cooked from the top and bottom simultaneously, retaining all of the natural moisture and flavors that make your food taste great. Users experience benefits not seen in traditional electric griddles, such as consistent and faster cook times, no cross-flavoring and instant recovery.