When the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus entered the Metro Kitchen Storage Makeover Contest earlier this year, it found itself in a very difficult situation.
The JCC kitchen serves a pre-school of 500 students as well as a Senior Lunch Program that serves 80 seniors daily, in addition to various catering events.
And according to Wasserstrom, the center had struggled with its kitchen due to not having the right storage accessories, with Metro Brand Manage AJ Zambetti labeling it as a “disastrous workspace.”
The challenge to improve the situation was even harder than in most commercial kitchens – the fact that it was a kosher kitchen ensured that two of nearly every product was required.
Metro surveyed the space and outlined all the issues it needed to address within the limited space, before working tirelessly to design a functional space that would meet the needs of this high volume kitchen operation.
JCC chief executive officer, Mike Klapper, said: “We entered the contest last year and did not win.
“And Matan (catering & rentals manager) sort of secretly did this video and entered us in the contest again for this year.”
Once it had won the contest, the first step was a thorough analysis of the space and the challenges faced in running a high volume kosher kitchen.
Metro Space efficiency expert, Lauren Noreika did a complete walkthrough and diagnosis of the problems that needed to be addressed, with almost every area of the operation targeted for improvements.
Once a plan was developed, the Metro team spent 4 days on-site transforming the old space into a kitchen showplace.
The prep space was tripled using new Metro equipment, while the team also quadrupled the dry storage space using new Top Track shelving units.
As can be seen in the reveal video, posted below, some of the new spaces are virtually unrecognizable from their former state.