Who should use a griddle?
Griddles are a more versatile piece of kit, which makes them right for smaller businesses, such as cafes, coffee shops and smaller pubs. If you have a tight kitchen space and need all your kitchen equipment to ‘double up’ and do more than one job, then this is the piece of kit for you. To get the most out of the equipment, it’s good to get one with half flat metal and half ribbed.
Chargrills are for those businesses that want to build a reputation for chargrilled food – that taste and look is distinctive and right now, grills are a very popular trend in the food industry.
You Can’t pass off Grilled as Chargrilled!
A really important point to make is that you can’t put ‘chargrilled’ anywhere on your menu if you DON’T have a chargrill. It sounds a bit obvious when you state it like that, but if you use a griddle with the ribbed metal side, you can get branding which looks a bit like it’s chargrilled, but it will never be as pronounced as you get with a proper chargrill.
In fact, if you DO state you chargrill when you DON’T that constitutes false advertising under the unfair trading regulations, and you can face fines, so if you want to sell chargrilled food and get the boost from using that trend, buy a chargrill!