The Property Department under the auspice of the Royal Commission for Jubail recently passed a new law that mandates all restaurants, cafés, and cafeterias to install an open kitchen design on the premises.
The kitchen must be directly visible to all, with only a clear, glass window to separate the kitchen from the dining area. Customers are in full view of what is going on in the kitchen and they can witness the cooking and assembling of meals that will be served to them.
This high level of transparency aims first and foremost to protect and ensure the health of the consumer, increase the safety and quality of the food served to the consumer, boost the consumer’s level of satisfaction and confidence about the food offered him/her, and to promote a heightened level of responsibility and self-regulation on the part of the kitchen staff.
With all eyes on the kitchen staff, they will be far more likely to follow food safety and hygiene regulations, such as wearing gloves when handling food, keeping the work surface clean, and storing foods properly.
“To protect the safety of the consumer, food safety regulations must be adhered to during each step. Each type of food must be shipped, stored, and preserved at a certain environment and within a fixed temperature range”, Eng. Ahmad Al-Harkan, Director of Property Department said.
The Royal Commission has long placed great emphasis on adopting measures to protect the safety and health of the consumer, protect the environment, and regulate nutritional products, meeting the highest international standards in these areas.
The Royal Commission is extremely serious at tackling nutritional fraud and stopping negative employee practices when it comes to food handling and preparation.
The Royal Commission for Jubail is a leader in food and nutritional safety in the Kingdom and the entire Gulf region.