The Town of Chester, NH has a small kitchen, that the NH Department of Health & Human Services Food Protection Unit has certified for commercial use since 2002.
The Town of Chester owns the property which is the kitchen of the former Chester Elementary School, and is located in the back of the Multi-Purpose Room at 84 Chester Street.
The Town rents this facility on an hourly basis, which allows any individual, or business that is approved for use by the Food Protection Unit to apply for and maintain a commercial food license, with the Chester Kitchen as their address.
Secondly, Chester Organizations and residents, who have priority use of the kitchen, have a better facility in which to prepare foods for events, or non-profit resale. This project has the support of NH Rural Development Council, and the USDA Small Business Development Center.
From a Commercial Food Processors standpoint (any individual using the kitchen more than 4 times per month, and will sell in retail establishments), this kitchen is perfect for bakers, caterers, and any other type of food product that can be approved by the Food protection Unit.
From the standpoint of an Occasional Food Processor (an individual who uses the kitchen less than 4 times each month) this kitchen is ideal for one who has lots of fruit to turn into jam, or wants to do a large volume of cooking for a party or non-profit event.
The Chester Kitchen offers the following:
- Gas Convection Oven
- Gas Range with oven
- 2 Bay Reach-In Refrigerator
- Commercial Hobart Mixer
- Automatic Dishwasher
- Food Prep Sink
- Sanitation Sinks
- Chest Freezer