Food establishments use food warmers to keep food warm while the rest of the meal cooks. Other uses for food warmers include buffet- style restaurants that serve the food warm for the entire shift, and convenience foods, such as pizza by the slice, which must be kept warm while waiting for customers to buy it. Food warmers take on many different names and each kind of food warmer has its own distinct function. Learn the lingo of food warmers so you buy what you need to make your food business a success.
Commercial hot plateCommercial hot plates keep food warm while the rest of the meal is cooking. They usually come in the one- or two-burner size.
Heat lampsHeat lamps are lamps with infrared bulbs that extend over food to keep the food warm until it is time to serve it.
University of Missouri offers extensive information about heat lamps and their purposes other than food warming. All heat lamps work on the same principles, no matter their actual use.