In a central kitchen, food moves through different pathways. The criteria are to contain the flow of goods in a singular direction, eliminate workflow inefficiencies, and minimize the distance traveled in moving goods. Food delivery windows or lifts can also be helpful in minimizing potential cross contamination while reducing labor costs. Tableware room can be situated adjacent to the cooking room or the food preparation room for easy access. The transport of packing materials can share the same pathway to food preparation room.