We really don't "overdo it" by emphasizing the importance of this element.
It's not just about the basics, the type of working space you need (cutting tray with a box shop and spices next door, oil next to the cooker, ingredient dishes, a plate ready to put on a dish, etc.) - even though these are just as important.
But one sad fact: There is NOT enough time in the later stages of the game in the career mode to prepare all the dishes in real time. So, You Only Live Once, Mr. Cook? Behold...
The passage of time does not "spoil" the food - ok, the dish can get cold, but we can now successfully serve the guest of our restaurant a heated 3-day steak and still get a solid tip. If we have time, we can successfully prepare a stock of dishes the previous day, which gives you more time and better marks when you get several orders at once.
That's why the phase of preparations and the cleaning phase are so important and absolutely invincible - because it is during them that we prepare excess of dishes or at least their ready-to-go main parts.
- Soup usually stays in excess. Keep it in a large pot, then pour it into the small one, heat it up in the microwave and serve it on a plate: et voila, the order is ready in a moment;
- also have pots and pans with water ready, in case you need to cook something in them;
- prepare ingredients for the most common dishes as often and as massively as you can (at the same time so as not to shake the budget too much) during both additional phases.