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Local Company, Local Refit

We do have a soft spot for projects in our own area. This one was in Bournville, the home of Cadbury's chocolate. But it also happened during the #Covid19 lockdown - no need to say we were delighted not to have to complicate things by travelling a long distance to site. The Hub at Bournville had a tired little kitchen that to be fully useful to its owners needed a refit. Unfortunately we have no before photos, but here are...

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Two-week kitchen refit, during Lockdown!

There we were all cosily locked up working from home when we received a call from a Nursery in Northampton that needed a new kitchen fitted in a hurry, ready for the return of children after lockdown.  Without knowing how long lockdown was going to last we agreed to completing the works within two weeks.  The nursery wanted to keep some of their old equipment but replace all the furniture and some of the appliances.  We began by visiting...

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Specifications Of Our Stainless Steel Tables

Many of our frequently asked questions relate to measurements of our standard tables that can be bought directly from our Tables Page. Here is our CAD diagram which hopefully provides some useful answers but if you have any more give us a call, of course. All our measurements are in millimetres.

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Michelin-starred chef chooses Kitchen Solutions

Brad Carter of Carters of Moseley (Michelin-starred chef and Waitrose Restaurant of the Year 2015) has recently upgraded his HOUNÖ combination ovens from the original specification Kitchen Solutions supplied when we designed and installed his kitchens 8 years ago. He now has the latest Android touch-screen technology ovens with a host of unique features and functions. These ovens are the leading brand for professional chefs across Scandinavia and their ovens are used in both Noma restaurants (2 Michelin-star) in Denmark, winner of...

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Key Disciplines in Commercial Kitchen Planning

Commercial kitchen planning may seem a daunting task even to professional caterers, as it involves many disciplines: Menu Numbers to be catered for Type of service Duration of operation Area and space available Number of people engaged in food production Any restrictions on services, i.e. power, gas, water, drainage and ventilation extraction points Budget available Health and safety requirements Efficiency All commercial kitchens, large or small, should be safe and practical environments that promote safe food handling and ease the burden of the operators.  Kitchens should be designed in a...

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What is a Combi-Oven?!

They arrived to the Professional cookery scene in the late 1970s but still many chefs are not familiar with them. They are perceived as expensive and quite different from more traditional ovens. So what is so special about combination ovens? The basic difference between cooking with a conventional oven and a combination oven is humidity. The unique feature however, is their flexibility and their ability to control humidity levels. Let’s start from the beginning. Some foods want to be steamed –...

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Case Study: Yardley Baptist Church

We’ve worked for Yardley Baptist Church for the last 10 years supplying various bits for their kitchens as they run a very popular lunch club. Recently they came to us and said they wanted a complete new kitchen facility; they wanted to remove the old domestic kitchen and for us to design a completely new commercial kitchen for them. In preparation for this we arranged for them to go to Worlverhampton University for a training day with a chef on Combination Ovens. ...

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HOW TO… Choose your Stainless Steel Furniture

The first thing you need to consider when buying a Stainless Steel Table or a Stainless Steel Sink is budget: we all have budgets to keep to as in every business but as our mothers always told us "if you buy cheap then you get cheap in return...!" Next you need to consider the space you’re filling and how it is going to work. This includes what your new item is going to be used for: is it going to...

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Teaser: Equipment testing at Middleby Headquarters

As distributors of Middleby products we decided to put their equipment to the test. We sent James to the Middleby Factory Headquarters in Warrington to put their newest equipment to the test - he started with the Hounö's Combi Oven, where he cooked up some pastries at the same time as roasting some veg. He then moved on to trying the Perfect Fryer for quick turn-around deep fried items. He then moved on to the Turbochef Sota i1 ideal...

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