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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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Magic Rock Brewery: Company Day Out

Back in January, having supplied Magic Rock with some Bespoke Stainless Steel Fabrications we thought we would take a visit to Magic Rock Brewing up North in Huddersfield on 26th. As massive fans of their various ales and porters it was a no brainer and maybe a little bit of an excuse to have a few beers. We were a little taken aback as we arrived to their purpose built Large Tap Room with a huge outside space...

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Concept to Completion Development Kitchen for Birmingham Cityserve

Cityserve wanted a demo kitchen that would be welcoming to groups of children to cook, learn and taste healthy nutritious food. The City Kitchen is also the training theatre for many of the city's school cooks. As you can see from the timelapse below, we did a complete design and fit-out, helping them to choose their equipment carefully as space was tight. https://youtu.be/vDYm0cdhlJw To optimize a small space to deliver...

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New Kitchen for Not Dogs Bullring fitted by Kitchen Solutions

Kitchen Solutions have installed a new kitchen for Not Dogs in the prestigious Bull Ring in Central Birmingham. The brief was complicated as Not Dogs wanted to produce a high output menu of vegetarian hotdogs etc on a limited footprint of production space. Together we decided to install Lincat Silverlink Bain Maries BM4B and BM6CW for hot holding and Lincat CS6 for holding fries. For holding sauces we installed Lincat IH21 induction hobs...

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New Kitchen: Grangewood Garden Centre

One of the privileges of this kind of work is that we’re often first to find out about brand new restaurants and cafes around the place. And, sure enough, here’s another one well worth knowing about, for when you find yourself in the Tamworth area – in fact, it’s very near to @Draytonmanor Park. Grangewood Garden Centre approached us back in the summer. Behind their Garden Centre they had a large greenhouse they were developing into a restaurant....

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