Williams gives winners a little treat
Robert Mitchell, executive chef at Drake & Morgan was the delighted winner of the grand prize in the first #loveyourfridge prize draw organised by Williams Refrigeration.
The draw was open to anyone who contributed pictures or fridge care tips to the #loveyourfridge hashtag on Twitter. Top prize was a sumptuous hamper from Harrods, which included wine, champagne and a selection of luxurious food and confectionary. Three runners-up got a bottle of Taittinger Prestige Rosé Champagne and two champagne glasses each. (more…)
FEM launches competition to help keep summer drinks flowing
To keep up with the summer demand for high quality blended drinks and cocktails, bartenders need reliable blenders that ensure every little bit is thoroughly mixed. FEM’s Hamilton Beach Fury drinks blender perfectly blends cocktails and smoothies, ensuring there are no unwanted chunks of ice or fruit. Now FEM is giving bartenders the chance to win a Fury Blender.
Standard blenders spin their contents around the walls of the container, which can leave whole chunks untouched by the blades. Hamilton Beach’s Wave~Action™ System uses the specially designed container and blades to continuously force the contents down onto the blades for smooth and consistent results. (more…)
CESA, CEDA and FCSI raise £2,000 for Hospitality Action
Competition on the track was fierce at the Joint Industry Go Karting Day at Daytona, Milton Keynes, on 1st July 2015. It was the hottest day of the year and, despite the soaring temperatures and the need to be fully suited up to race, the drivers stayed in good cheer. However, according to the venue, they broke the Daytona record for drinking – soft drinks only, of course.
The event was organised by CESA, with CEDA and the FCSI, and attracted teams from 15 companies, including manufacturers, distributors and consultants. (more…)
KP of the Year competition triggers memories of the kitchen porter years…
The KP of the Year competition, sponsored by Winterhalter, is all about celebrating the contribution that kitchen porters make to the hospitality industry. Lots of top chefs and foodservice operators started out as KPs – and there are plenty of captains of industry throughout the catering sector who began their working life scrubbing floors and washing dishes.
Take Peter Kitchin, managing director of C&C Catering Equipment, the multi-award winning specialist kitchen contractors. He recalls his KP jobs, as a teenage schoolboy, first at Little Chef and then in the Royal Infirmary, Chester. “I mopped floors, worked in the wash up (we had no utensil washer in those days), helped stack the flight dishwasher, and cleaned the fryers and hot ovens. Then I progressed to peeling bags of spuds in a rumbler and making hundreds of salads. (more…)
Vision and Winterhalter managing directors go back to the kitchen floor to launch 2014 competition
To promote the 2014 Kitchen Porter of the Year competition, Winterhalter managing director Stephen Kinkead persuaded Jack Sharkey, chair of CEDA and managing director of Vision Commercial Kitchens, to join him for a shift as a KP in one of London’s busiest restaurants, at Fortnum and Mason.
There’s a video of their exploits on YouTube, but Jack’s plaintive cry halfway through his lunchtime ordeal, “When do we get a break?” will bring a tear to the eye of even the hardest-hearted foodservice professional. Especially if they’ve ever worked in a kitchen. Especially if they were ever a KP. (more…)
Rational puts £8,000 combi steamer up for grabs
Celebrating an anniversary is usually accompanied by gifts and a cake. So to mark its 40th anniversary Rational has the perfect gift: a six-grid SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency® for one lucky chef, who will find that cooking with a Rational is also a piece of cake. And it couldn’t be easier to win the Rational SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency combi steamer: everyone attending a Rational CookingLive event between June and November 2013 will be entered into a free prize draw. (more…)
UK’s leading combi steamer brand celebrates 40th anniversary by giving away latest model
The company that invented combi steaming, Rational, is 40 years old in 2013. Now Rational is celebrating the anniversary by giving UK caterers the chance to win the world’s most popular combi steamer – the Rational SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency®. The prize, a six-grid model, is worth over £8,000.
The competition is a simple free prize draw. To enter, all caterers have to do is book and attend a Rational CookingLive demonstration between June 1 and November 30, 2013. The demonstrations take place every month at over 90 venues across the UK, last about two hours and are free to attend.
To find out more visit www.myrational.co.uk. (more…)
FEM’s new blender plus ice shaver speeds up service, improves hygiene and makes great iced drinks
PLUS! Win A Revolution Blender Shaver worth £2,980!
When the sun comes out the time is right for iced drinks, which is good news for operators since iced coffee, cocktails and smoothies are highly profitable. However, one issue is ice handling. It takes space to keep ice on hand and time to load it – plus, of course, the ice needs to be handled hygienically and the blender has to be tough enough to break up the cubes. (more…)
Winterhalter announces extra prize for KP of the year Awards
The search is on for the KP of the Year, in a competition backed by Winterhalter, the market leading warewasher manufacturer. Now Winterhalter has confirmed that, alongside cash and other prizes for the winner, the KP of the Year’s establishment will win a pass-through warewasher worth £12,000. The warewasher is the new, advanced hood machine being launched by Winterhalter in September 2013.
Top chefs have voiced their support for the KP of the Year competition, including Francis Atkins of the Yorke Arms, who says “A good KP is pure gold in the operation of an efficient and productive kitchen. I see this award as being instrumental in encouraging young people to enter kitchens to learn and progress, so they have targets and enjoyment throughout their work and receive respect from their peers.” (more…)
Winterhalter’s competition gets support from leading chefs
Warewashing specialist Winterhalter has launched a competition to find the Kitchen Porter of the Year.
“Kitchen Porters are the Cinderellas of the catering kitchen, doing the work no-one else wants to do,” says Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK . “Without them, who would clean, carry, scrub, scrape, operate warewashers, stack dishes…? They are the backbone of the foodservice industry. What’s more, many of them go on to great things, as chefs, managers, proprietors and so on. (more…)