Tag Archives: foodservice

Luxurious hotel uses Frima VarioCooking Center to produce consistently great results

New venture by highly acclaimed chef Michael Caines MBE has all mod cons

Michael Caines MBE’s distinctive approach to cuisine has seen him become one of the most acclaimed chefs in the world, earning two Michelin stars during his time as head chef at Gidleigh Park. For his latest venture, he has transformed Lympstone Manor, a beautiful Grade-2 listed building situated in the Devonshire countryside overlooking the Exe estuary, into his vision of contemporary country house hospitality.

His plans for Lympstone Manor include earning a third Michelin Star. ““Be assured, Lympstone Manor will be one of the best hotel/restaurants in the UK and Europe. I am aiming at the top echelon!”

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The Northgate’s Precision fridges help deliver a ‘great experience’

The Chestnut Group aims to ‘bring a bit of Soho House to Bury’

“The defining pillars of The Chestnut Group are fantastic service, stylish interiors, and great food – and all of that should be synonymous with a great experience.  To deliver that, the kitchen and backbar equipment are very, very important.”  So says Philip Turner, founder of The Chestnut Group, a fast-expanding chain of hostelries based in East Anglia.  The Group uses Precision for its kitchen and backbar refrigeration in its six sites, including the recently opened The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds.

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Northern Ireland Food Waste: dewaterer systems given green light

CESA successfully lobbies NIEA

Foodservice businesses in Northern Ireland are now required to collect their food waste separately. The regulations have been developed by The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). As part of the initiative, the Agency had been considering banning food waste dewatering systems. However, following discussions between CESA and NIEA, the Agency re-examined the issue of dewaterers and they will now be permitted in the Province.

“This is good news for both catering operators and suppliers of dewatering systems,” says Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA. “By separating food waste from water, dewaterers provide a valuable service. The solid food waste takes up a much smaller volume, reducing collection costs, and the grey water they produce is safe to be discharged into sewers. “

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PFS: attracting, retaining and training staff – CESA maps out the fundamentals

New training initiative explains Principles of Food Service to newcomers to the industry

The catering industry is suffering from a skills shortage and the need to recruit more staff.  Brexit is likely to increase this pressure.  What’s needed is a way to encourage people to enter the industry and, once here, to quickly pick up the basics and build a career.  That’s why CESA has launched the Principles of Food Service (PFS) training initiative.  It aims to give newcomers the knowledge they need to understand the industry, to help them make the most of their career choice – and to help them start making a positive contribution.

The new training initiative has been born out of the success of the Certified Food Service Professional (CFSP) scheme, launched and run by CESA in conjunction with the University of West London.

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BSI honours the man who set standards in catering equipment

CESA’s technical consultant, Bryan Whittaker, receives BSI Distinguished Service award

Bryan Whittaker MBE, CESA’s technical consultant, has been honoured by the British Standards Institute (BSI) with a Distinguished Service Certificate.  The award is a reward for decades of dedicated and professional service, especially in relation to establishing standards in line with EU directives.

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Feeding Dragons

New servery at Dragon School uses Moffat counters to fit in with tight installation timetable

The Dragon was founded as the Oxford Preparatory School in 1877 by a group of university dons to educate their own children. It has evolved into a modern co-educational school for 850 children aged four to 13 based on two sites. The school provides a dynamic balance of imagination, originality and academic discipline while preparing pupils for the rigours of life in the 21st century.

Recently the Dragon had the opportunity to upgrade the servery at the Prep, based at its Bardwell Road site, which has a total of 640 day and boarding children. To make sure there was no disruption to pupils all the work had to undertaken in the Easter holidays. Factory First.com Ltd from High Wycombe designed, planned and project-managed the job and carried out all the work within the tight two and a half week timetable.

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CESA’s essential seminars show CEOs how to thrive in a challenging market

Unprecedented uncertainty brings opportunities as well as pitfalls

CESA has launched a series of high profile seminars designed to help catering equipment companies not only prepare for, but also to exploit the unprecedented challenges the foodservice market is facing.  The Building Business seminars are aimed at CEOs, managing directors and business owners and are free to attend for CESA member companies.

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Danny Gill puts some buzz into catering recruitment

Danny Gill and Will Hodson urge chefs to run pop-up kitchen restaurants in schools

Take twelve 15 year old students and a couple of passionate chefs with Michelin experience, add a lightbulb idea, give them a kitchen for a day and what do you have?  Apart from a lot of hard work and a lot of fun, you have a possible solution to the catering industry’s skills shortage, with six of the twelve wanting to work in restaurants.

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Pitcher perfect

FEM’s latest Hamilton Beach blender whizzes up 2 litre summer cocktails fast

FEM’s latest Hamilton Beach Commercial blender, the HBH755-UK Eclipse, is perfect for operators looking to keep up with the demand for pitchers of fruity summer cocktails. It’s efficient, programmable and, unlike most blenders, quiet. Plus, it features a 2-litre container making it the perfect solution when the summer cocktail orders are coming in thick and fast.

The HBH755-UK Eclipse keeps the cocktails as smooth as the operation, thanks to Hamilton Beach Commercial’s patented Wave-Action system.  Ordinary blenders spin their contents around the walls of the container, leaving whole chunks untouched by the blades.  The Wave-Action System, with specially designed container and blade, continuously forces the contents down onto the blades for super-creamy results every time. (more…)

From waste to warranties: CFSP Enhance seminar enhances industry knowledge

Plus – the launch of PFS, delivering the fundamentals of foodservice knowledge

The first CFSP Enhance seminar took place on June 29th at the First Choice Group conference facility, Blakeney Way, Kingswood Lakeside, Cannock WS11 8LD.

CFSP Enhance is designed to build on the knowledge gained through the CFSP programme, bringing graduates up to speed on the latest industry issues.  The first CFSP Enhance seminar was attended by 80 CFSP graduates.  The key presentation was led by foodservice consultant Doug Fryett, who covered areas as diverse as warranties and food waste.  He also touched on topics including FOG (fats, oil and grease), legal requirements for gas and electricity, and the pains of running a foodservice operation.  (more…)