Going large at Bertie's
Yorkshire venue is first to own Frima's new large capacity compact appliance
Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms in the Yorkshire town of Elland is one of the largest and best regarded catering companies in the area. Based in an elegant Georgian sandstone building, its main ballroom has a capacity for 250 people and two additional ballrooms can hold 100 guests each. When it came to specifying a new kitchen during a recent refurbishment, managing director and chef Jonathan Nichols was looking for equipment that could prepare large amounts of food, quickly and reliably.
Frima’s advanced VarioCooking Center multifunctional appliance was high on his wish list. “My head chef and I had previously seen Frima in action at a CookingLive demo site,” explains Jon. “We’d both been impressed by what it could do, but the existing models were either too large or too small for our needs.”
Following the launch of the compact tabletop VarioCooking Center 112T, Frima received feedback from many chefs expressing interest in a compact model with increased capacity, bridging the gap between the original smaller 112 units and the larger 211 and 311 appliances. The result is the 112L, which has two 25 litre capacity pans, making it ideal for use in areas with limited space that have to produce larger quantities of food.
Following a refurbishment carried out by Waltons Catering Equipment Distributors of Bradford, Bertie’s became the first company in the UK to own the latest addition to the VarioCooking Center range.“The flexibility of the 112L was a huge selling point for us,” says Jon. “We can use one pan to deep fry a batch of chips while the other is cooking meat sous vide."
Like other models of VarioCooking Center, flexibility and control are fundamental to the design of the 112L. It can replace griddles, kettles, bratt pans, large pots and fryers. A simple-to-use touchscreen interface provides accurate control over every stage of the cooking process, while the VarioCooking Control automatically monitors and adjusts the cooking process as required, notifying users only when their intervention is required.
“We’ve been blown away with how good it is,” says Jon. “When you're catering for large numbers knowing that you can start it off and be confident that the food will turn out exactly how you want it is a great help. It's one less thing to worry about."
It saves time too. "It takes less time to get started, because it heats up so quickly," says Jon, "and once you're finished you're not left with any pans to clean, just hose it down and on to the next thing."
Using the patented VarioBoost heating system, the 112L takes less than two and a half minutes to reach 200°C and can quickly regain temperature, even when filled with cold food. Cooking times are up to four times faster compared to conventional appliances, with energy savings of up to 40%.
Jon is extremely satisfied with the new addition to Bertie's kitchen. "At the end of the day, it saves us time and money. That always puts a spring in your step!"
Waltons Catering Equipment Distributors can be found online at http://www.arthurwalton.co.uk/
Berties Banquet Rooms Elland FRIMA 112L–Sep-16
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