St Mary’s takes three

Winterhalter dishwasher, glasswasher and utensil washer help prestigious boarding school maintain highest standards

St Mary’s School Ascot is an independent Roman Catholic boarding school for girls with 400 pupils aged between 11 and 18. The catering team works hard to provide the girls with a high standard of cuisine, with an emphasis on healthy eating. When it was time to refurbish the kitchens they needed a complete warewash system capable of providing consistent results every day. “We wanted reliability,” says school bursar Giles Brand. “Our consultants recommended Winterhalter.”

St Mary’s is now the owner of a suite of Winterhalter warewashers. A multi-tank rack (MTR) conveyor with input carousel and drying tunnel handles the crockery, while a utensil washer covers baking and gastronorm pans. Finally, an undercounter glasswasher handles glassware.

Catering manager Jacquelene Carrington is full of praise for the rack conveyor. “Two people are able to load the machine and it takes half the time of our previous set up. It makes the whole process a breeze, with great results every time.”

The drying module uses a special patented 'air knife' technology that leaves the items in perfect condition as they emerge. Combined with a longer exit path, giving extra time for the final evaporation process, the design allows crockery to be put back into use sooner.

Winterhalter is able to custom-fit its technology to match almost any space. “The room we use for dishwashing is quite small, but they were able to shoehorn the MTR into the available space perfectly,” says Jacquelene.

The MTR can be tailored to each site’s requirements and local conditions. The installation engineer can adjust the machine to take account of everything from the type of food on the menu to the hardness of the water and calibrate the machine accordingly.

As St Mary’s is a boarding school, the catering department works seven days a week during term time. A Winterhalter utensil washer is used for larger items such as trays and racks, along with utensils used in the preparation of meals. A simple, single-button operation makes it easy for staff to learn to use while the reversible wash arms give optimal surface coverage, guaranteeing perfect wash results even on heavily soiled items. A highly efficient quadruple filtration system ensures that the water used stays clean, while the self-cleaning system helps keep the machine in optimal condition.

“The simple controls are a big plus,” says Jacquelene, “They help our staff to learn how to use them very quickly.”

At ‘top speed’ the utensil washer will clean up to 300 baking trays per hour, with a wash cycle of two minutes. For tougher dirt four or five minute programmes can be used and the machine can be re-programmed to the site’s own specifications for even longer, harder washing power.

The school’s UC undercounter glasswasher is designed to reduce the consumption of water, power and chemicals in warewashing. The machine has a host of energy, water and chemical-saving features. For example, its rinse arm is designed to significantly reduce water consumption while achieving the highest standards of wash results. The water pressure is adjustable via the VarioPower control system, which lets fragile items be cleaned as well as more robust items.

“All the Winterhalter machines are easy to use, and easy to keep clean” says Jacquelene, “And that gives us more time to focus on making sure the girls eat as well as they should.”

Winterhalter provides a total solution for warewashing, from pre-sales advice to after-sales service, training and maintenance. Alongside its market-leading dish and glasswashers, the company’s range includes utensil washers, advanced water treatment machines, cleaning chemicals and detergents. For further details, call Winterhalter on 01908 359000, see, or or email

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St Mary’s School– Jul-16 

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