Walsall-based distributor, Caterlink, has completed a project at what is believed to be Leicester’s oldest surviving house, Wygston’s House.
The Grade II-listed building in the Applegate district serves diners in a bar and daytime snack area downstairs and a high-end formal dining room operating an à la carte menu upstairs that offers ‘haute rustic food with a professional touch’. This is based on local produce and rarer meats and so required multi-tasking and flexible equipment.
Therefore Caterlink worked with supplier Euro Catering. Technical sales manager at Euro Catering, Franco Sparano liaised with the new tenant of the Leicester City Council building, Geoff Thornton, as he has worked with him in other venues run by his 006pubco.
Equipment comprised a Palux Topline heavy-duty modular cooking line, incorporating induction hobs, planchas and fryers, which acts as the kitchen’s operations centre, backed up by a Giorik Sete 10/w, 10-rack combi oven and a Giorik Hi Lite salamander grill.
This equipment has been used by Thornton in other eateries and reportedly provides the functionality and energy efficiency he requires. Using induction cooking, plus a salamander grill was designed to remove heat from the kitchen, creating a more pleasant working environment for the team of chefs.
Sparano commented: “This was an exciting and unusual project to work on, but specifying the Palux Topline suite was an easy decision, because its features ideally suited the brief and the venue. All equipment within this kitchen plan is super energy-efficient, making it a modern solution in a centuries-old building.
“By taking much of the heat out of the kitchen, we are also probably assisting the infrastructure, which still includes timber frames within the medieval hall at the heart of the building, although the brief was very much focused on minimising energy consumption and providing equipment that can multi-task.”