CCE takes a Gamble on Montague scheme

Essex-based distributor, CCE Group, has completed a kitchen refurbishment at Indian restaurant, The Cinnamon Club, in Westminster.

Gamble Foodservice Solutions supplied the three Montague heavy duty ranges that form the centrepiece of the installation. Each range has four gas burners, while two of the ranges incorporate integrated Montague gas ovens, with the third module offering ambient storage.

Gamble also supplied a Montague Legend low level stockpot gas burner, a Montague Legend gas griddle and an Imperial two basket fryer, which are suited with the ranges to create in-line foodservice workstations.

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The restaurant is set in a Grade II listed building, which was formerly Westminster Library. The size, age, layout and existing services of the building necessitated complex planning for the kitchen refit.

A limited electrical supply dictated that much of the cooking equipment had to be gas powered to meet the high volume of output. In addition, limited floor space meant that an ergonomic layout was fundamental to the smooth operation of the kitchen.

CCE Group’s MD, Ray Costelloe, reported that the special requirements of The Cinnamon Club project were key factors in the decision to specify the Montague and Imperial products, supplied by Gamble, saying: “The appliances are robust, powerful and efficient, which makes them ideal for the high intensity of traditional Asian cooking.

“In terms of durability and performance, there are very few products on the market which are suitable for this type of kitchen environment. The fact that the equipment is covered by a 2 year parts and labour warranty is testament to Gamble’s faith in product quality.”

The design, layout and specification of the refurbished kitchen are the result of extensive consultation between CCE Group’s engineers, The Cinnamon Club’s executive chef, Vivek Singh, and other members of the restaurant’s team, which included site visits to view installations at similar establishments.

The specification of the kitchen refurbishment was influenced by several critical factors, including floor space, available services, functionality and budget. CCE Group has addressed these criteria and the Cinnamon Club looks to be pleased with the result.

Head chef Rakesh Ravindran Nair said: “The powerful equipment provides us with the levels of heat which are critical for traditional Indian cooking, whilst also providing accurate control to regulate temperatures for different cooking processes. The installation of the new cooking equipment has increased our capacity and improved our efficiency, which is invaluable in periods of busy service.”

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