Court Catering Equipment has completed an upgrade of the foodservice facilities at Aspers Casino in the Westfield retail complex in Stratford, east London.
As speed of service and cooked food quality are the driving factors in the Aspers operation, two Ovention Matchbox 1313 ovens and five FWE TS-1663-36DL heated holding cabinets were specified, supplied by Gamble Foodservice Solutions.
To meet the high levels of demand for pizzas during peak periods of service, they are cooked in advance, rather than to order. The Ovention ovens are said to provide the capacity to cook two pizzas in less than five minutes.
Once cooked, the pizzas are transferred to cardboard boxes and sliced, before being placed in the heated holding units. The castor mounted holding units are then wheeled to satellite kitchens on the gambling floor and the pizzas are served to order, reducing the amount of time spent by valets collecting food from the central kitchen and delivering it to the tables. Aspers Casino has resported a 14% increase in pizza sales since the introduction of the Ovention ovens and the heated holding units.
Court Catering Equipment MD Nick Howe commented: “Our brief was to specify equipment which would speed up service and improve the quality of the pizza offer. We looked at various options before coming to the conclusion that the Ovention ovens and FWE heated holding units were the best solution for this specific application. The Gamble team went the extra mile in helping us with this project, including comprehensive product demonstrations and installing the equipment at Aspers Casino for a trial period.”
Aspers Casino’s head of hospitality, Paul Taylor, reported that the Ovention oven delivers consistently high standards of cooked pizza with a crisp base. He added that the accurate temperature control and humidity system of the heated cabinets keep the pizzas at optimum freshness and product quality for up to 4 hours.
He added: “Cooking time and temperature are pre-programmed and food is automatically loaded into the cooking chamber with a tap of the user-friendly touchpad. The Ovention ovens have helped us improve productivity and deliver consistently high standards of cooked food quality. Operating around the clock means that there is potential for a large number of kitchen staff to use the ovens and the fact that they are so easy to operate simplifies training and maximises kitchen efficiency.”