Dealer fits kitchens for budding street food stars

CHR Foodservice Equipment has been commissioned to fit out six individual restaurants that are competing for their own fully-fledged space at a new casual dining concept in Manchester.

The six street food traders were shortlisted from hundreds of start-ups that entered a competition to be part of The Kitchens Leftbank project on the Spinningfields estate.

Over the next 12 months, the six restaurants will be judged by Spinningfields developer Allied London and The Kitchens board via a range of criteria including turnover, brand and overall concept.

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The winner will secure further backing, mentoring and investment from Allied London.

Paul Neville, sales director at CHR, says the company was more than happy to take on The Kitchens project, given it is just up the road from its Preston base.

“This is very much a local project by and for local people and we were determined to ensure we kept everything going into The Kitchens very much in that spirit,” he explained.

“The design and specification for The Kitchens, by necessity, uses entry level equipment as the venues will only be in operation for 12 months. However, as with our recent top-end Manchester House project we have managed to specify around 80% of the kitchens using British manufactured products from within a 100-mile radius of Manchester.”

Neville said that all fabrication of countering and tabling, as well as bespoke ventilation, was also locally sourced and manufactured.

“Each kitchen has a bespoke configuration to deliver the very specific street food offerings, with each finalist choosing equipment that best suited their menus from a bespoke list which included fryers, salamanders, chargrills, oven ranges, food processors, blenders, bain maries and refrigeration.”

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