Electrolux helps turn prisoners into patissiers

Electrolux Professional has teamed up with Gordon Ramsay to supply and install the kitchen for his new Channel 4 series, Gordon Behind Bars.

The series will see Ramsay provide culinary training to inmates at HMP Brixton to help secure employment upon release, creating a production line for bakery products to be sold within the prison system and to local businesses.

A textiles workshop at the prison, which was previously used as a kitchen, has been converted into a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.

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It includes Touchline two air-o-steam combi ovens, six 6-burner XP oven ranges, a separate convection oven, gas fryers, refrigeration and storage racks from the Electrolux Professional range. The first episode will be aired on Channel 4 on June 26th at 9pm.

A dozen inmates will initially take part in the comprehensive training programme that offers them the opportunity to learn a new skill, gain some work experience which might in turn help them find work when they leave prison.

During the series he will attempt to get prisoners working and paying something back into the system, while giving them the right skills to make them more employable on their release. He will set up Bad Boys Bakery, training up a group of prisoners who are doing time for offences including theft, burglary and robbery.

Ramsay is giving the prisoners the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification and then putting them to work in a pilot prison bakery business. By teaching them culinary skills, he hopes to help the prisoners get a job in catering and stop reoffending.

Doug Walker, Head of Region for UK & Ireland at Electrolux Professional, said “We feel very privileged to be involved in a project such as this one. It gives prisoners an opportunity to learn new skills and a chance of a fresh start when they are released.

“It shows the quality, performance and flexibility of our equipment that we were able to supply a prison kitchen, which is normally such a heavy-duty operation, with products which are suitable for the mass production of bakery products.”

“I am sure this project will be a huge success and we are looking to seeing the positive impact it will have on people’s lives.”

 

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