Ex-Signature FSE director flying high with new venture

Former Signature FSE director Steve Hobbs says he is looking forward to what Hotelympia will hold for his new company as it prepares to exhibit at the show for the first time.

Hobbs exited Signature FSE in the second half of last year after 10 years at the helm and subsequently went on to start up Milton Keynes-based Grande Cuisine.

The company is the distribution agent of three major French cooking brands that Hobbs worked closely with during his time at Signature: Adventys, Athanor and Capic.

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With several months of activity behind it, the April exhibition provides a chance for the company to showcase what it has to offer.

“We are really looking forward to showcasing our high quality collections at the Excel in a few weeks’ time,” he said. “It is a great opportunity to introduce Grande Cuisine to the market place after just a short period of trading. Events like these enable fellow industry professionals to see for themselves how our products can suit their needs, and with a hands-on approach.”

The Grande Cuisine team will be on hand to demonstrate the practicalities and capabilities of the three brands, with a particular emphasis on environmentally-friendly product lines.

Hobbs said the company plans to promote the complete range of Adventys’ table top ‘plug and play’ style induction hobs along with a new range of 3 phase induction products for larger kitchens and production environments, as well as custom built island cook suites from Athanor.

Highlights from Capic will include a salamander grill capable of a temperature increase from 0°C to 200°C in 20 seconds and Capi’Top — a combined Bratt pan for braising and boiling kettle with a compact footprint.

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