Lincat’s rib-tickling addition

Three new clam griddles, with ribbed upper plates, have been added to Lincat’s Opus 700 range of prime cooking equipment.

The new models include a single head model with a ribbed plate (OE7211/R), a twin model with one smooth and one ribbed plate (OE7210/R) and a twin model with both ribbed plates (OE7210/FR).

Lincat marketing manager Helen Applewhite commented: “The speed at which the clam griddles can cook food, along with the taste quality that’s achieved, makes them a popular option for any kitchen. The ribbed plate variation will give our customers even more choice and enable them to achieve that characteristic branding on meat, which diners desire.”

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Suitable for cooking meat products, Opus 700’s single and double clam griddles are claimed to cook food up to three times quicker than standard griddles by searing both sides of the food simultaneously.

The clam plates automatically adjust to the thickness of the meat to provide even heat distribution, reduce shrinkage and seal in flavour.

Thermostatic control and individual digital timers are available on each clam plate, while independently controlled cooking zones are said to provide flexibility and economy during quieter periods. The 12mm hard anodised aluminium clam tops are coated with PTFE non-stick sheets.

One business to specify Opus 700 clam griddles is Forum Café Bars, which has eight sites in South Yorkshire, including café bars, gastropubs and American-style diners and smokehouses. The group currently uses four clam griddles across its outlets – two single and one double.

Forum Café Bars group executive chef Andy Burns commented: “The first Opus 700 clam griddle was introduced into our group last year and we have been delighted with the results. We cook around 2,000 burgers a week, so high volume and fast speed is of the essence.

“Depending on size, we can have a burger ready in 1.5 minutes – a 6oz in 2 minutes. On a chargrill, it would have taken 8 to 10 minutes. This speed gives the meat that crucial resting time, which makes it tender and brings it to perfect serving temperature. They are quick and easy to clean, so we can cook a wide variety of items in a short space of time.”

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