Shine gets call from Masterchef finalists

Two MasterChef finalists have turned to Shine Food Machinery to conceive the catering equipment design for their first restaurant in Cardiff.

Larkin Cen and Dale Williams have consulted the Newport-based distributor to help them deliver the ‘Hokkei concept’ to the Welsh capital.

And their efforts will be laid bare in front of the nation as the project is being filmed as part of a documentary set to air later this year.

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The pair hope to use the Cardiff venture as a stepping stone to further expansion. They’ve previously described Hokkei as a “stripped back, high-end version of an Asian takeaway”.

Larkin said: “The scale of the Hokkei project is huge. My ambition is to have outlets in all major cities within a very short time period.”

The proposed restaurant at Crwys Road will house a development Kitchen which will be used as a training kitchen and service a further five sites in Cardiff which are planned for the near future.

It will further double up as a training kitchen to be used to train chefs to develop the concept to the nation.

‘The Hokkei project’ is set to be screened as part of a four-part BBC documentary. The show follows the progress of Larkin and Dale since the MasterChef final to the opening of their restaurant.

It will be broadcast in late 2014.

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