Suppliers on deck for marine demo kitchen

A group of catering equipment suppliers is providing the kit for a state-of-the-art demonstration facility that will allow marine customers to model new kitchens.

The demonstration galley will be installed in October at the Southampton headquarters of Trimline, a marine interior refurbishment specialist.

It is developing the facility in partnership with cooking equipment manufacturer MKN, but has also gained support from Wexiodisk, Porkka, Halton and Marine Systems Technology.

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The facility is being created to enable both suppliers and partners the opportunity to display and use the facilities, test new products and experience how they could work on ships within the replicated galley environment.

The venue will also function as a training centre for chefs to learn how to use the latest catering equipment and develop bespoke menus.

Colin Stapley, business development manager of catering at Trimline, said the investment strengthens its commitment to customers and suppliers.

“It is essential for us that we match cost, performance and energy savings with excellent products that produce outstanding food,” he said. “The galley will allow us to show our clients exactly what these innovative products can do and allow them the opportunity to practice within the kitchen before they make a commitment.”

The demo kitchen will feature a MKN Flexi combi oven and Flexi Chef, both with touch screen control panels, and induction hob, a Wexiodisk undercounter dishwasher, and a refrigerator and combination fridge freezer from Porkka.

A Halton Capture Jet hood with UV light technology and the latest energy saving M.A.R.V.E.L. system will complete the galley.

The kitchen is due to be completed at the beginning of October and will be welcoming its first guests at the end of October.

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