Waltons Catering Equipment Distributors of Bradford has completed a scheme to refurbish Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms in Elland, Yorkshire.

Based in a Georgian sandstone building, the venue’s main ballroom has a capacity for 250 people and two additional ballrooms can hold 100 guests each.

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When it came to specifying a new kitchen during a recent refurbishment, managing director and chef Jonathan Nichols was looking for equipment that could prepare large amounts of food, quickly and reliably.

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Frima’s advanced VarioCooking Center multifunctional appliance was high on his wish list.

“My head chef and I had previously seen Frima in action at a CookingLive demo site,” said Nichols.

“We’d both been impressed by what it could do, but the existing models were either too large or too small for our needs.”

Following Waltons’ refurbishment, the site became the first company in the UK to own the latest addition to the VarioCooking Center range

The 112L has two 25litre capacity pans, making it suitable for use in areas with limited space that have to produce larger quantities of food.

“The flexibility of the 112L was a huge selling point for us,” said Nichols. “We can use one pan to deep fry a batch of chips while the other is cooking meat sous vide.”

He is satisfied with the new addition to Bertie’s kitchen: “At the end of the day, it saves us time and money. That always puts a spring in your step!”