BGL Rieber stated its intent to develop more business in the education sector yesterday as the first day of LACA got off to a flying start.
The manufacturer is using the show to outline its EST Ceran cooking module, which it claims brings theatre cooking to conventional food serveries.
The EST can cook anything from fried eggs to noodles and stir-fries and will simmer dishes such as curry sauces while holding them ready for service.
Rieber installed the first one at Bryanston School in Dorset last year and is continuing to look for more customers that it believes can benefit from the system.
As the EST simply slots in to replace conventional hot holding plates, the company says it is ideal for new counters or refurbishments.
Bryanston School’s catering manager Mike Thorne has certainly given the unit a glowing endorsement after touring other schools and high volume food sites – including Wembley and major shopping malls – to see how food service has evolved.
“We had been stuck in a time warp with either wet wells or flat hobs with gastronorms on top. There was no versatility with that system. You can’t cook with it; all you can do is serve food,” he said.
“I was staggered not to have seen more Rieber equipment in use in the wider market. With the Rieber EST system you can cook or hold food hot at any service point and, because you can alter the height, GN serving dishes of varying capacities sit flat and present perfectly,” he added.