Heavy equipment is at the heart of commercial kitchens, be it in the form of cooking equipment, refrigerators, warewashers or more. The winner of the Catering Insight Awards supplier heavy equipment category, sponsored by Commercial Kitchen, will be whichever company is judged to have produced the most innovative heavy duty appliances for sale through the distributor channel over the past year.
Therefore the contenders are:
Charvet has expanded its colour panel technology to the Pro Series modular cooking suites. The heavy duty PRO Series now allows distributors to bring a touch of colour and individuality to the kitchen and adapt ranges to suit brand identities and designs. Charvet has always produced coloured enamel panels for bespoke suites, and a limited palette was also used for other products. In 2018, the firm decided to widen that choice to include colour for the Pro 700, 800 and 900 suites and matching salamander.
Falcon Foodservice Equipment
In the last 12 months Falcon has launched a range of different products, meeting very different and specific market needs. These include Dominator Plus electric chargrills, which reach temperature more quickly than gas, offering efficiency savings and making these suitable for kitchens that can’t or won’t use gas appliances. The electric appliances don’t stop there, with the F900 electric fryer now on the market too. Heating up in as little as 4 minutes, it features an Eco setting for reduced energy, while two independently-controlled pans give flexibility.
In March 2018, Lincat unveiled its ‘no frills’ Phoenix induction oven range – and experienced unprecedented interest, with its sales team taking pre-orders for the model and ramping up production to meet demand. It is powerful, energy efficient and robustly built. However, its spacious 6kW fan-assisted oven, which can accommodate no fewer than six 1/1 gastronorms, is the feature which sets it apart from other oven ranges in its class. This has been achieved by moving the internal cooling fans to the rear of the unit.
Over a number of years Synergy has developed groundbreaking technology in the form of highly fuel-efficient burner systems to be used for gas grills, producing better cooked foods at lower energy costs, and continues to do so. In 2018 the company launched its new outdoor cook station, along with a host of improvements to the Synergy range, including a new self-cleaning grill bar design in a diamond shape, removable slow cook/resting shelves that are easier to clean, advanced flame sensing, efficient heat capture and a new drop-in design.
Unox UK has in the last 12 months introduced a groundbreaking new technology to the catering industry. The Evereo ‘hot refrigerator’ is an innovative and technological temperature controlled cooker and preserver for food. The service temperature food preserver uses patented technology that has been designed by Unox in collaboration with the University of Parma to deliver flexibility for cooking and preserving food. This means that food can be cooked and held without the traditional blast chilling, cold storage and regeneration process, and served within a few seconds.