Essex dealer CCE was recently tasked with outfitting a kitchen for the Les Rocquettes Hotel in St Peter Port, part of the Guernsey-based Sarnia Hotels Group.
The distributor partnered with Valentine Equipment and sister company Cuisinequip to provide and install a mix of cooking equipment including induction hobs and fryers.
Calum Le Noury, general manager for the Sarnia Hotels Group, detailed: “We first used induction equipment in the main kitchen of Moore’s Hotel four years ago. The equipment was okay, but the technology has moved on since then and I saw the potential benefits of continuing to use induction in its latest up-to-date form. It was natural then when we were planning to refit the kitchen at Les Rocquettes Hotel this year that I decided to take it to the next level.”
He continued: “On this project it was very important to get quality equipment that would be reliable and stand up to a very busy kitchen environment. I wanted innovative solutions to improve working conditions for our staff; this meant looking at everything from work flow to air temperature in the kitchen.
“I worked with Jon Bartlett from Valentine and Cuisinequip back in the 1980s when we were both chefs, and had been talking to him about their equipment at a trade show, so when CCE recommended installing this equipment I knew that I could go ahead with confidence. Energy saving was also an important consideration and both the Valentine fryers and the induction hobs from Cuisinequip certainly deliver on that front.”
Les Rocquettes Hotel, head chef, Said Acharki, added: “My team and I love working in the new kitchen. The speed of the 5kW induction hobs from Cuisinequip is incredible and I never would have believed what a difference they could make to our working practices and production speed. The working environment is now safer and so much cooler than it used to be.
“The Valentine fryers are saving us money in both energy and oil usage and have a really quick temperature recovery. The improved efficiency of this kitchen means that my chefs are under less pressure and are happier in their work.”
Talking about future developments for the Sarnia Group, Le Noury said: “We are currently undergoing a total refurbishment of the Library Bar at Moore’s Hotel in St Peter Port. This is scheduled to reopen in April 2018 under a new name and serving modern British comfort food with our own unique twist.
“This is an exciting project where we will be opening up the old wine cellars with restaurant tables and it will have an open kitchen so aesthetics will be very important. The new kitchen will feature Valentine fryers and double induction hobs from Cuisinequip. The new kitchen at Les Rocquettes has proved so successful that I wouldn’t dream of using any other equipment. There are future projects planned and we look forward to working closely with Valentine and Cuisinequip once again.”
Jon Bartlett, account manager for Valentine Equipment and Cuisinequip, concluded: “I have worked closely with Sarnia Hotels in various roles throughout my career and I am honoured to be involved with their latest projects. Calum has a great vision for the future of this prestigious group and I wish him and his team the very best and look forward to seeing the completed restaurant at Moore’s Hotel where my career first started.”