Equipment supplier, Euro Catering, is launching ‘Equipment Plus’ training options for dealers and end users.
The course, provided free to some Euro Catering customers but available to anyone, is initially aimed at end users, teaching them how to maximise the value of their equipment purchases, but it is also applicable to dealers selling the appliances.
Euro Catering corporate development chef Darren Massey believes end users and chefs, on average, currently only use around 60% of their equipment’s functionality at best. Many could reduce operational costs and optimise their menus, if they knew how to use the functionality behind their control panel to the full, operate programme selection to their advantage and better plan recipes and dish costings.
The training works at two levels – Equipment Plus and Equipment Plus Advanced. The first is a 3-hour session, guiding the trainee through the basic operation of the equipment, its functionality and its general care. This includes programming and programme selection, cleaning advice and recipe guidance and, if desired and appropriate, cooking-off a dish or dishes using a pre-set programme.
Equipment Plus Advanced is a session of a working day’s duration and enables the trainee to do all of the above, but also go deeper into the formulation of recipes, testing of potential new product lines or dishes, advanced problem solving and trouble-shooting, menu innovation and out-of-kitchen food management and budgeting.
Training will ideally take place at Euro Catering’s Culinary Centre in Daventry, but Massey and the other trainers can travel and train onsite, charging travel and any accommodation costs.
He said: “We believe the content of our training will be unique and the approach we are taking to this, truly enlightened. Those we work with through this programme can be using any brand of equipment, as the principles of capitalising on functionality and focusing on the minutiae of a food manufacturing or foodservice business, to ensure that all works in harmony and on an optimal basis, is the same regardless of what is being used.
“This is about added value, but much more. It can provide participants with all the tools they need to make their business run more effectively, dynamically and profitably, whilst generating higher levels of customer satisfaction and better product taste, presentation and payback. It might be training for half or a full-day in most cases, but it will be training with purpose and intent that will be embedded in processes forever more, if applied post-training.”
Equipment Plus costs £225 plus VAT per person, whilst Equipment Plus Advanced costs £495 plus VAT for a day’s training.