Kitchen design house GastroNorth teamed up with combi oven manufacturer Unox for a new kitchen installation at St Chad’s College, a recognised, independent College of Durham University.
With a dated kitchen in need of upgrade, the College turned to GastroNorth to design, supply and install a new system which could help cater for its students and guests within the inevitable restrictions of space and ventilation due to the age of the building.
GastroNorth specified two x 10 grid electric Unox Cheftop Mind.Maps Countertop Plus combi ovens, designed to combine installation flexibility with enhanced performance, efficiency and data analytics.
Both Cheftop ovens were installed with integral ventilation hoods which sit outside of the main cookline/ventilation system.
And the ovens are already reportedly proving their value, delivering consistent results at the touch of a button as part of the new kitchen setup.
Stuart West, head chef at St Chad’s College, said: “We’re using the ovens all day long, for breakfast, lunch and dinner service with between 100 and 180 diners each time for banqueting and conferences. They’re performing fantastically – everything you would expect from an oven of this quality.”
Tim Whitfield, director at GastroNorth, said: “There were a number of reasons why we specified Unox ovens on this particular job and it all comes down to the flexibility and performance of the ovens.
“Practically, we were tight on space and we knew the ovens would have to sit outside of the main canopy. One big benefit of Unox ovens is that they can sit very close together side-by-side, so we were able to fit them into a very tight space. The College also benefited from the Unox Long.Life4 warranty, which offers four years’ cover on spare parts and 12 months on labour.
“Another benefit of selecting Unox ovens is that they offer significant energy savings against other manufacturers because they’re not as demanding power-wise and are also highly efficient with regards water consumption. We were able to connect the ovens to the internet to make use of the enhanced data analytics which will enable both Unox and the College staff to monitor and enhance the efficiency of the products going forward.”
The Cheftop Mind.Maps Plus can regenerate 51 plates of food at 65°C in 15 minutes, cook whole or split chickens in 43 minutes and steam 80kg of rice in 27 minutes.
Aside from touch-screen controls and ready-made cooking programmes from the control panel, kitchen staff can benefit from wireless connectivity to store, share and recall recipes, monitor automatic washing programmes, monitor consumption statistics and download HACCP data.
It features Air.Maxi technology for intense and uniform air flow on each tray, which should reduce cooking times and maximise productivity. Smart.Preheating technology creates suitable cooking conditions using smart technology to automatically set the best temperature and preheating time according to the cooking process. This is said to enable reliability of results, and energy savings of up to 20% when compared to manual preheating.
The model also has Sense.Klean technology which estimates the degree of dirt and suggests the best automatic cleaning mode according to actual use. This feature should enable hygiene and avoid wasting water and detergent.
Gary Nunn, MD at Unox UK, said: “This is another superb demonstration of the benefits of Unox ovens in a busy commercial kitchen. The kitchen team at St. Chad’s College can now draw on the reliable and consistent performance of the Cheftop Mind.Maps ovens, safe in the knowledge that they have full warranty support and the option of Data Driven Cooking.”