Paignton-based GS Catering Equipment has completed a project at Hartwood House residential care home in Lyndhurst, the New Forest.
Operated by the Cinnamon Care Collection, the care home chose to replace conventional kitchen equipment with modern multifunctional appliances as part of its recent refurbishment.
GS supplied and installed the equipment, as the distributor works closely with Cinnamon across its estate.
At Hartwood House, head chef Danny Bree explained: “For our residents, we prepare two separate three course meals a day, with two options for each course, as well as alternatives for any dietary requirements.”
Flexibility is an important consideration when choosing equipment. “We also cater for guests and visitors, so we need to be able to respond to changes quickly,” he added.
“Our old combi oven was constantly letting us down,” reported Bree. “It would keep clogging with limescale, and half the time it couldn’t produce steam. We needed to modernise.”
After careful consideration of the home’s requirements, it selected a Rational SelfCookingCenter 101e, the electric powered version of the combi steamer, and a VarioCookingCenter 112+, a two-pan unit with pressure cooking and augmented with the optional VitroCeran hotplate. Both are multifunctional units capable of replacing a range of traditional appliances.
The new equipment is already said to have had effects on how the kitchen at Hartwood House operates. “The amount of time we need for preparation has reduced dramatically,” said Bree. “Overall cooking times are much quicker too, and we’ve been able to add new dishes to the menu with the new cooking processes open to us.”
The support and training Bree and his staff have received from Rational has also been key to the success. He said: “It’s been second to none. We’ve had training days, cooking demonstrations, in-house visits to make sure we’re getting exactly the information we need, it’s marvellous. If we’ve got a problem we can give them a call and we’ll get specific answers to any questions or issues we have.”