Ensuring a theatre kitchen looks sumptuous for diners is no mean feat, but combing that with an eighth floor bar outfit was the task facing Cambridge-based distributor Intracat when it took on a major project at the Hilton Bournemouth hotel.
Working with consultant, Humble Arnold, which drew up the main designs, the brief called for the fit out of a total of four kitchens, including two internal support kitchens, Schpoons & Forx – the hotel’s destination restaurant led by celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt –and Bournemouth’s highest bar, LEVEL8IGHT: The Sky Bar.
In the main restaurant, Hilton wanted to create a destination dining experience that would appeal to both hotel and non-hotel guests.
Operating as a standard hotel banquet during breakfast hours, it would then transform into a theatrical, open display kitchen for lunch and dinner service, allowing diners to see the chefs in action.
The focal point of the kitchen, a large, rustic pizza oven, took up a significant portion of the available working space, and this had to be taken into consideration during the planning and design phase.
Humble Arnold and Intracat chose Ali Group brand Ambach to provide the majority of cooking equipment.
In total, 24 Ambach products were selected for installation across the four sites, primarily from the Chef 850 range.
On the challenge imposed by the reduced design area, Humble Arnold project manager Matthew Scottow commented: “The space allocation we were given was about 70% of what we originally planned, meaning we had to think carefully about how to best take advantage of what we had.
“The Chef 850 is a good heavy duty range of equipment, in a slightly smaller footprint than Ambach’s top System 900, so we selected that to meet the space requirements on the project.”
Alistair Farquhar, Ambach UK country manager, explained: “This line of Ambach products were well suited to the needs of the Bournemouth project, due to limited work space in each of the kitchens.”