Jestic Foodservice Equipment recently hosted an educational Charcoal Cooking workshop for FCSI members, as part of its ‘Passion for Grilling’ series.
Over 15 consultants attended the day at the supplier’s Paddock Wood headquarters, which included presentations from Jestic, as well as Big K Charcoal and Halton Foodservice.
The day covered a variety of topics including: the different types of charcoal and how it is made; DEFRA regulations and the Clean Air Act; how to ventilate charcoal-fired catering equipment and an overview of the BESA DW172/2018 specification for kitchen ventilation systems.
The FCSI consultants were also treated to a showcase of charcoal cooking on a Josper Grill, thanks to Renzo Sinisi, Josper’s own development chef and Jestic’s culinary development manager Chris Brennan.
Michael Eyre, culinary director at Jestic Foodservice Equipment commented: “It was great that so many respected FCSI consultants were able to join us at Paddock Wood for the charcoal cooking workshop.
“The expert contributions from Mike Theodorou, sales director at Big K and Craig Gould and Phil Gibson from Halton Foodservice really added to the day and I would like to thank them for helping to deliver such a successful event. We appreciate that consultants are busy people and so it is heartening that the attendees found the event so useful.”
Feedback from attendees has reportedly been positive, with FCSI chair, Matthew Merritt-Harrison, praising Jestic for an ‘‘inspirational, informative and worthwhile CPD event”, whilst Alison Cullin-Woodcook, director of Clifton Foodservice Consultants, described it as “hugely educational, and very interesting” and “a new level in education”.
John Gillam appreciated the “time, effort and expense that had been put into the day” and thought it was “one of the best events he had been to”, whilst former FCSI chair Julian Edwards took away a “greater understanding on Defra charcoal regulation, mechanical extraction and Spanish charcoal cuisine” and praised Jestic for “an outstanding session”.