Dublin-based Kaneco was contracted by chef Andy McFadden, who part owns and runs nearby restaurant, Glovers Alley, to overhaul the 70-seater venue.
£1.1m was invested into the new project, with McFadden asking Kaneco to specify the most suitable appliances for his set-up in the new kitchen design.
When it came to warewashers, Kaneco recommended Winterhalter. McFadden commented: “People always ask, did you design the restaurant? Of course I didn’t, I’m a chef, I don’t know everything! I’m not an expert on dishwashers, so I found the best people, who know the best products.”
Through his career working in some of London’s most decorated restaurants he was aware of Winterhalter. However, before returning to his home city to create Glovers Alley he had never had the chance to directly experience brand’s appliances.
“This was a unique opportunity to do almost whatever I wanted, because we had so much space I could separate everything. So I was like, ‘I can have a glasswasher, plate washer and a pot wash!’ I feel like I’m only going to get to do this once, so I’m going to go for it,” he said.
The Winterhalter appliances chosen for the set-up make the most of the layout, but are also said to be energy efficient and versatile. The UC unit offers versatility by being able to slot into the operation without encroaching on valuable worktop space, while also using reverse osmosis technology to remove water impurities and the need to polish washed pieces.
In keeping with McFadden ambitions to ensure investment was made in specialist appliances, Glovers Alley’s pots and pans are washed separately from their fine china and glassware in a UF utensil washer. Meanwhile, the Winterhalter PT EnergyPlus passthrough incorporates a waste water heat exchanger and an additional exhaust air heat exchanger, which is said to cut the operating costs in the kitchen and reduce the power consumption. It should also improve the kitchen climate, by ensuring no steam escapes when the hood is opened at the end of wash.
McFadden summed up: “We never have an issue with the Winterhalters in terms of whether something’s clean and I absolutely love them, they’re going really well.
“The glasswasher is amazing because the guys don’t have to polish the glasses at the end of the cycle, and they’re delighted with that. With the Winterhalter it’s so quick and easy to get people trained to use it. You don’t need a science degree, it’s really simple.”