A group of foodservice consultants were invited to roll up their sleeves and become chefs for the day on a recent visit to MKN’s factory in Germany.
Nine members of the FCSI were handed an apron with their name embroidered on it when they visited the MKN plant in Wolfenbuttel to try out the new FlexiChef as an example of the latest in cooking innovation.
Wayne Bennett, projects director for MKN, said that instead of being put through “death by Powerpoint”, the consultants were divided into groups and asked to create their own lunch using the time-saving piece of equipment, guided by three MKN development chefs.
He explained: “As a former consultant, I know you don’t usually get the chance to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in during these things, but I felt it was important for them to be hands-on if they were going to understand the benefits of the FlexiChef as part of our ‘kitchen of the future’.”
Roz Burgess, owner of Intelligent Catering Limited, who took part in the event, said: “The hands-on cooking where we made our own lunch with the FlexiChef was particularly enjoyable and brought the equipment to life, making it more memorable and easier to recall when with clients.”
Steve Cole, from Foodservice Ventilation Consultants, who also attended the trip, added: “The practical cooking exercise in the demonstration kitchen was an excellent way for us to appreciate the versatility and ease of operation of the FlexiChef system. It was also good fun.”
MKN’s FlexiChef offers multiple functions, including grilling, roasting, frying, boiling and simmering.
It seems to be the season for factory visits among the hot cooking manufacturers at the moment. Last month, Rational flew out a group of its top dealers to see its combi oven manufacturing plant in Germany.