Last month, before the coronavirus crisis escalated, catering equipment servicing and installation specialist NWCE fired the starting gun on its new Northern Powerhouse Kitchen.
The kitchen started off as an idea by the Bolton-based firm’s team to give back to the foodservice and catering industry and it blossomed from there.
They wanted to create something that not only members of the industry can use, but something that members of the community can use.
Ben Odling, MD of NWCE said: “I am very proud to have opened the development kitchen to support private and public sectors with their menus and staff.
“I am especially proud of the team who were involved in the project in working so hard to get it completed in time, the engineers working on the road continuing to deliver their outstanding service to our clients and our office staff for keeping the NWCE business going in the process.
“I am looking forward to seeing the kitchen help companies and sectors develop their ideas for their future.”
The kitchen has been created to be interchangeable, with appliances able to be switched and swapped virtually instantaneously.
The current kitchen set up contains a VarioCookingCentre with pressure facility and a SCC101e combination oven, both provided by Rational.
The demonstration facility also includes an Evolution series chargrill, griddle, six burner range and salamander from Blue Seal, a three-door preparation fridge and chef base meat draw from Fosters, and a three-door prep fridge and saladette this time from Prodis.
There is also an Inowash hood type dishwasher and hot cupboard and a portable, walk in chiller/freezer created by NWCE itself.
The ventilation canopy and interlock were fabricated and installed by Inox Fabrications.
The Mayor of Bolton Hilary Fairclough cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, and she was one of many esteemed industry guests who were invited along.
Attendees included staff from the Manchester University, who stated: “I just attended the actual opening and launch of the new development kitchen, which I think is amazing and will bring a huge benefit to a number of hospitality and catering companies looking to bring kitchen team together and with this menu development and creation.
“It was a shame that I was unable to see the whole of the conference/meeting room space but understand the pressure of opening a brand new facility. I saw the plans and they look great and I am sure to use these with the development kitchen in the future.”
While Linda Goodfellow from Thwaites said: “I very much enjoyed the cooking presentations by both Rational and NWCE’s Justin Bailey.
“They were able to provide good info on all aspects of the catering equipment stocked in the Northern Powerhouse Kitchen.”