QCM Equipment, design and supply arm of Bristol-based Quality Catering Maintenance Ltd, says that its policy of working only with the cream of equipment manufacturers is paying dividends in the West country.
The business has just completed its third full year of trading, and posted record turnover and rising profits, according to QCM Equipment’s Gerry Oakley.
Among QCM’s notable projects in the past year was The County Hotel in Bath, where the company designed and installed a kitchen for TV chef Martin Blunos, who previously held two Michelin stars at his Lettonie restaurants in Bristol and Bath.
QCM helped create the kitchen for a specialist fish restaurant in the hotel featuring a bespoke suite of Mareno 70 series equipment on a plinth and Rational combi oven as a focal point for the kitchen.
Just prior to Christmas, QCM handed over a kitchen at Cranwell House – also in Bath. A listed Victorian mansion it has become the new home for Royal Junior High School. Their kitchen includes a central suite of Falcon range, fryer and bratt pan – along with a Rational SCC 10-grid combi oven, Hobart hood dishwasher, Foster and Gram refrigeration and Moffat serving counter – manufactured specially to accommodate the height of the smaller, young pupils.
Another unusual project, also completed in December, was a crockery wash system for Bristol-based Foster Events, which provides catering at sports stadia, stately homes and historic venues including Bath Rugby Club, Cheltenham Town Hall and University of Plymouth.
The caterer decided to reduce hire costs for crockery, cutlery and glassware by investing in their own stock, which then required an efficient wash-up capable of handling up to 7000 items at one go. QCM, working in conjunction with Hobart UK, installed two double hood warewashers for crockery and glasses – the latter fitted with reverse osmosis unit to ensure the highest water purity and sparkling results.
The job was made complicated as there was no floor drainage available, so QCM devised a solution with high powered dual pumps and a pre-filter which raises the drain water around 6.0 metres into the ceiling space of Fosters unit – then horizontally for about 50.0 metres and out of the building.