Essex-based distributor Salix has finished another high end kitchen outfit, this time for celebrity chef Tom Aikens’ new Tom’s Kitchen in Birmingham.
This is Michelin-starred Aikens’ first UK site outside London, situated at the new Mailbox Centre in Birmingham. British cuisine is served at the restaurant, with a changing seasonal menu.
Salix worked with him on the equipment specification, choosing Williams for the refrigeration.
Aikens said: “We’re open 7 days a week pretty much every day of the year, from 6am to around midnight. The equipment definitely takes a bashing, that’s why we chose Williams. And it’s so nice to have a kitchen that looks immaculate. With Williams you definitely get that, the units fit in so well.”
Appearance is important, since customers can see into the kitchen. “Plus it’s nice for my chefs to work in a really good looking kitchen,” added Aikens.
He said of Salix: “Working with people that understand a chef’s requirements really helps – they have the industry knowledge, having collaborated with so many different chefs, with so many different types of equipment and different spaces, in order to make a kitchen work.”
“Here in Birmingham we have the restaurant itself plus the separate deli, which has a slightly different food offering and is open all day, for breakfast, mid-morning snacks, lunch and afternoon tea. In the restaurant we also have two private dining rooms, plus a fully operational bar that serves food, too. We also do events, using the foyer for larger functions.
“In terms of the kitchen space here it is small and compact, but in terms of the output, it produces a lot. Refrigeration has to work hard. I know Williams products can withstand pulling and slamming doors (which is my pet hate!).”
The Williams equipment comprised seven Jade HJC2 two-door counters, three of which are reverse units with the refrigeration systems on the left side, because of the configuration of the kitchen; an Onyx CPC3 prep station; a WBC30 blast chiller; a Jade HJ1 single door upright cabinet; and two Amber A135 single door undercounter cabinets – a fridge and a freezer.