Grande Cuisine provides grill products as a major part of its portfolio, working closely with France-based Capic to offer its salamanders.
“By dealing directly with the manufacturer we are able to ensure continuity in terms of product quality, product supply and spare parts,” said Steve Hobbs, Grande Cuisine’s director.
“We can liaise with them on R&D and, if necessary, call on them should we, or one of our clients, require either a ‘special’ unit or minor modifications to a standard product.”
The most recent launch is the Capic QuickTherm, a 4.5kW grill available in single and three phase configuration types.
This is said to offer the user the flexibility of operating with either one, two or three of the ‘high light’ elements on at any one time, meaning it can be used for holding, warming, or cooking.
Elsewhere, Cuisinequip offers a range of rise and fall salamanders from German manufacturer Berner. It recently introduced the Star Salamander BSALH40TE, the Induction Griddle BGAH401S and the Star Hot Holding and Slow Cooking Cabinet BHS1KTS.
“When we first saw Berner induction griddles and induction salamanders in action at the Internorga foodservice show we were highly impressed with the design, testing and of course the track record they have in leading foodservice operations,” said a Cusinequip spokesperson. “We also back this up with a 2 year warranty and our ongoing dedicated customer support.”
On grill design, the spokesperson added: “It’s hard to say where further improvement will come from given the impact of induction, but it could be from remote monitoring and data capture for larger operations to increase efficiency and control.”
Fellow supplier Exclusive Ranges carries several grill brands in its portfolio: Rogue gas-fired salamanders, Salvis electric salamanders and Menu System griddles. It has recently added Warmsler modular equipment to its plug and play range of products. [[page-break]]
Exclusive Ranges’ MD Trevor Burke commented: “The Warmsler range of modular griddle plates comes with both ribbed and smooth cooking surfaces that have been manufactured from high grade, compound chrome steel, offering maximum heat retention and an easy to clean surface.”
Burke believes that by working with manufacturers and understanding customers’ needs, Exclusive Ranges can “bring to market equipment that is fit for purpose, durable and functional with full preventative maintenance and servicing packages”.
In the future he feels: “We can expect to see an improvement of cooking surfaces with the development of bi-metal products that offer a high quality, hard wearing cooking plate. Thermostatic controls would give increased control over quality and a more precise cooking time.”
Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM) is the exclusive distributor of Sirman products in the UK; this includes contact grills, panini grills and adjustable salamander grills. Sirman grills are constructed using heavy duty stainless steel and shock-proof coated heating elements. They can also be supplied with removable and replaceable plates, which is said to prolong their service life.
“These contact grills provide a quick, simple and healthy way of cooking a whole range of inexpensive but high-profit snacks, such as paninis and toasted sandwiches,” said marketing and sales manager Mark Hogan.
At wholesaler R-B-Distributors, it offers a range of grills and salamanders from brands such as Buffalo and Thor.
A new heavy duty piece of equipment recently added to the range is the Thor Salamander Grill. Featuring two 4.4kW infrared burners with manual valve controls and dial controls, it allows chefs to control the grilling process.
With a choice of propane (GL163-P) and natural gas (GL163-N), all models are available as a counter top or wall mountable option (wall bracket supplied). This unit features a removable grill rack system with three shelf positions and rack supports. A 2 year parts and labour warranty is also included.