The suite debate: modular vs bespoke

Charvet suite
Charvet custom ranges are made to measure.

Prime cooking ranges are usually one of the first considerations when it comes to the equipment specification of any commercial kitchen. But with a wide variety of bespoke and modular options available, how can dealers discern the most suitable choice, and how will their advice to the end user affect a whole scheme’s design?

One firm which is renowned for its cooking suite expertise is Charvet. While it has been historically known for its high end, bespoke ranges, its latest One Series has given it a massive push into the modular market. According to sales director, Ian Clow: “High street operators especially are moving to smaller kitchen footprints, putting increased pressure on manufacturers to produce suitable equipment. Charvet’s Pro700 ranges are designed specifically for smaller footprints, providing equally powerful and robust cooking ranges without compromising cooking power and menu adaptability.

“Smaller dimension ranges can also feature refrigeration built in, cutting the amount of floor space required for a service period and cutting the amount of movement needed, because chef has everything to hand.”

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He detailed: “Charvet bespoke custom ranges are an entirely ‘one off’ item and truly made to measure – we have created round ones, boat shaped ranges, as well as the more conventional rectangles. Truly bespoke ranges allow for a design to fit a given space, allowing for precision of movement within the kitchen.

“We also offer our Extend modular bespoke ranges, made up modular components under a one-piece top. Modular units give a flexible solution and offer the ability to replace and rearrange modules and adapt to different styles of offer and cooking concepts.”

At German manufacturer, MKN, it has also supplied bespoke and modular suites to many sites, including bespoke ranges at Harrods and modular equipment at Grocers Hall and the O2 Intercontinental in London. PR manager, Anja Halbauer, analysed: “We often sell our modular cooking equipment to gastronomies like snack or takeaway concepts or to large community catering kitchens. Bespoke units are often used in high-class restaurants or owner managed kitchens. For them a bespoke unit is a dream come true and a lifetime investment.”

“For a bespoke unit we can include all individual wishes and demands regarding the design and the installation. The customer can choose and combine whatever they want within our great range of appliances – almost anything is possible.”

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