The latest addition to Williams Refrigeration’s Chef’s Drawer range is a variable temperature model that can be switched from a refrigerator to a freezer. It features an entirely new body which, because it ventilates through the front, can squeeze into tight spaces.
An individual refrigerated drawer, it is made of stainless steel throughout and should be able to cope with ambients up to 43°C – making it suitable for busy commercial kitchens.
The new Chef’s Drawer, model VWCD1, is 670mm deep, thanks to its refrigeration system being mounted to the side, as opposed to the rear. It can fit beside or under a standard 700mm work surface, leaving 30mm at the back to make it easy to plug in to a 13A supply.
Like the established models in the range, the VWCD1 accepts 2/1GN pans, up to 150mm in depth.
The ability to suite the new Chef’s Drawer into tight corners could suit smaller kitchens, or any site looking to save space. The robust construction should mean that two drawers can be stacked – doubling the footprint capacity. The height of two stacked VWCD1 units is 838mm, including castors, so they can fit under a 900mm high worktop.
Features include removable drawers and fittings for cleaning, a cassette-type refrigeration system for ease of servicing and maintenance, and swivel and brake castors, to make it easily movable for positioning and cleaning, and steady when locked in position. The castors come in a choice of sizes, and there’s also the option of adjustable legs, so the height of the Chef’s Drawer can be specified to match the site’s needs.
Like the other models in the Chef’s Drawer range, the new VWCD1 is said to offer a greener refrigeration solution. It uses natural R290 refrigerant and an eco-friendly high performance, high density polyurethane insulation.
Malcolm Harling, sales and marketing director at Williams said: “The latest Chef’s Drawer is a really versatile piece of refrigeration.
“It ticks the boxes for making the most of available kitchen space, for sustainability and for multi-functionality. The ability to switch from fridge to freezer will be a big plus for many sites – it will help cope with seasonal menu changes, the need for extra chilled or frozen storage for events, and so on.”
The VWCD1 measures 1,100mm wide by 670mm deep and, depending on the castor or leg option selected, from 456mm to 530mm high. It has a capacity of 105 litres.