It’s official, our blood sweat and tears have come together and created a fully functioning, high quality development kitchen!
Our conference centre and meeting rooms are still a work in progress, however we’re hoping it won’t be long until we can finally unveil that to you all as well.
Northern Powerhouse Kitchen
The kitchen started off as an idea to give back to the foodservice and catering industry and blossomed from there. We wanted to create something that not only members of our industry can use, but something that members of our community can use as well. So that means the kitchen is open to you no matter whether you work in a 5 star restaurant or you work in the kitchen of a local school, college or hospital.
Ben Odling, managing director of NWCE said:
‘I am very proud to have opened the development kitchen to support private and public sectors with their menus and staff.
‘I am especially proud of the team who were involved in the project in working so hard to get it completed in time, the engineers working on the road continuing to deliver their outstanding service to our clients and our office staff for keeping the NWCE business going in the process.
‘I am looking forward to seeing the kitchen help companies/sectors develop their ideas for their future.’
The kitchen has been created to be totally interchangeable. Which means appliances can be switched and swapped at a moments notices. The current kitchen set up contains a Vario cooking centre with pressure facility and scc101e combination oven both provided by Rational. An Evolution series chargrill, griddle, 6 burner range and salamander from Blue Seal, a 3 door preparation fridge and chef base meat draw from Fosters, another 3 door prep fridge and saladette this time from Prodis. Not to mention we also have an Inowash hood type dishwasher and our very own hot cupboard and portable, walk in chiller/freezer.
Ventilation canopy and interlock have been fabricated and installed by another of our great suppliers Inox fabrications!
Our opening ceremony
The ribbon for the kitchen was cut by none other than our very own Mayor! She was one of many esteemed industry guests who we had invited along. This is what some of our guests had to say about our opening ceremony.
‘I just attended the actual opening and launch of the new development kitchen which I think is amazing and will bring a huge benefit to a number of hospitality and catering companies looking to bring kitchen team together and with this menu development and creation. It was a shame that I was unable to see the whole of the conference/meeting room space but understand the pressure of opening a brand new facility. I saw the plans and they look great and I am sure to use these with the development kitchen in the future!’
‘I very much enjoyed the cooking presentations by both Rational and Justin. They were able to provide good info on all aspects of the catering equipment stocked in the Northern Powerhouse Kitchen.’
If you think that the Northern Powerhouse Kitchen could be of use to you, whether you want to use it for menu testing, equipment testing, staff training, the uses are endless.
Click the link below to book your time in the kitchen.