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Outdoor Catering: The Essentials for the Festive Season

Christmas market catering

The upcoming festive period is one of the most profitable times of the year. Yes, there is the added stress of dealing with an influx of customers and seasonal menus but it’s a challenge that we all relish!

And so with the seasonal spirit we’re running down some of the must-have items and decorations that you’ll need over the coming months.

But first, why not give your current equipment and appliances a quick test? As the proverb goes; “a stitch in time saves nine” and determining any issues ahead of time will save you a lot of hassle and frustration further on down the line.

Anyway, sit back, relax and let us take some of the stress out of getting prepared for the Christmas rush.

Here are some of our top tips and must-have items for outdoor caterers. …continue reading Outdoor Catering: The Essentials for the Festive Season

Black Friday Offer: The G750’s Extended Warranty


We’re now offering a two year parts and labour warranty with the Blue Seal G750 six burner gas oven range.

The additional warranty coverage is part of our ongoing commitment to providing our customers with the best prices and after-sales care in the industry. And while it is something of a Black Friday special, we’re expecting to keep this deal around for the foreseeable future – at no extra cost to you.

The G750 is perfect for a multitude of commercial kitchens, but with its compact design (a hallmark of the SR Series) it is especially suitable for those premises where floor space may be tight. With a depth of just 750mm, this oven range has become a popular option for schools, smaller hotels and restaurants.

Specification & Features

  • Six burners
  • Easy-to-view controls
  • One piece front
  • 2/1 Gastronorm static oven
  • Piezo ignition
  • Side hinged doors
  • Five shelf position racking
  • Vitreous enamelled lined oven
  • 130-270°C thermostatic controls
  • Connection: 3/4″ (BSP) Female
  • Cooktops: Open burners – 5.8kW, 20,000 Btu/hr
  • Oven: 7.9kW, 27,000 Btu/hr
  • Dimensions: 900w x 750d x 921h


Black Friday Offer

Blue Seal G750 Gas Oven Range
Now with a 2 Year Warranty
Price: £1,149 (ex-vat).


Black Friday Offer: Tiziano LLKTZ6202 Twin Deck Pizza Oven

Cuppone Tiziano LLKTZ6202 Black Friday

Don’t panic.

We’ve taken the stress out of Black Friday.

There’s no need to jostle. There’s no need to be all arms and elbows as you battle your way through the aisles of department stores to get to the front of the queue. There’s no need to sit, eyes-wide-open, staring at a computer screen waiting for the countdown to end.

Importantly, there’s no need to miss out because you were busy running a kitchen, preparing food or serving tables. …continue reading Black Friday Offer: Tiziano LLKTZ6202 Twin Deck Pizza Oven

Two sides of the coin – The debate about tipping legislation


The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has recently urged the Government to ‘proceed cautiously’ with any legislative changes regarding tipping. Chief Executive Kate Nicholls last week stated that a refresh to the code of practice would be welcome, but warned against an overreaction to reports of bad tipping.

The ALMR’s words directly oppose those of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), who, last month, called for a new law to be drafted.

The BHA, which represents around 40,000 UK-based businesses, have stated that the government should seek to improve clarity around the practice of tipping and force companies to reveal what happens to tips, and where the gratuity payments end up. …continue reading Two sides of the coin – The debate about tipping legislation

4 Food Trends for 2016


It is officially the Christmas season. Unless you’ve been living underneath a rather large rock recently, you’ll know that coffee shop chains have started adding seasonal syrups to their drinks and one well-known British retailer has launched their annual festive advert to (as usual) widespread acclaim.

But before you know it, Christmas is out of the way and the New Year is upon us. The past twelve months has seen the avocado rise to prominence, the continued growth of pop-up stalls and street food vendors, and it has been the year when plates (literally) went out of the window in favour of shovels, sinks and terracotta plant pots.

So what’s going to be big in 2016? What trends are going to take the industry by storm and, importantly, what will consumers want? …continue reading 4 Food Trends for 2016

The Great Sultana and Raisin Outrage of 2015


After ninety years, Cadbury’s have decided to radically adapt the composition of their Fruit & Nut bar.

Being British, the natural reaction was to jump immediately towards a default outrage setting and the topic quickly became a focal point of radio shows this morning and has received a fair amount of coverage in the mainstream press.

Launched in 1926 the bar’s recipe hasn’t changed much. But far from being bored with the same old combination of fruit, nut and chocolate, the British public at large has been content with that classic mix. Yet Cadbury’s have opted to add ‘variety’ to the bar.

“It is important we have a flexible supply of the dried fruit we use in our famous Fruit and Nut bars to both retain quality and ensure it’s still an affordable treat,” a spokesperson for the confectioner said.

So what have Cadbury’s done that has forced people to vent online?

They’ve added sultanas.

You could say that adding one form of dried grape to another won’t make that much of a difference, but then again you might be wrong… So what’s the difference between a raisin and a sultana?


Raisins are sweet dried grapes that can either be seeded or seedless. Unfortunately, the term ‘raisin’ has become something of a catch-all term recently that has been used to refer to currants, sultanas and raisins! Confusing!

If we’re being sticklers, though, raisins tend to be dried red grapes – though the colour of a raisin can vary due to the drying process and grape varietal.

Raisins are often used in cooking as (unlike currants, for example) these little bits of delectable sweetness can soak up other flavours, which is why they’re so popular with chefs and brewers alike.


Sultanas have a more streamlined definition. A proper sultana is a dried green (or white) seedless grape. Typically, they’re larger than their raisin brethren and a little bit sweeter too – though that last point is up for debate.

According to reports, Cadbury’s ran a taste test of their new bars and found that 200 people couldn’t tell the difference between sultanas and raisins.

But can you?

+stayclear by Foster


As one of leading manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment, Foster is well known for bringing new technologies and pioneering advancements to market.

Recently, Foster has unveiled another ‘Foster First’: The +stayclear condenser.


Already added to their most popular G2 range of fridges, freezers and appliances, +stayclear is a revolutionary redesign of the conventional condenser, the crucial component that removes heat from the fridge and helps keep the unit within its prime operating temperature range.

…continue reading +stayclear by Foster

Illegal Haul of Russian Caviar Found In Hearse


The shelf life of caviar is typically a couple of months, though a couple of varieties can be frozen and can be safely stored for up to a year.

Best practices indicate that all caviar should be consumed on the day of opening, but when some of it remains it is advisable to gently flatten the caviar, cover in a plastic wrap and store in a refrigerator surrounded by crushed ice at a temperature that is just above freezing.

…continue reading Illegal Haul of Russian Caviar Found In Hearse

Turn to Turnips this Halloween!


“Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with ‘scary,’ ‘spooky,’ ‘haunted,’ or ‘forbidden’ in the title!”

The clocks have gone back and the gates of hell are about to be opened, unleashing an army of ghouls, zombies and witches that will take over our high streets and town centres before vanishing again just as quickly.

It is, of course, Halloween on Saturday but did you know that revellers are being encouraged to put down the pumpkin and turn to the turnip?

Inclement weather has seemingly caused a shortage of pumpkins which has led to English Heritage calling on people to turn the clocks even further back and take their knives and utensils to turnips instead.

…continue reading Turn to Turnips this Halloween!

Bakers Create a Record Breaking Baguette in Milan


Excuse us for a minute or two – or perhaps even an hour or more – but we’re salivating over the record breaking news that has come out of Milan over the weekend.

In case you haven’t heard, French and Italian bakers combined their efforts to produce the world’s longest baguette.

It came in at 122 metres in length, or 400ft for those using imperial measurements.

A judge from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand and (we guess) after a flick of an exceedingly long tape measure the sixty-odd bakers received the thumbs up.

…continue reading Bakers Create a Record Breaking Baguette in Milan