Catering firms urged ‘not to forget the kitchen’

PKL event kitchen

The country’s largest supplier of catering equipment for hire has urged event organisers and caterers not to under-estimate the importance of properly-designed kitchen spaces ahead of new health and safety regulations due into force next month.

From April 2015, event organisers, caterers and venue managers will bear responsibility for the health and safety of all kitchens under their management — a move that is timely for Cheltenham-based PKL given the launch of a new website called www.dontforgetthekitchen.com.

With the number of festivals, pop-ups, sporting and music events increasing every year, PKL has created a site that enables customers to get an instant online estimate for their event kitchen or catering equipment hire, allowing them to determine their catering needs early on in the planning stages.

Lee Vines, director at PKL Group, said: “While many events customers know exactly what they require in terms of temporary structures and catering, we have been surprised at how many clients leave the kitchen to the last minute, even with major events.

“Getting the kitchen resource right is essential when you plan on catering for large numbers of people and of course early stage planning can save money too. The dedicated PKL events website has been designed to make life easier for event organisers, particularly in view of the new CDM legislation becoming law in April 2015.”

Event organisers can use the site to design and cost their own kitchen, whether for a marquee, pop-up restaurant, temporary kitchen or standalone equipment. They can then customise their service with add-ons, such as timed deliveries or project management, to create a bespoke solution for their event.

This, says PKL, gives event organisers and caterers the opportunity to get a basic idea of their options and the cost before speaking to its staff in more detail to design the right kitchen for their needs.

PKL says that event organisers, caterers and venue managers, who will be responsible for the health and safety of all kitchens under their management from April 2015, are also reassured that all of its kitchens and equipment are fully CDM Regulations-compliant, with a whole section of the new website dedicated to event health and safety.

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