Falcon oven sets sail for the Amazon to feed crews for two decades

Rory MacPherson, chef of the Forth Hope, with the Falcon Dominator Plus oven range

Falcon Foodservice Equipment has donated one of its flagship Dominator Plus ovens to Vine Trust’s #FloatTheBoat campaign to deliver a fully-equipped primary healthcare vessel to the Peruvian Amazon.

The unit is setting sail for a six-week Atlantic crossing in a 30 metre boat, the Forth Hope, from Rosyth, Scotland to Iquitos in Peru.

The Forth Hope’s Dominator Plus oven range, model E3101 OTC 6HP, has six fast-acting circular hotplates and a large 2/1 GN compatible fan-assisted oven. It’s marine-spec, so it has extra features such as storm rails, oven door latches and deck feet.

Once there, it will spend 20 years feeding the crews as the vessel sails up and down the Peruvian Amazon, providing 100,000 medical and dental consultations a year.

“The cooker is a fantastic bit of kit,” said Rory MacPherson, Forth Hope’s media coordinator and chef for the Atlantic crossing. “I’m looking forward to using it on the transatlantic delivery voyage, but it will really come into its own when it’s helping to feed the medical teams and crew as Forth Hope changes lives on the Amazon.”

“It is sometimes said that the chef is one of the most important people onboard. That’s because the crew needs good food to keep them going during the long days, which underlines what a vital piece of equipment the cooker is.”

The initial cost of deploying a vessel like the Forth Hope amounts to more than £100,000, but it is hoping to raise that amount through donations. “We decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign using the hashtag #FloatTheBoat, and we’ve had a great response from individuals and organisations,” says Mr MacPherson.

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