Giraffe’s newest kitchen faces 15-minute challenge

Giraffe Stansted Airport

Tesco-owned restaurant chain Giraffe will unveil its latest airport site this week — and it has designed the kitchen to be able to cook and serve food from order in less than 15 minutes.

The company’s new site at Stansted Airport is its 59th in total and is built around an open-plan kitchen, with chefs creating each dish from scratch.

Staff are being targeted with serving all dishes within a quarter-of-an-hour period to appeal to time-poor travellers.

The air-side kitchen is set to be under the cosh for more than 16 hours a day as it will open from 4am until the last flight leaves. The 3,000 square foot site can accommodate 141 covers and has been designed by international hospitality design consultancy, Harrison.

Andrew Jacobs, co-founder and managing director of Giraffe Restaurants, said: “I’m hugely excited to be opening our first giraffe at London Stansted Airport, building on our existing portfolio of airport sites. We aim to deliver on quality, efficiency and great value dishes, with a focus on healthy global food delivered with speed in a relaxing, casual-dining environment.”

The menu will include a range of all-day breakfast dishes, a selection of sandwiches, burgers and salads as well as sharing platters and seasonal chef’s specials, while smoothies, freshly-pressed juices and gourmet coffees and teas will be available throughout the day.

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