Heated holding cabinet is a beast that London Zoo’s kitchens can’t do without

The kitchens at one of the capital’s top visitor attractions are benefitting from an investment in state-of-the-art catering equipment that gives them the capacity to meet peak demand for hot food.

London Zoo snapped up an Alto-Shaam heated holding cabinet using Halo Heat Technology, which requires no fans and no harsh heating elements, allowing it to hit the ground running when visitor traffic spikes.

Anthony Briggs, executive head chef at London Zoo Catering, says the 1200 UP/SR model that it uses is ideal for such a demanding, fast-paced business. 

“We purchased an Alto-Shaam double cavity heated hot holding unit to hold our cooked meats during service. As we can serve up to 1,000 meals a day at the height of the summer months it is important for us to have the products held at correct temperatures without affecting the quality. The Alto-Shaam does this perfectly as it has no fans, which dry out products when holding.”

Mr Briggs said that using the Halo Heat technology ensures that the meat is still in the same condition as when it was removed from its combi ovens.

The holding cabinet, which is supplied in the UK through FEM, provides a controlled, uniform heat gently surrounding food for better appearance, taste and longer holding life.

A stainless steel interior resists corrosion while castors provide easy mobility. The straightforward manual control uses arrow keys for push button temperature settings, a digital display and an intuitive design to make operation easier.

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