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Carpigiani sets kick-off date for first gelato course aimed at chefs

Carpigiani sets kick-off date for first gelato course aimed at chefs

Carpigiani has set the date for its first ever gelato course for chefs in the foodservice industry after completing the set-up of a state-of-the-art development kitchen in London that will form a key part of its ‘Gelato University’ offering.  Bookings are now being taken for the inaugural event, covering module one of the Foodservice Professionals

John Downman, international project director

Kitchen design firm Tricon hails director’s landmark achievement

One of the UK largest specialist foodservice consultancies is marking the pearl anniversary of its international projects manager. John Downman, who has been with the company for 30 years, became a director of the business in 2003 and now leads the initial strategic development for a multitude of high profile projects internationally and oversees the

Precision Revit Configurator

Precision takes the pain out of BIM kitchen design by backing ‘winning Revit format’

Refrigeration manufacturer Precision has created Revit versions of all its models to make it easier for operators to design kitchens using its products.   The move follows consultation with customers and business partners, and comes as awareness grows around Building Information Modelling (BIM), the 3D model-based process that is increasingly shaping commercial kitchen projects. Revit

Family meal from Ordamo

Diners at big chains ‘demand app ordering’

Customers of chains including Nando’s, Pizza Express and Wagamama want to be able to order their food and drink using a digital tablet or app, according to a new report. Over 50% of Nando’s customers would like to see digital ordering according to hospitality tech company Ordamo, which carried out an interactive menu survey of 1,500

The Counter 1

£20m LA burger concept is all about kitchen speed

A property development firm that is investing £20m to bring a Los Angeles ‘build-your-own-burger’ concept to the UK has just opened the first of what will be a chain of restaurants. Daniel Johns Group, which acquired the master franchise licence to open ‘The Counter’ restaurants throughout England and Scotland, has launched the first UK store


Bourgee launches fourth location at London Southend Airport

Affordable steak and lobster chain, Bourgee, is unveiling its fourth site, the Bourgee Bites – Bar – Luxe Lounge, at London Southend Airport. Bourgee claims to offer a premium dining experience that is accessible to all. The premium experience includes produce that is sourced from prestigious suppliers, British Master Chef and director of Bourgee, Mark

Inamo kitchen

Inamo group insists iPad ordering is not an issue for kitchen operations

Restaurant group Inamo is still able to maintain efficient and effective kitchen operations in spite of iPad ordering systems, which can often place added pressure on chefs and equipment. The Sushi chain said it has not had to adapt any of its kitchen kit and is able to run a smooth operation, even with guests


Caffia London showroom to feature in ‘go-to’ design event

Commercial coffee machine supplier Caffia will showcase some of the industry’s latest innovations at this month’s Clerkenwell Design Week.   The London coffee machine supplier’s showroom of bean to cup coffee machines and professional espresso coffee machines will on the ‘showroom trail’ again this year. Clerkenwell is perhaps the most important design and creative district in

Williams refrigeration vegetables

Foodservice equipment supplier optimistic despite imminent Brexit

The group behind Williams Refrigeration, Millers Vanguard and Mono Equipment is maintaining a positive outlook in spite of uncertainties arising from Brexit. AFE Group in King’s Lynn reported a small drop in turnover from £119m in 2015 to £118 in 2016, but saw a modest gain in pre-tax profits from £18.8m to £19m, according to

Mike Coldicott, managing director

DESIGN FOR LIFE: The future of kitchens through the eyes of Europe’s top design consultancy

If you hear Mike Coldicott referring to himself and his counterparts as ‘translators’ or ‘interpreters’ it’s not because they offer a sideline service in helping customers brush up on their French or decipher tricky phrases in Italian. Their specialist skill involves collating the information they are given, using terminology their clients understand and delivering an