Italian dining chain Polpo has called on catering equipment supplier Cuisinequip to power the kitchen of its new Brighton restaurant.
Cuisinequip, the sister company to fryer specialist Valentine Equipment, delivered built-in cooking equipment with two twin induction hobs, a 450mm deep pan griddle, bain-marie and a Valentine Evo 2200 twin pan fryer following the successful formulae designed in co-ordination with the restaurant group’s executive chef Jason Wass.
“We needed a cooking range that took the best points from existing Polpo restaurants and could cope with a diverse menu, 24-hour operation and still produce the high quality dishes we are known for,” said Wass.
The induction range evolved from one installed at Polpo’s recent Chelsea opening and was installed by Cuisinequip’s distributor partner CCE.
The range at Polpo Chelsea has a built-in twin-pan Valentine Evo 2200 fryer, two twin induction hobs with four 8kW multifunction coils to allow for cooking with smaller pans at service time, or larger pans for mise en place.
The hold function is standard on this type of induction from Austrian firm HWM, keeping the base of the pan at the set temperatures of 70, 95 or 110°C; thereafter the control becomes a graduated power until full power is delivered at position 9.
There is also a small deep-pan griddle which can be used for grilling food, or as a bratt pan for making sauces, soups etc. Lastly a 4 x 1/3 G/N wet well bain-marie was fitted into the range for use during service times.
The space under the hob was utilised by fitting a single drawer Adande unit to offer chilled storage at the point of cooking for the chefs. All HWM built cooking ranges have a 4.5mm stainless steel top and are fully welded.