The breadth of brands on show at Jestic’s HRC stand is a reminder of the UK supplier’s portfolio expansion during the past 12 months – but there is one name on there making an appearance with the company for the first time.
Established Italian professional cooking supplier Moduline has signed up Jestic as its distributor in a move that will make its holding equipment and regeneration ovens available to UK operators.
Paul O’Neill, development and corporate chef at Moduline (main image), has been on Jestic’s stand this week taking visitors through the benefits of its retherm ovens.
He has played an intrinsic role in the development of the units having been invited to work for the company after initially approaching them to create a product that would allow him to achieve better results for banqueting than he could with a combi when he worked as a hotel chef.
“I approached a lot of companies but there was only one firm that was listening and they said, ‘what do you want Paul?’. They made one for me and at the time there were 60 parameters – I worked to them and it worked superbly, so I ordered eight large ones.”
At the time, Mr O’Neill was executive chef at the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, Ireland, where he spent 12 years.
The retherm ovens boast low power consumption and exact temperature and humidity control, which was just what Mr O’Neill was after.
“We control the amount of the moisture, we control the amount of heat in the cavity and we have a very good control of the probe. The food is hotter and served quicker and you can do beautiful things on the plates – you can put as many movements as you want. It will be rethermed at the same time, with no cross-over flavours.
“It has been huge all over the world. I did 1,500 meals at a banquet at the Nedbank golf championship in South Africa using 10 ovens and we served it in 15 minutes.”
Moduline hopes the tie-up with Jestic will open its brand up to UK customers seeking cooking equipment innovation and believes the retherm ovens are particularly suited to hotels, schools, care homes, hospitals and event catering.
It already has a significant export business in France and Germany.