Operators are striving to increase the proportion of fresh food they offer in dishes, which is fuelling demand for specialist prep equipment. Metcalfe Catering Equipment has a product range for every purpose, as FEJ discovers.
There will always be new trends in cooking, which means that manufacturers are always trying to stay one step ahead of the curve.
However, the basic food preparation requirements of any kitchen are still well-served by tried and tested traditional food prep equipment, such as slicers, mixers, veg prep machines, food processors and vegetable peelers.
“The food prep market is currently seeing a surge in demand for traditional machines such as slicers, peelers and mixers thanks to the current trend for cooking using fresh ingredients,” observes Neil Richards, managing director of Metcalfe Catering Equipment.
“With kitchens returning to the basics of preparing fresh food on site, it stands to reason that many operators need to invest in new food prep equipment. However, they need to understand that strong, reliable food prep equipment does not come cheap and they should not be tempted to buy cheap, inferior products that have found their way onto the market,” he advises.
Good quality food prep equipment will have strong components such as heat-treated gears, powerful motors, high quality stainless steel blades and built-in safety features.
If the operator is prepared to invest in high quality, durable prep equipment from the start, they will find that the whole life cost is much less when compared to cheaper alternatives.
We can supply a slicer for every level of the foodservice market, from a small café up to a full supermarket deli counter or high-volume CPU”
Last year, Metcalfe took on the HALLDE brand of food preparation equipment as part of its commitment to partnering with respected and trusted overseas manufacturers rather than those looking for an easy route into the UK market.
The range includes vegetable preparation machines, vertical cutter mixer/ blenders, combi cutters and blenders — all designed for perfect cutting results, exemplary safety, and fast and easy cleaning.
The deal, three years in the making, shows that the company is continually working hard to source the best manufacturing partners to add to its portfolio in order to offer customers the most proficient equipment available.
“When it comes to slicers, Metcalfe now has the largest range in the UK, with over 21 different models to choose from, along with countless accessories. This means that we can supply a slicer for every level of the foodservice market, from a small café up to a full supermarket deli counter or high-volume CPU.”
The latest addition to the Metcalfe slicer stable is its ‘Simple’ range, designed for low volume work in small kitchens and other catering outlets.
Constructed in wipe-clean aluminium and CE approved, the tabletop unit can be supplied with or without an integrated sharpener, and comes with a choice of two blade sizes.
And, like all Metcalfe slicers, the ‘Simple’ range comes with a full two-year warranty for added peace of mind.
Name: Metcalfe Catering Equipment
Address: Haygarth Park, Blaenau Festiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3PF
Tel: 01766 830456