Industry appetite for induction technology has seen orders for Induced Energy’s ‘Invisible Chef’s Table’ exceed the manufacturer’s orders – and what’s more it has no concerns over Brexit as almost all its components are sourced in the UK.
The Chef’s Table allows operators to safely cook protein, sauces and garnishes in front-of-house environments and is fully bespoke so that customers can choose the size of table and number of induction zones they want.
Northamptonshire-based Induced Energy has got 14 units going into Gleneagles hotel this year, while B&I customers and schools have also emerged as key customer categories due to the safety element and the ability to cook or hold buffet food.
Nic Banner, sales director at Induced Energy, says the firm has had the technology for quite a while in different guises but it has finally found a system that is right for customers.
“We are being specified more and more,” he told FEJ this morning. “I thought that if we sell two units a month in the first year that will cover my R&D expenses. So far we have sold over 150 since February last year. It has massively exceeded our expectations.”
The product demonstrated on Induced Energy’s stand at this week’s Professional Kitchen Show is held within a stained plywood frame as it was constructed purely for demo purposes.
It also has a stainless steel version with white powder coating in the Kitchenology Zone, but Mr Banner said the choices for customers were endless. “It can be made in blancmange as long as the blancmange is strong enough to hold the weight of a stone and the induction!”
Mr Banner said that everything that Induced Energy does – other than its QX by Induced Energy range – is manufactured in the UK. “So Brexit has not affected us! 95% of our parts are sourced from UK Plc,” he said
And the other 5%? “It’s the glass, which we buy from Germany. However, I have been speaking to a UK-based company this week at the show which are coming up with the next stage on from Ceran – something that is actually stronger than Ceran but I can’t divulge what that is at the moment. And there is also something called a Ferrite plate, which keeps our coil and motor cool and stops the residual heat going back down through into the motor.”