Top chef Cyrus Todiwala has spoken of the importance of aligning equipment to support the introduction of new dishes – as his own business has done with the latest rice cookers.
Cafe Spice Namaste, which he has been proprietor of for 24 years, has built its reputation on authentic, inspirational cuisine from India.
Given that it serves up to 1,000 covers per week, mostly with rice, one of its challenges has been how to ensure optimum quality for every portion.
Mr Todiwala said that consistency remains one of the main issues he faces, which is why it opted to bring in a Panasonic rice cooker.
“At Cafe Spice Namaste we want to familiarise people with the many different flavours India can offer, which means we are innovative with the ingredients we use and constantly inventive with our menu but aim to maintain a high quality food offer at all times.
The Panasonic rice cooker means that for functions, in particular, there is no need to cook and reheat rice as it cooks fully automatically, freeing up chefs to concentrate on other duties and saving them valuable time in the kitchen.
“The rice cooker has enabled us to prepare different kinds of pulao rice, not just steamed, for our events without the need to cook and reheat,” explained Mr Todiwala. “We’ve achieved better portion control and as it’s fully automatic, the chefs have peace of mind it will cook to perfection and they don’t have to be constantly watchful over it. Once cooked, it will hold rice hot at the correct temperature for two hours.”