Endorsed products

Aviko Mini Gratins
Aviko UK & Ireland

Aviko’s new mini gratins – parsnip and Jerusalem artichoke, and asparagus and parmesan – have been awarded an endorsement from the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Following in the footsteps of the company’s mash, roast potatoes, and cream and cheese gratins, the newly endorsed products offer caterers hassle-free premium sides, which can be served within minutes meaning operators are able to focus on other elements of their menu. Their superior long holding time – in excess of one hour – also makes them perfect for banqueting menus.

Tested by chefs throughout the foodservice sector, the parsnip and Jerusalem artichoke mini gratins made with specially selected potatoes, real cream, emmental cheese, chives, parsley and chervil, and asparagus and parmesan mini gratins made with fresh cream and lemon juice, were found to be “very tasty” with “lots of flavour”. It was also noted that they are “very easy to prepare”.

Mohammed Essa, general manager UK & Ireland, said: “Our products are developed by chefs for chefs and we’re extremely proud that the number of Craft Guild of Chefs endorsed products in our range is growing. This proves we’re not only continuing to serve innovative products, but caterers can also be assured that our range also delivers consistently high quality. Kitchens are often under a great deal of pressure during peak meal times so we strive to make menus easier for them.”

Aviko’s mini gratins can be ready in 12 minutes using a convection oven or 20 minutes in a traditional oven, and are ideal when catering for large groups.

Bidvest 3663 premium own brand products
Bidvest 3663

Bidvest 3663 has achieved Craft Guild of Chefs accreditation on a further 16 own brand products following recent testing. This group of products takes its’s total of Craft Guild endorsed products to 80, helping demonstrate great product quality.

The trend for British fare in the food industry has seen a noticeable rise in the last year and 3663 has capitalised on this in its own brand product development.

Among the 16 products on offer to customers and recently accredited by the Craft Guild are vegetarian dishes such as goat's cheese, sweet chestnut and redcurrant roulade with a red onion compote and for heartier meals its British steak and stout pie and chicken, leek and bacon pie. Among its accredited British desserts are zesty lemon cheesecake, Black Forest fudge cake, white chocolate and fig tart, Black Forest fudge cake and black cherry and marshmallow cheesecake.

All the dishes were rigorously tested in professional kitchens and were scored on quality, cooking instructions and ease of use.

3663 interim own brand and innovation controller Saskia Galema commented: “We’re thrilled that 16 new 3663 own brand products have achieved the Craft Guild of Chefs accreditation bringing the total number of endorsements to 80. This really speaks volumes about the high standard of our own brand to our customers, recognising how 3663 continues to deliver the fantastic quality and innovation that we know is important to them.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Craft Guild, and will continue to develop partnerships with out customers to deliver innovative products over the next year.”

In 2012, 3663 claimed an industry first by receiving accreditation for ready-to-serve dishes as opposed to single ingredients, for which Craft Guild accreditation is usually given.

BRITA Purity C water filter
Brita

BRITA’s Purity C water filter has secured the stamp of approval from the Craft Guild of Chefs.

The Craft Guild’s Product Endorsement Programme tested BRITA’s Purity C Water Filter with some of its top chefs – reviewing its look, smell and taste when used to prepare vegetables, soups and stocks.

Results showed there was a noticeable improvement of a range of ingredients when prepared with BRITA rather than tap water, enabling chefs to serve better tasting dishes.

This endorsement will reassure chefs across the country that its filter stands up to their demands in a professional kitchen to deliver quality and tasty dishes, time and time again.

Cavity Protections Systems Microsave liner
Cavity Protections Systems' Microsave liner
Cavity Protections Systems

Cavity Protections Systems’ MicrosaveTM liner has been awarded ‘endorsed product’ status by the Craft Guild of Chefs.

The MicrosaveTM is a specially developed rigid liner that can be removed, washed at the end of service and replaced for use time and again avoiding cross contamination of burnt food particles, making the microwave interior much easier to clean and avoiding down time and costly repairs.

All chefs involved in the testing agreed that the MicrosaveTM was very easy to use, would make a huge difference in cleaning time and was a great investment as it could help to extend the useful life of their microwave ovens.

The MicrosaveTM is intended to outlast the average commercial microwave oven and offer good value for money.

Pat Bray, managing director of Cavity Protection Systems Ltd, said: “We were delighted to learn that the MicrosaveTM was so well received by the chefs that carried out the testing and that they felt it was worthy of endorsement. We have many years of expertise in microwave ovens and see the regularity of breakdowns caused by thorough cleaning procedures not being adhered to.

“The MicrosaveTM has been well received by the industry for many years and to have the endorsement of the Craft Guild of Chefs makes us very proud indeed.”

Chef Makes The Grade With Craft Guild Of Chefs Endorsement
Chef

The CHEF range of premium fonds and jus from Nestlé Professional  has secured top marks through the Craft Guild of Chefs’ esteemed Product Endorsement Programme. The range will now carry the respected logo which includes the ‘approved product’ stamp of approval on its packaging and promotional literature.

The Programme, enables food manufacturers to test existing products and those under development using leading chefs from across the hospitality industry - establishing whether products are ‘fit for purpose’.

The results of the questionnaire submitted to the Craft Guild of Chefs by Nestlé Professional show that the range excelled across all areas, including flavour, appearance, preparation and packaging. The range of products were found to be authentic in colour and flavour and the stocks were rated easy to prepare and suitable for use in a wide range of dishes.

Martin Lines, marketing director, Nestlé Professional comments, “The Craft Guild of Chefs Endorsement Programme carries real weight across the industry and we are thrilled to receive this accolade. We pride ourselves on delivering the finest stocks which make life simpler for chefs who are under increasing pressure in kitchens where time is of the essence.”

Known for their superior quality, versatility and ease of use, CHEF fonds and jus are ideal for chefs that don’t have the time or resources to create their own stocks and sauces from scratch.

Based on traditional recipes, the White Chicken, Basic Brown, Vegetable Stock or Jus de Veau Lié, all have a clean, natural taste. All products within the range are low in saturated fats and contain no added MSG or hydrogenated vegetable oils. They can be reduced and thickened without impairing flavour, acting as a blank canvass allowing chefs to unleash their creativity and create world-class dishes.

Further demonstrating its support for the hospitality industry, CHEF is sponsoring the Banqueting Chef category at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2009. The awards, which are regarded as the chef’s ‘Oscars’, recognise and reward the leading talent working in kitchens right across the industry. CHEF looks forward to presenting the coveted accolade to the banqueting chef who judges believe has made an outstanding contribution to the industry at the ceremony held at the London Hilton on 1 June.

CookTek induction units
MCS Technical products

All of MCS Technical Product’s CookTek induction units have been approved by the Guild. These can be built in, free standing and drop in induction units. Managing director Steve Snow says that to gain a pass by the Guild you have to get at least a grade C. “We got an A and only one other product has ever achieved that, and that was a food product.”

Three chefs tested the equipment for ease of use, cleanability, mobility, power and controllability, and appearance, and thought the manual was very good. Temperature holding capabilities got high marks as well as the three years labour and warranty, adds Snow.

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