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Bidvest 3663 premium own brand products
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.
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.
Vogue Triwall Pan range
Vogue’s Triwall Pan range has achieved Craft Guild of Chefs accreditation.
The Triwall range includes a number of heavy-duty pans, all boasting ‘stay cool’ handles and an innovative aluminum thermocore sandwiched between stainless steel walls, providing equal heat distribution for perfectly even cooking.
Leading UK chefs tested the pans across a two-week period, with the product receiving high praise for quality, performance and style.
The product range also includes a number of Mini Triwall Pans, complementing the heavy duty range, the mini pans were found the be ideal for sautéing, reducing and simmering, and boast many of the benefits of their larger counterparts.
The pans are dishwasher safe and suitable for use with all cooking surfaces including induction. The mirror polished exterior with brushed finish interior make for an attractive range of pans that are robust enough to withstand the needs of any commercial kitchen.
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.”
Panasonic NE-1853 Microwave
Panasonic's latest professional microwave, the NE-1853 has become the first microwave to achieve 'approved product' status by the Craft Guild of Chefs under its Product Endorsement Scheme.
The NE01853 boasts 15 power levels offering accuracy and flexibility in cooking and comes with 30 programmes, including 5-stage heating. The microwave also features a power-saving and maintenance-free LED light which can be left off during cooking and set to flash on and off when the program is complete.
A new ‘heat boost’ button to give recipes a final boost to bring a dish up to temperature and a new LCD display to replace the dated LED unit. The new model has dual feed (top and bottom) for even heating and comes with 13amp power supply.
All chefs involved in the testing process agreed that the ability to program the LED light to flash at the end of the cooking cycle was a great idea in a busy, noisy kitchen.
Iain Phillips, sales and marketing manager of Panasonic UK Ltd, said: “We are thrilled to have received this endorsement from the Craft Guild of Chefs but what has been most pleasing about the whole exercise was larning that chefs do recognise that by paying slightly more for equipment with a better build quality results in greater value for money in the long run.
“They were all in agreement on this with one chef saying he ‘fully agreed’ and another saying, ‘I am a huge believer in paying more for premium products and find it always works out to be more cost effective.”