Equipment Review – Prática EC3, ALL function, ZERO faff…

Does your kitchen suffer from lack of space like almost every other food service business? Would a small footprint, simple to operate, full size 1/1 GN combination oven be an interesting proposition? The Prática EC3 could be answer that all "kitchens lacking in space" have been looking for...  with a footprint of less than 70cm deep, 65cm wide and only 50cm high, the Prática EC3 is extremely compact, especially considering it has all of the capabilities of larger, more expensive combination ovens... What is a ... Read more

Top Tip – Does your TurboChef get all hot and bothered?

New generation TurboChef Ovens Do you have a Turbochef Sota, i3, i5, Encore, Bullet or a conveyor? Hopefully our don't experience any problems with your oven and the following advice is already part of your weekly cleaning procedure but just in case... As part of your weekly cleaning procedure you must remove the air filter from the back of the oven and carefully clean this with some of the TurboChef oven cleaner and warm water to remove any dust build up. Let it dry ... Read more

Top Story – 20 years of Rational, now it’s time for a change…

Why pay for features that you never end up using... In September 2016 Bekim Behrami, Chef/Manager of Café 1 in Epsom, Surrey was presented with a dilemma... After twenty or so years of using Rational combination ovens he had to decide if he needed to go to the expense of a new Rational with all of its 'bells and whistles' or to opt for a simpler, more cost effective alternative. After a long chat with Dave Bradford, Taylor UK's South East of ... Read more

Equipment Review – The mighty Metro!

Do you need to display your sandwiches, cakes, pastries, drinks in a attractive display? The Metro range of ventilated refrigerated pastry display cabinets are ideal if you require a serve over cabinet with multiple refrigerated shelves allowing you to display cream cakes, sandwiches, pastries, drinks and any other delicious items which require constant refrigeration. Features include: Three refrigerated tempered glass shelves with LED lighting. Customisation front panel options allow the cabinets to fit in with most shop decor. Plug in operation requires no specialist refrigeration installation. Available ... Read more

Top Tip – Don’t forget to lube the shaft…

Soft serve and frozen drinks machines  When you clean your Taylor soft serve or frozen drinks machine and prepare it for reassembly, it is imperative that you fill the boot seal on the drive shaft with sufficient Taylor lubricant and smear lube on the smooth section of the drive shaft BUT NOT the hex end of the shaft. Ensuring that this is carried out correctly will allow the beater frame to spin freely and prevents any mix leaking through into the black drip ... Read more

Top Story – Frenchgate Cafe

Twelve years isn't too bad... Frenchgate Cafe is one of Doncaster's best loved cafes, located right in the centre of town, so you can always expect it to be busy. Ever since the first day that they opened their doors the owner, Toni Demir said: "Our goal is to bring total satisfaction to all our customers through our experience and commitment to ensure our menu is exciting and adventurous by creating the highest quality meals and drinks which we can". Back in 2004, Toni ... Read more

Product Review – Does soft serve have to be dairy ice cream?

The simple answer is no! Whilst we all know and love the classic 'Mr Whippy' style of soft ice cream, that's found in almost every town, tourist attraction and seaside destination the length and breadth of the country, there is a new breed of product starting to adorn the market place. It looks very much like a traditional soft serve ice cream and it's served in exactly the same way; either on a cone, in a tub, as a sundae, or even ... Read more

Top Tip – Keep your refrigerated display working at its best…

Follow these simple tips and you'll keep your refrigerated and frozen display cabinets working at their optimum!   Switch it off once a week... Removing your products from your display once a week and allowing the unit to completely defrost will ensure that the internal components don't become overwhelmed with frost, this is especially important if your store has a relatively high humidity. Ice build up on the evaporators restricts airflow, reducing efficiency ultimately increasing energy consumption. In extreme circumstances, this can lead to ... Read more

Top Story – Sundae yourself at Espresso Yourself

Running a highly successful independent coffee house in today’s market of chains is no mean feat, but Andrew Walker of Espresso Yourself in Scarborough has done just that. Combining great coffee, a great ambience and a friendly atmosphere, Andrew has made Espresso Yourself a roaring success in the Yorkshire seaside town. "We’d had amazing success initially with our coffee and food offerings" Andrew said, "but we knew that ice cream was a huge seller in Scarborough and we wanted to add that ... Read more

Equipment Focus – Taylor C716 Heat Treat, Twin Twist

If you are looking for the king of soft serve ice cream machines, look no further! The Taylor C716, twin flavour, high volume, floor standing, pump fed, heat treatment soft serve machine is the perfect unit for any operator looking to capture impulse ice cream sales, to make ice cream blended thick shakes, desserts, sundaes and much more ridiculously large quantities. ‘Every one loves an ice cream cone, dessert, sundae or thick shake whatever day of the week it is and whatever the ... Read more
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