Frozen food distributor Central Foods unveiled a new product development kitchen at its Northamptonshire headquarters to help in developing and showcasing the products it offers to foodservice operators.
The kitchen will be used by executive chef Paul Hunt and other members of the team to prepare items supplied by Central Foods, which will be served to visiting buyers from wholesalers and other organisations.
The kitchen is fitted with the latest state-of the-art equipment including induction hobs, combi ovens, fryers, griddles and microwaves and to trial new products that the company is considering listing
“This new facility enables Central Foods to improve the way we showcase our products, as well as ideas of how best to serve them,” said Gordon Lauder, managing director of Central Foods.
“It will also help us when trying new products that we are considering adding to our range – helping us to keep abreast of the latest trends and continuing to offer our customers an appetising selection of food products that go down well with their own customers.”
The company currently sells to more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers, and foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry including schools, universities, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, leisure centres, garden centres, cafés, care homes and many other outlets.
Paul Hunt, aka the Skinny Chef, is a fully qualified chef who has undertaken recipe development work for key food manufacturers, and also been responsible for putting food on the tables of high street restaurants and pub brands.