A new report from tableware manufacturer Steelite International offers up insight into creating safe and memorable dining experiences.
The report, called Back to Business, Back to the Table, features interviews with industry experts as well as advice from operators and practical tips from Steelite's in-house specialists.
Industry experts support the environmental and business reasons for using a venue's own tableware, cutlery and glassware, and Steelite's research shows the ongoing cost of using cheaper tableware far outweighs any perceived initial savings.
Featured in the report is Leo Kattou, head chef at Simpsons in Birmingham, who said: "Investing in quality tableware is all about attention to detail. We spend a lot of time and effort in creating and plating up quality dishes – it is important to match that with the tableware. Covid-19 hasn't changed what tableware we intend to use, but we're being more conscious of hygiene levels. If you are using good quality tableware, then there's the reassurance that it cleans more efficiently and lasts."
Steelite's Lifetime Edge-Chip Warranty provides assurance that all Distinction and Performance products manufactured in the UK factory will withstand a modern commercial kitchen and remain chip-free. The company's high alumina content makes its tableware less likely to chip or crack during service.
John Miles, president and chief executive of Steelite International, added: "For almost 150 years, Steelite International has been expertly manufacturing specialised ceramics tailored to the hospitality industry. Our core range of tableware is made in the UK, at our factory in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of the pottery industry.
"The current environment sees some key aspects come to the fore within the hospitality sector. Operators will seek out products that provide their customers with the safest, most hygienic solutions with competitive aesthetics. Companies that have been producing chinaware for all these years should be the natural choice, with a proven track record in providing quality products of the highest standard."
Read the report here