Equipment that adds theatre to the dining experience is becoming a key requirement for many outlets. With the crossover between front and back of house blurring, and as diners demand a more interactive experience, outlets are looking for equipment that adds another dimension.
If that equipment is attractive and colourful enough to sit in front of the diners and to bring the sights and smells of the kitchen front of house, not only will it add interest and intrigue to the customer's encounter with your venue and your chefs, it will also be a sure-fire way to increase footfall within a venue.
The other key aspect to "kitchen theatre" is that it must provide a new customer experience and taste sensation. There can be no comparison, for example, to a chicken that is cooked over a live flame and hot charcoal, to one placed in a conventional oven, and it is this taste differential that can command a price premium and become a unique selling factor to attract customers to your restaurant
Inka Charcoal Ovens ](http://www.inka.co.uk/)are a "closed barbecue" which boast a glass-fronted door that can withstand temperatures up to 750°C and allow your chef and customers to see the food cooking inside. The Inka also boasts built-in insulation to ensure the intense heat stays in the oven and does not impinge on the restaurant environment.
The unique, high-speed cooking system is achieved through a combination of roasting and barbecuing, with the high intensity heat and cooking speeds controlled via adjustable vents. This helps to produce stunning flavours, and a tenderness that cannot be equalled. They also feature a built-in fat removal system which helps to avoid lengthy clean-up at the end of service.
Designed to use coconut charcoal, which burns at a higher temperature than wood charcoal, and produces a "flameless" burn - even when in contact with fat - the ovens are virtually smoke free and help to ensure your restaurant and kitchen are soot free.
Inka Charcoal Ovens is offering the chance for one lucky Caterer and Hotelkeeper reader to win an Inka Oven worth £4,100 to bring all the excitement, flavours and aromas of barbecue cooking, in the safe, contained environment of an oven.
How to enter
Entries must be submitted on a postcode by midnight on 30 April. Entrants should include their name, job title, company name, address and telephone number. Send entries to Inka Competition, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS or fill in the online entry form below.
To what temperature does the Inka Charcoal Oven reach?A. 675°C
and the winner is
The winner of the January 2012 Schwartz for Chef competition, for £1,500 worth of holiday vouchers that can be used in full or part payment towards your very own culinary journey, is Adam Stokes, head chef, Glenapp Castle, South Ayrshire
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