TurboChef Technologies, the US-based provider of food service equipment, has announced that beginning in June 2002, Beefeater, one of UK-based Whitbread's core restaurant concepts, will implement a pilot programme using the TurboChef C3 oven.
The programme will run in both Whitbread's Beefeater concept and its new Out & Out restaurant and pub concept.
"If successful, the TurboChef trial would directly benefit Beefeater. We hope that the TurboChef C3 oven will increase the speed of service to our customers while at the same time providing a cooking platform that will launch a wide variety of different menu offerings," said John Derkach, managing director of the Beefeater and Out & Out brands.
"The selection of TurboChef's C3 oven, and the renewal of our relationship with Whitbread is extremely significant for our company," said Mark Mirken of TurboChef Technologies. "Whitbread was the first major customer to use our original D model oven. TurboChef's ability to provide a solution that increases menu diversity in a ventless environment validates TurboChef's position as the leader in rapid cook applications."
TurboChef is one of the leading providers of rapid cook solutions. The TurboChef oven delivers a variety of products such as pizza, breakfast menus, oven-baked sandwiches and a variety of grilled meat and chicken products. The proprietary rapid cook system, which requires no ventilation, employs a combination of high speed forced air and microwave energy to "cook to order" menu items with restaurant quality at speeds 7-10 times faster than conventional methods of cooking.