A complete kitchen refurbishment for a charity kitchen in Brixton hit TV screens across the UK this week after it appeared on ITV’s Surprise Surprise show.
The fit-out at Brixton’s Sports and Social Club was made possible by a collaborative effort between catering equipment distributor Inox Equip and a host of CEDA member and partner companies committing equipment, services and support.
CEDA was initially approached to find the expertise and resources to transform the run-down kitchen, which provides free meals to those in need in the local community, and Inox Equip’s project director Mark Kendall came forward to offer his company’s help.
He then drove the project to complete the work in just six days – and in total secrecy!
Kendall said: “On surveying the site I knew this was a heck of task to get a very dilapidated kitchen fit-for-purpose, and fit to be shown on national television, in under a week.
“We had to strip out everything and start with new Whiterocked walls, install new electrics and plumbing, ventilation, a new ceiling, new doors and install and commission a complete set of catering equipment.”
After calling on support from a range of CEDA members and partner suppliers, Inox Equip designed a new layout to maximise the use of space for food prep, cooking and storage.
“We think the result is amazing and would like to thank all the companies that provided logistics, equipment and services to make it happen, and to help make a difference in the local Brixton community,” added Kendall.
CEDA chief Adam Mason said the project was a “classic team effort”, commenting: “When you see the list of those involved from the company providing the taps to the one who gave wall cupboards, and from the refrigeration to microwave, you understand the spirit of co-operation at the heart of the project.”
The story behind the kitchen project featured on Wednesday’s episode of Surprise Surprise can be viewed here.
Equipment and services for the kitchen were provided by the following companies:
– Blue Seal (dishwasher and E31 stand)
– Hobart (Bar Aid 800s stand)
– Valera (2 x upright fridges)
– Mechline (taps, handwash and spray arm)
– Inox (Pantheon oven, fly killer, toaster, hot cupboard)
– EAIS (Racking)
– Manitowoc (Microwave)
– Calder Catering (Ventilation)
– Bioclad (Whiterock)
– DPS Partitioning (Ceiling and lighting)
– Corrigans Service Engineers (Install of equipment)
– Liebherr (Chest freezer)
– Bridge Catering (Sink)
– Sigma Catering (Wall cupboards)
– Keith Elkington Transport (Equipment transport)