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Red Hot Buffet

The commercial kitchen specialists.

The future is definitely “Hot” for Peterborough company CK Direct – specialists in commercial kitchen extraction and ventilation systems.

The business has just secured a multiple site contract worth more than £2 million in revenue over the next 12 months with the national restaurant chain Red Hot World Buffet.

CK Direct has already completed two projects for the chain at its branches in Milton Keynes and Liverpool.

The local company, based in Woodston, Peterborough, is fitting all the commercial kitchen extraction systems in the restaurants, spending three months on each site.

The major systems include a complete run of 28 metres in the live cooking section and a 15-metre canopy system in the prep kitchen.

Cooking fumes are extracted and fresh air is introduced into the cooking area to ensure a good balance in air flow.

The systems demand precise calculations on air flow and air changes to ensure a comfortable working environment for more than 50 chefs.

Operations director Carlo Cataldo said: “This is a major achievement for CK Direct Ltd especially within the current economic climate – as a lot of companies are struggling, CK Direct has gone from strength to strength.”

It’s the latest in a long line of achievements for CK Direct since the business began in 2002.

The company has previously provided systems for organisations ranging from the RAF, to treatment centre Life Works Community, and Beach Blanket Babylon, a restaurant chain in London.

As well as providing kitchen extraction and ventilation systems, CK Direct specialises in all aspects of equipping a commercial kitchen environment.

Through the company’s in-house manufacturing systems it can create high quality ventilation systems, service distribution units and general catering, construction and architectural fabrication.

Stainless steel work benches, sinks, trolleys, floor cupboards and wall cupboards are all on offer along with specialist features such as bespoke buffet counters, heated gantries and much more.

The company provides systems and equipment for organisations ranging from schools, hotels, government buildings, care homes and brewery chains.

Tony Ricciardi, MD of CK Direct, said: “We are very proud of our association with Red Hot. With a workforce of 22 and growing, this shows that from the formation of the company in 2002 with two employees, hard work, innovation and persistence can pay off.”

“We can offer commercial kitchen extraction systems at both the lowest possible prices and the highest quality.

“We’ll design, manufacture, install and maintain the perfect system for your organisation, whether it’s a school, a hotel, a restaurant or an office.”

The company has a team of experienced professionals with a wealth of knowledge in the construction and installation of commercial kitchen ventilation.

A full project management service is on offer, covering design, planning and quotation through to completion of the installation.

The company also has substantial experience of working with regulatory bodies and can offer advice and guidance on the maintenance and future running of customers’ systems.

CK Direct prides itself on quality and service and adheres to all Gas Safe, HSE and HVCA guidelines.

For further details on any of CK Direct’s services, or to discuss your requirements, call 0808 1780001.

Feeling Hot: As well as providing kitchen extraction and ventilation systems, CK Direct specialies in all aspects of equipping a commercial kitchen envrionment.

Red Hot World Buffet and Bar

Restaurant chain awards CK Direct a top contract.

Red Hot World Buffet and Bar has been working with Peterborough company CK Direct to create a national chain of state-of-the-art restaurants.

The restaurant, which has branches in Northampton, Nottingham, Milton Keynes and Liverpool, serves all the classic and popular dishes from India, China, Japan, Italy, Mexico and Thailand.

In each branch at any one time there is a selection of 110 dishes available, ranging from starters, salads and main courses to home-made sweets produced by the in-house pastry chef.

Customers can explore the different counters and try the dishes that have already been prepared, or they can sample the fresh food that the chefs are making at live cooking stations. This can be done as many times as customers wish.

It’s a food-lovers’ paradise, with a fixed price, where customers can mix and match some of the greatest cuisines of the world.

The style of the meal can vary according to taste, ranging from a selection of starters to a more traditional three-course meal.

Alternatively customers can watch the chefs cook at five live cooking stations, and interact with them at the same time.

Customers can create their own dishes, choosing fresh ingredients which the Chinese stir-fry chef will cook on the spot, or choosing pizza toppings from more than 20 ingredients which the Italian chefs will cook in their stone-baked oven.

A Japanese chef can create the perfect noodle dish, or in the Mexican section customers can choose their favourite tapas ingredients.

There is a top quality pastry kitchen with an in-house pastry chef in each restaurant, allowing desserts to be made as they are needed, with more than 20 on offer at any one time.

The drinks menu boasts a selection of wines from around the globe, and a huge cocktail list. Bartenders are all trained to a high standard and a great selection of spirits and world beers is also available.

The brand has been so successful it is now expanding across the country and CK Direct will be working to equip the kitchens on the new sites, having provided kitchen extraction systems and other fittings for the existing restaurants.

Daniel Brown, development manager for Red Hot, said: “We’re on a big roll-out. We’re doing the Leeds restaurant now and then we’re on to Manchester and Newcastle. It’s becoming a nationally recognised brand.

“All the design is ahead of the trendiest nightclubs and bars. We’ve got our chefs from five-star hotels – the quality and freshness of the food is outstanding.”

Red Hot features contemporary but global décor, combining a hip, cosmopolitan sensibility with an earthy, casual style.

The setting is enhanced with a carefully selected soundtrack made up of lounge music from all over the globe, tailored to suit the particular time of day.

Red Hot prides itself on the quality and variety of everything it does. #The best chefs from around the globe work with the best ingredients, fresh every day.

For more information on Red Hot World Buffet and Bar, visit the website www.redhot-worldbuffet.com

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