Monthly Archives : February 2017

IDS visit Clifton Food Range

IDS had an enjoyable visit to Clifton Food Range this morning where Charlotte and Fi offered up some lovely chicken, salmon and asparagus & egg using their ‘sous vide’ style of cooking in their world famous food baths!

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Sous Vide

Sous vide literally translates from French as ‘under vacuum.’ It was developed in France in the early 1970s when George Pralus and a food scientist joined forces to devise the perfect method for producing foie gras. After numerous experiments the best method proved to be sealing the food in a pouch under vacuum before cooking it very slowly at a controlled temperature.

Sous-vide today uses a water bath to accurately cook the vacuum packed item at a precise temperature. This creates enhanced texture and taste and means that meats such as beef emerge tender enough to be cut with a fork. This process results in minimal shrinkage, with greater yield. Wastage is reduced through accurate portion control at regen stage. This is why so many acclaimed chefs worldwide, including many with coveted Michelin stars rely on Clifton Food Range® water baths.

After indulging in some tasting we followed this up with a trip around their factory and warehouse where their products are designed and manufactured in-house.  Congratulations to Clifton Food Range, it genuinely is great to see another local business doing so well.

Chef René Chapman Holds Another Rational Cookery Demonstration

The latest Rational cookery demonstration was held at IDS HQ this week and was a resounding success.

Chef René Chapman was on hand to demonstrate the capabilities of the Rational combi-oven, preparing and cooking some mouthwatering food. Delegates were treated to Pain au Chocolat and Croissants with their tea and coffee, moving on to sample a full ‘English’ breakfast cooked on one tray. Chef René then discussed how to cook the perfect steak, switching to steamed broccoli within the space of a few minutes. The combi-oven was then used to serve up chicken in breadcrumbs, seasoned aubergine and salmon steaks.

The event was filmed on behalf of a local accountancy firm who were making a promotional video; look out for highlights and interviews within the next few weeks!

IDS will be staging a further Rational demonstration next month but if you are a chef or business owner who would like to come and view a selection of combi-ovens currently available please contact David Giles on 01934 813686. With finance packages now available they are more affordable than you may think!

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