Our Team

Congratulations to IDS Apprentice Stephen Graham

Congratulations to IDS Apprentice Stephen Graham who recently passed his theory test towards his full driving license after 100 lessons and 10 failures.  Stephen said “I’m proud to have finally passed my theory.  Once I got the spelling of my name right and worked out how to display my age it was a doddle.  My aim now is to pass the practical test by Christmas 2020.  I’d like to thank my team @ IDS for all of their support”

Stephen is hoping that his success will inspire Office Manager Mike Smith to pass his theory test, especially as he’s approaching 40.

IDS @ Houno Showroom Opening

IDS were invited to the opening of Hounö’s new showroom at Middleby UK in Wigan recently.

After a tour of the Middleby product range, including Pitco and Turbo-Chef, I was treated to the most unbelievable steak using Southbend’s gas grill! A quick change and back to the demo kitchen where Hounö chefs Martin and Edwin cooked a four course meal comprising of Crispy Fish, Egg Benedict, Beef Wellington and a Brûlée desert all made using Hounö’s fantastic range of Combination Ovens. With complimentary wine on offer it was a very nice, informal evening chatting with other distributors.

Once again a big thank you to both Hounö and Middleby UK for their generosity and good company.

IDS Celebrate National Fish and Chip Day

On Friday 2nd June IDS celebrated National Fish and Chip Day with an open day at our Demo Kitchen. The fish was sourced from the excellent Smith Fish in Westbury-on-Trym (www.smithfish.co.uk) and the chips peeled by hand from willing helpers and staff. The food was cooked using our in-house Falcon and Lincat fryers, with the chips finished off in one of our Combination Ovens for that ‘triple-cooked’ taste.

‘Chef Dance’ perfected his technique and provided tasters throughout the day for happy staff and customers.

If you would like to hire our Demonstration and Training Kitchen for a function or event please contact davidgiles@iandanceservices.com

Ian Dance Services Ltd are now FCA authorised

 


 

Congratulations to IDS Managing Director Bruce Dance who is now approved under section 59 of the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA 2000), which in turn means that Ian Dance Services Ltd are now FCA authorised.

This allows IDS to offer lease purchase and finance for catering products to both Sole Traders and Limited Companies. Why not take this opportunity and get in contact with us to discuss your requirements.

IDS and Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants

Ian Dance Services were recently the topic for a Case Study from Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants who managed to capture the essence of IDS in all its glory. 

Albert Goodman said, “Family business Ian Dance Services Ltd are the South-West’s leading catering engineers. When you eat at your favourite restaurant or pub, the chances are the oven was supplied and maintained by Bruce and the team. We help them to continue to grow their business.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with Albert Goodman over the coming years.

IDS visit Houno factory in Denmark

Bruce and myself were invited by Middleby UK to visit the Houno factory in Randers, Denmark recently. After a 40 minute journey from Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, we arrived at the factory and were made to feel very welcome by our hosts.

Our perfectly cooked Halibut!

Our perfectly cooked Halibut!

Following a brief outline of the itinerary for the three days, and learning about Hygge (The Danish Way to Live Well), we were tasked with making our own dinner. The delegates were split into groups, with IDS responsible for the starter; Halibut with Roasted Cauliflower and a Cauliflower Puree with burnt butter sauce. Naturally we did a great job!

Our second day included a factory tour and further demonstrations on their Combination Ovens and the Visual Cooking range. Lunch was a Danish speciality called ‘Smorrebrod’ which are essentially open sandwiches – very nice they were too! In the evening we were treated to a fantastic meal at ‘No.1’, Randers premier restaurant which included a tuna appetiser, turbot starter and a delightful veal main course, the majority of which were cooked using the Houno ovens.

For our final day we were treated to a ‘Full English’ breakfast cooked by their in-house ‘Brummie’ chef before saying our goodbyes.

IDS would like to thank Middleby UK and Houno for a fantastic and worthwhile trip. Just to point out that we did learn about the ovens and the Houno family, and that it wasn’t all about the food!!

Written by David Giles
IDS Sales & Marketing Manager

 

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.

Congratulations to IDS Engineer Ben Marsh for recently qualifying as an F Gas Category 1 Engineer

 

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Congratulations to IDS Engineer Ben ‘Marshy’ Marsh for recently qualifying as an F Gas Category 1 Engineer.

Marshy’s qualification allows him to carry out the following types of work on ‘Refrigeration or stationary air conditioning and heat pump systems’:
– Installation
– Maintenance
– Leak checking
– Recovering refrigerant gases
– Decommissioning and disposal

It’s another string to the bow of Ian Dance Services Ltd.  If you have any refrigeration requirements please contact the office on 01934 813686 or drop us an email at info@iandanceservices.com and Marshy will one only too pleased to put his qualification to good use!

IDS attended the latest Chefs’ Forum

IDS attended the latest Chefs’ Forum event at the Bristol Marriott Hotel yesterday.  It was our second exhibition since joining Chefs’ Forum and it proved to be a successful day all round.

Managing Director Bruce Dance had this to say “The Chefs’ Forum is a good platform to interact with chefs and business owners and introduce them to the full range of services on offer from IDS.  We can also offer a reminder about the pitfalls of poorly installed and maintained catering equipment which can add to the annual cost of running a commercial kitchen”.

IDS attended the latest Chefs’ Forum event at the Bristol Marriott

IDS attended the latest Chefs’ Forum event at the Bristol Marriott Hotel yesterday.  It was our second exhibition since joining Chefs’ Forum and it proved to be a successful day all round.  

Managing Director Bruce Dance had this to say “The Chefs’ Forum is a good platform to interact with chefs and business owners and introduce them to the full range of services on offer from IDS.  We can also offer a reminder about the pitfalls of poorly installed and maintained catering equipment which can add to the annual cost of running a commercial kitchen”.

MMM! That’s good coffee

Here at IDS we have always strived to take on new challenges and find better ways to satisfy our customers needs.

Our latest challenge came from David Eckett, who is driving a mobile coffee van that needed our comprehensive Gas safety Inspection. Making sure his coffee van complied with the latest gas safety regulations. This van is only two years old with brand new coffee machinery installed, this is the 3rd added to the MMM! Coffee franchise.

He was booked in and our engineering manager preformed the analysis. Mr Eckett was then issued a Gas Safety Certificate, which allowed him to operate his mobile coffee dispensary with the knowledge that his use of gas is safe.

You may well see Mr Eckett and his van. If you do see him we at IDS recommend that you try his coffee, words cannot Espresso how good it is, trust us you’ll like it a Latte.

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