A luxury 4 star Lake District Hotel on the shores of Derwentwater, the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa offers its guests a range of dining options including the Mizu pan-Asian restaurant, Falls Brasserie and a choice of lunches, light bites and afternoon tea.

The hotel’s kitchen was 25 years old when Mark Harris, Executive Chef for Lake District Hotels, embarked on a project with ScoMac Catering Equipment to plan a new gas and electric kitchen that could cater for more than 500 covers each day.

Committing to MKN’s Optima and Counter SL modular ranges as an integral part of the new design, the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa now has a modern kitchen which is more versatile, uses less energy and is far easier to clean.

Innovative cooking solutions

Working with the client, ScoMac recommended MKN’s Optima and Counter SL modular cooking technology, which gave chefs unlimited variety thanks to more than 250 electric and gas appliances from the MKN range.

The Optima modular series of modular appliances is made from high quality stainless steel, offering seamless compatibility and perfect hygiene across welded cooking modules for easy cleaning. The fully compatible Counter SL series also delivers freely and easily combined cookware, with a hygienic levelling connection system so products can be moved and a choice of more than 70 electric and gas appliances.

Together, the combined suites offer Mark Harris and his team of 14 at the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa a range of flexible cooking solutions including electric fryers, induction and griddle pans, plus a gas chargrill option.

Induction is already proving to be key to the new kitchen, providing faster heat up times, precise control and more energy efficient cooking, not to mention a more pleasant working environment.

MKN’s induction tops reduce boiling time by 55% compared to hot plates, with additional energy saving helping to ensure 2.5 tons of CO2 reduction per year.

MKN’s induction appliances also come with rounded corners to reduce the risk of damage from heavy pans and are designed so that the kitchen designer can add an oven underneath. One of the most valuable features, however, is that MKN’s induction hobs use an individual generator for each cooking zone, rather than wiring up to four zones to one generator, which is common elsewhere in the market. In that example, if the generator goes down then the entire cooking functionality is lost. With MKN, only the individual zone is lost.

Mark Harris said: “I’d not used MKN before but it’s already evident that this is high quality kit. Switching some appliances to electric has reduced the energy consumption of our kitchen, given us greater cooking control and reduced the working temperature. It’s also noticeable how easy these appliances are to clean, thanks to the seamless connections.

“It’s a more modern kitchen, that does everything we need it to. And it will continue to meet our needs going forward.”