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Chillogen technology is 'cook-chill systems in a box' delivering top quality festive food

Maintaining food quality is a key issue at banquets. The latest Chillogen Banquet Trolleys from Moffat use advanced technology to ensure that the food is every bit as good when it comes out of the trolley as when it went in.

The Chillogen is a multi-tasking banquet trolley. Effectively, it's a cook-chill system in a box: hot, plated meals can be prepared in advance, loaded into the trolley and left until they are required for the event. The trolley rapid chills the food, stores it chilled, regenerates it and then holds it hot - all fully automatically. The technology looks after everything until the banquet is served.

Throughout that process the Chillogen system ensures food is kept in peak condition. If the chef plans for the meat to be rare, then the trolley delivers it rare. If pastry is crisp when it goes in, it's crisp when it comes out.

Moffat has developed several technologies to protect food quality in the Chillogen banquet trolley, including the patented Sahara fan system. This system blows recirculated air through heating or chilling elements, rather than the conventional method of drawing air through the heat exchanger or heating elements first, and gives safer, more predictable temperature control.

All these technologies moved one customer to describe the Moffat trolleys as something out of "science fiction." "The most important aspect of the trolleys is that the food quality is better and more consistent. Customers love the high standard of menus we serve," adds Jim Vincent, managing director of Royal Armouries International Plc (RAI), the company that runs banqueting and events at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Along with food quality, Moffat's banqueting trolleys have also delivered big costs savings for RAI.

"The savings have been phenomenal - the trolleys have halved our front of house staffing requirements," says Jim Vincent. "With silver service, we'd need 70 or 80 people to serve 700 covers. With plated meals from the trolleys we only need 35. In fact, we could probably get by with fewer staff, but we left extra people to provide a cushion so that we could enhance customer service. But it's still a huge saving."

E & R Moffat is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of quality foodservice equipment, designing and manufacturing in-house. Based in Bonnybridge, Scotland, the company manufactures standard and bespoke servery, regeneration and storage equipment with a full nationwide after-sales engineering team. E & R Moffat is accredited to ISO 9001:2000 and many of the products have gas approvals and are EMC tested. For more information on E & R Moffat visit the website on

Posted on Wed 16th Sep 2009