LIVE FROM HOTELYMPIA: How classic dishes are giving chefs the inside track

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    With beef overtaking chicken as the number one protein eaten out-of-home, Essential Cuisine has launched a brand-new range of classic accompaniments, helping chefs save valuable time and giving sites an irresistible upsell opportunity worth over £55 per jar.

    The new flavours, Wild Mushroom and Peppercorn, have been created by the British company’s development chefs, using the finest quality ingredients, and are the first new products to emerge from the company’s state-of-the-art Innovation Kitchen opened last year. Both are supplied in a concentrated liquid format that means kitchens can simply mix with water and fresh double cream before serving.

    With operators looking to recoup margin from profitable starters and side dishes, Essential Cuisine’s new sauces can add £55 per jar to the bottom line. One 800g jar plus 600ml of fresh double cream results in a superior yield of five litres of product. With outlets charging an average sell out price of £2 per accompaniment, 50 x 100ml servings can result in over £55 profit.   For those that prefer the personal touch, the range has been created to play into the hands of skilled chefs and carry additional ingredients.

    However they are served, kitchens can reap the rewards of profitable customer favourites – recent research has revealed Peppercorn (44%), Wild Mushroom (18%) as the top two sauces for steak.

    “Offering incremental sauces and sides as accompaniments to protein, gives operators a big up-sell opportunity, helping to offset margin squeezes elsewhere on menus,” said Nigel Crane, Managing Director, Essential Cuisine. “Our new Sauce Collection presents chefs and kitchens with the perfect opportunity to drive increased menu margin, safeguard quality and consistency, save time, offer up classic flavours we know consumers love, and still get down to the business of creativity.

    “We couldn’t be prouder that this range is the first to emerge from our Innovation Kitchen –watch this space for more additions to the collection soon. Able to be stored ambient for 12 months, even once opened, Essential Cuisine’s new Sauce Collection is also gluten-free.

    Guest Author / 05.03.2018


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