Sapphire Spaces, Topsham: kitchens
Mark and Alex Newbery are the driving force behind Sapphire Spaces – one of the most exclusive and highly regarded kitchen showrooms in the South West. Based near Exeter in the picturesque coastal town of Topsham in Devon, their showroom is a vision of minimalist design. Responsible for the supply and fit of our stunning teaching kitchen here at Exeter Cookery School, they are the epitome of friendly efficient service.
Gaggenau London: large appliances
When Gaggenau London sent their top sales manager and their chief tech guru down to Devon to speak exclusively to us about supplying their state of the art appliances, we sat up and took notice. They didn’t beat around the bush, and within an hour of meeting had agreed to equip our kitchen with £150K worth of top of the range kit that included their brand-new Combi-Steam oven and their sous-vide vacuum drawer.
Clifton Food Range, Weston-Super-Mare: low temperature water baths
Family run Clifton Food Range started making water baths for the medical industry and now also make water baths and circulators for chefs all over the world- their bath’s distinctive orange handles are seen by millions watching numerous TV cookery programmes. Accurate to +/- 0.1 C°, water baths are a great tool for cooking meat to pink succulence or fall-off-the-bone perfection. Clifton are based at an unassuming factory unit in Weston-Super-Mare, and are proud to be employing some of the same staff for 30 years. They generously provided us with their Clifton At Home range of water baths designed exclusively for the domestic home customer and we plan to run a series of domestic targeted sous vide courses in 2018.
Bosch small appliances
Exeter Cookery School are very proud to be supported by sponsors Bosch, who have provided all our small electrical appliances. This covers all our course needs with a range of state-of-the-art food processors, stand mixers, hand mixers, stick blenders, worktop blenders and juicers. Incredibly sturdy and robust, these machines are up to the job, but are also perfectly suited to domestic use. They look cool, too!
ADI Trading with Fortessa
The extremely affable Ian Bailey of ADI Trading generously supplies our beautiful and stylish tableware, glassware, serve-ware and cutlery. After a busy morning’s cooking, our students can sit down to a sumptuous (self-cooked) meal served on the finest china, sup from sparkling crystal and eat with dead cool steel cutlery.
I.O. Shen: knives
Japanese steel, German manufacture, British importer – what better combination can a chef ask for? Incredibly cool with a stylised quasi-oriental handle design, the knives are beautifully balanced and weighted. What’s more they are ultra-sharp and stay that way for multiple sessions – ideal for Exeter Cookery School in the busy teaching kitchen with a fast turnaround between courses.
Multivac & vacit.com
Known to chefs and food professionals all over the world, Multivac is a byword for chamber-type vacuum packing machines. Used in conjunction with our Clifton Food Range water baths and a rigid food storage regime, we know that our food and dishes will be cooked and stored safely and efficiently.
Life Coldline: blast chiller
Where would we be without our Life Coldline blast chiller? With classes sometimes lasting just a couple of hours, we often need to rapidly chill down certain dishes cooked by our students before they take them home to show off their new-found skills to family and friends. Ice cream custard, sauces, meat dishes and more that need to be chilled quickly are easily cooled in a matter of minutes. The Life Coldline range also incorporates a blast freezer as well as many other functions that the home cook would use. It also tempers chocolate, a god-send on our Chocolate workshop!
OTHER SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
Several companies and people have also been incredibly generous with their time and have gone beyond the call to deliver our beautiful cookery school on budget.
Sarah Jepson and her tirelessly hardworking team have supported Exeter Cookery School from the outset. Not only was the pre-launch they organised instrumental in placing us firmly on the map with regards to local VIPs, but while doing so they also introduced us to Sapphire Spaces, an all-important connection that we would not be the same without. The company has provided invaluable support with launching the Exeter Cookery School brand, as well as widening our reach with key marketing strategic advice. Their enthusiasm and energy know no bounds. Attention Media has also provided top notch SEO and digital marketing support.
Project Heating: heating engineers
David Tripp, MD of Marsh Barton heating engineers Project Heating, knows his stuff and will brook no nonsense when it comes to the use and fit of quality equipment.
We presented David with a unique problem: to install underfloor heating and exposed cooker ventilation in our 1830’s grade II listed canal-side cookery school and make it work quietly and reliably from day one. Once a course of action was decided on, neither hell nor high water would put David and his friendly team off from doing anything short of a totally professional job.
Wannells: electrical installation
Steve Hudd owns and runs one of the best electrical installers in the South West. Friendly, knowledgeable and generous with his time, Steve oversaw the extensive and complex fit out of our high-end cookery school. His electricians swarmed over the building installing thousands of metres of cable, hundreds of light and power fittings and a top-end fire alarm and smoke detector system. Steve would turn his hand to whatever electrical problem we threw at him including converting all our vintage Russian ship lights to modern safety standards.