Synergy Grill announce win, ‘FSAA INNOVATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR’ 2018

Synergy Grill announce win, ‘FSAA INNOVATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR’ 2018

ceda Silver Partner Synergy Grill have won an international award!

Chairman and Innovator Justin Cadbury and his British company, Synergy Grill, has again proved export clout by winning an award at Australia’s biggest tradeshow.

Synergy Grill attended the renowned Australian industry event ‘Fine Food Australia 2018’ and took home the top prize of ‘FSAA Innovation Product of the Year’.

The win in Australia comes at a relevant time, as Synergy Grill announced today (13th September 2018), their new strategic plan to export their products to more countries across the globe. This will be supported by global brand activity including the search for more global representatives. Leading Australian distributor, FSM Food Service PTY LTD represents Synergy Grill in Australia and is equally delighted with the prestigious award win.

Synergy Grill’s export strategy will also be bolstered by the product’s unique credentials: all Synergy Grill products are designed, sourced and invented in the UK, they use no fat tray and reduce ventilation strain whilst keeping them cleaner. Developed to create better tasting, healthier foods with low energy usage, Synergy Grill helps save money and the planet. With money saved on energy, Synergy Grill products often pay for themselves within a year allowing restaurants to deliver a better food product at a lower cost base…

Fine Food Australia welcomes over 1,000 exhibiting brands showcasing: general & speciality food, catering equipment, hospitality equipment, bakery, drinks, coffee, tea, dairy, meat & seafood, retail & technology, fit-out & design, packaging, natural, organic & free-from and more!

Congratulations are in order!

Justin Cadbury, Chairman of Synergy Grill, said: “I feel very proud. SYNERGY has received many awards around the globe over the last few years and this is further evidence that this product truly is innovative and fits the global market perfectly. Our sales of these units are gaining momentum as the word spreads.”

Despite personal opinion on Brexit, it is looming – and our industry needs to take advantage of what opportunities lay overseas and within exporting, and there are plenty! I look forward to challenging mainstream attitudes to wasteful energy usage within the food across the globe as well as promoting British technology”.

ceda Sponsor ACE Ready Steady Cook 2018

ceda Sponsor ACE Ready Steady Cook 2018

ceda are delighted to be sponsoring the chef jackets for the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) Ready Steady Cook competition on 20th September.

Different in nature to other chef competitions, ACE Ready Steady Cook is a competitive and fun event where the audience can network and be a part of the evening.

With ACE’s focus firmly on encouraging and recognising young talent, each team of two chefs will include one under 25 years old. With a huge LED screen above the competitors cooking area, the teams can be closely followed through the two heats and supporters can get close to the action! It all takes place in an impressive open-plan venue, The East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf which is easy to get to by tube or car, with parking close by. There will be a ‘Street Food’ area, together with sponsor and supplier stands, providing opportunities to mingle, chat and try samples.

It’s great fun, attended by over 200 food service guests and 14 competing teams. A video of last year’s competition can be viewed here:

Below is a brief timetable for the evening:

Introduction & Welcome                               5.30pm

First cook-off                                                  6.00 – 6.30pm

Interval & food stations open                      6.30pm

Second cook-off                                             7.30pm – 8.00pm

Presentations                                                  9.00pm – 9.30pm

Evening finishes by approx.                          10.00pm

Anyone wishing to attend Ready Steady Cook 2018 can book tickets here:

Gamble Foodservice Solutions introduce the Ultimate Hot Holding Range

Gamble Foodservice Solutions introduce the Ultimate Hot Holding Range

ceda Silver Partner, Gamble Foodservice Solutions have a range of units for all your hot holding requirements such as:

• Heated Holding

• Humidified Holding

• Banquets Cabinets

• Low Temp Cook & Hold Ovens

• Smoker Ovens

Whether it be for banquets, hospitality, catering, health care, restaurants, schools or even stadiums, Gamble Foodservice Solutions have the perfect solution!

Why not meat, eat and learn all about the range?

Sound like something you fancy? Then get in contact on 01509 260150 or drop an email to

ceda members developing an apprenticeship for catering equipment service engineers

ceda members take the first step to developing an apprenticeship for catering equipment service engineers

The commercial catering market has increased steadily over recent years with Out Of Home eating increasing dramatically over the last 30 years. In 1989 only 10% of consumers dined out at least once a month whereas in 2015 this had risen to 67% (Source – Mintel PWC consumer survey). In this time catering equipment has become more sophisticated and menu specific and therefore it requires more complex maintenance and breakdowns are much more disruptive to a business so response times have had to improve dramatically from 2 or 3 days during week days to same day or within 24 hours – 7 days a week. Catering operators, who historically only saw an engineer if a piece of equipment occasionally broke down, now recognise the need for regular preventive maintenance. Alongside this, many regulations have become much tighter (Gas Regulations, Health and Safety Regulations etc.)

Thirty years ago a catering equipment maintenance technician required very few skills or accreditations. A basic knowledge of gas, electricity and plumbing were adequate to cope with relatively simple technology.

A combination of all these factors has led to a demand for more technicians with greater knowledge and skill sets than in the past and a survey carried out by ceda amongst its members in 2016 showed that over 75% were currently looking to recruit engineers either to replace retiring/leaving personnel or to cope with the increased demand.

ceda recognised the problem several years ago and sought to create an apprenticeship for service engineers. In 2002 one was established at Salisbury College, however, it was short lived due to the regional nature of funding at that time. Since then the basis of apprenticeships has changed from being led by educational/training providers and based on formal qualifications to now being led by employers to ensure that apprentices learn the knowledge and skills to meet their requirements.

ceda has been instrumental in creating a Trailblazer Group of 11 members to develop an apprenticeship standard for a Catering Equipment Technician. The group had its first meeting on the 30th August and with the help of an advisor from the Institute of Apprenticeships produced a draft proposal which is 95% complete and will be completed in time to be submitted by the deadline of 26th September.

If any other ceda members would like to become part of the trailblazer group they should initially contact Peter Kay

When we submit our proposal to develop a standard, we need to upload two advertisements where companies are looking to recruit engineers. Could members also to send Peter Kay copies of any recent adverts that they have placed?

Regale Microwave Ovens launch Microsave® CPS3A Cavity Liner

Regale Microwave Ovens launch Microsave® CPS3A Cavity Liner

ceda Silver Partner, Regale Microwave Ovens have just launched a new product.

The new Microsave® CPS3A Cavity liner for the new innovated 1800watt output microwave oven by Panasonic which has a stainless steel outer door, is ideal for front of house as well as very busy kitchens. Using the brand new to commercial microwave ovens INVERTER technology which not only makes the microwave oven 12 kilos lighter than any other high powered microwave oven but also gives a far smoother cook pattern with no cold spots and gives a saving of 6% less on energy costs!

The inner door is made of steel, with no seals or ridges, making it easy to clean and helps to avoid most unnecessary door repairs. The new Microsave® Cavity Liner makes it the ‘ultimate clean machine’ where all parts not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty are protected.

For the launch of the Panasonic NE1878 commercial microwave oven, Regale are giving away the CPS3A Cavity Liner worth £69.00. Regale will unbox the microwave, check it over, place a Microsave® CPS3A inside the cavity with all instructions, correctly re-box the microwave and send out on a free next working day service. This will be a limited offer over the next three months. Attached are the full details.

Gain a Level 4 Certificate in Catering Gas Management in Catering Premises

Gain a Level 4 Certificate in Catering Gas Management in Catering Premise

ceda has worked with Logic Certification to develop the Level 4 Certificate in Catering Gas Management in Catering Premises which is now being delivered by training provider SGAS, based in Blackpool.

This qualification has been designed specifically for people who are responsible for the management of gas engineers and contractors but who do not hold a gas qualification themselves, so is therefore suitable for service managers and project managers/supervisors.

The course was recently completed by Stewart Shaw (second from left on picture) and Simon Mallett (right on picture) of Caterware. Simon said, “The completion of the course has given me a greater understanding of gas safety and the confidence to discuss and challenge gas engineers and contractors moving forward”.

Course info available here

Venue: SGAS, Blackpool
Contact: Steve Johnston
Attendance: 6 x 1 day sessions @ SGAS (1 x day per month), plus some additional research work (approx. 6 hours per month)
Costs: £1260 + VAT per delegate

Limited space on Approved Catering Equipment Installer accreditation course

Limited space on Approved Catering Equipment Installer accreditation course

In conjunction with the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) we have organised a one day training course and exam to enable engineers to gain the “Approved Catering Equipment Installer” accreditation.

The “Approved Catering Equipment Installer” accreditation is an industry specific version of the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS) which is becoming a requirement of many larger customers for service and installation engineers.

The course is to be held in Brackley, Northamptonshire on 11th September. Due to a last minute cancellation we have at least one place available. The cost of the course is £60 plus a further £60 to register successful candidates with the appropriate water company.

The course is open to subcontractors to ceda members as well as their own engineers.  For more information contact Peter Kay or 07770 848798.

Apeiron Catering Engineers join ceda as a Service Member

Apeiron Catering Engineers join ceda as a Service Member

We are pleased to announce that Apeiron Catering Engineers have joined ceda as a Service Member.

Apeiron Catering Engineers endeavour to lead the way in their goal of infinite customer care, continued support and ongoing commitment to clients. Their response, knowledge of equipment, turn around on repairs requiring parts and communication stand them out from the crowd. They offer service repairs, maintenance contracts, sales, installations and projects and are only a phone call away. Covering a large area over the South coast they are here to help.

Explaining why they decided to join ceda, Apeiron Director, Steve McEwen said, “We decided to apply to join ceda as we realise the importance of ceda as an industry body benefits its members through community, technical knowledge and communications which we would otherwise not be a part of.

“As a former Technical Steering Group member with ceda I see the benefit of having the register of qualified engineers, industry bulletins and technical conference where as an industry we can strive to drive standards forward.”

Find out more about Apeiron Catering Engineers on their website:

KCCJ re-join as ceda Members

KCCJ re-join as ceda Members

We are delighted that KCCJ have re-joined ceda as Full Members.

KCCJ are specialists in commercial kitchen design, planning and installation of quality catering equipment facilities for UK restaurants, hotels, leisure centres and schools.

They create and inspire food service solutions that deliver business success. Their services include:

– catering equipment supply
– concept and menu development
– commercial kitchen design
– front of house
– food service premises construction

KCCJ’s mission is to be a trusted partner in the creation of a food service experience that wows the customer; to source or develop the most innovative and cost effective catering products and solutions in the market; to empower your staff to deliver a superior quality service; to make your business stand out from the crowd and be a financial success.

Of the decision to re-join ceda KCCJ Managing Director, Kevin Slatter said, “Following on from the restructuring of ceda and comments/statements made by others we felt the time was right to re-join. Having the association with this recognised body within the industry will enhance the services KCCJ offer.”

Find out more about KCCJ on their website:

Synergy Grill become ceda Silver Partner

Synergy Grill become ceda Silver Partner

We are delighted to announce Synergy Grill as a ceda Silver Partner.

The Synergy Grill is the world’s first and only fat atomizing commercial char grill.  Its key attributes lie within its patented design, that reduces fuel consumption on average by 59% (BSI – tested), eliminates the need for a fat tray, therefore offers substantially reduced cleaning costs and has no fat of which to dispose. At the same time, it delivers an enhanced quality of cooked food in terms of taste, succulence and reduced shrinkage. The internationally award-winning grills are to be found in over 700 commercial kitchens in the UK and are increasingly finding a home overseas.  The launch of the new “outdoor mobile cook station” for outdoor events has been very well received this summer and is an example of Synergy’s continual search to innovate and provide world leading products into the market.

As a world-leading technology in its niche market Synergy Grill are looking forward to working with ceda and its members to stimulate industry interest in their products still further, especially with those industry players that that ceda represents where quality of products, delivery and service are paramount.

Synergy Grill Chairman, Justin Cadbury, said,“We are proud to win this appointment with ceda and will continue to bring the innovation grill technology to our colleagues in the industry for which we are recognised. We believe that the challenges of rising costs for the restaurant owners and more discerning diners combine so we can give the key specifiers the products and technology more suited to the future.”

Find out more about Synergy Grill by visiting