Renowned Mancunian Chef Mary-Ellen McTague was enlisted to give Manchester Art Gallery’s café a major overhaul.
As well as updating menus and suppliers, Mary-Ellen wanted to alter the public tray service area of the café to create an open kitchen where chefs would finish dishes from the new menus.
With no ventilation available in the listed building alternative solutions had to be found.
Cooking and holding areas to be mobile so that in the future they could be used for events in other areas of the Gallery.
A horseshoe shaped cooking, holding and plating area needed to wrap around one side of a central lift shaft that descends to the main kitchen.
The cooking/finishing induction had to be incorporated as part of a ventless cooking system.
CHR also provided safety flooring to the area, counter fridges, and freezer.
The previous catering operator was trading up until a week before the new kitchen was due to open. This provided very limited time in which to complete all work for relevant services as well as the installation of fabrication and equipment.
Project management at each step allowed for co-ordination of all the trades that were needed and the install was completed in time for the Gallery Café by Mary-Ellen McTague to open for a press lunch on Thursday 15th June 2017.
Handover and Training
CHR arranged for training on specific pieces of equipment, notably the ventless cooking system as well as providing more general training around the ongoing support from our service department.
The Gallery Café is now in full operation feeding hundreds of Gallery visitors and passers-by each week.
Mary -Ellen said “Working with CHR to transform the food offer at Manchester Art Gallery has been a brilliant experience. They have delivered a service kitchen that allows us to cook to order for our guests, something that was previously impossible due to the listed building status.”