Cooking Up a Storm with a JLA Combi Oven

The Ridgeway Nursing Home in Derbyshire provides nursing and personal care for up to 46 older people, including people who have dementia. Here, Head Cook Lisa Peart talks about how the home’s new combi oven is improving life all round.

Having heard about the benefits a combi oven could provide, Lisa chose JLA to scope out new kitchen equipment when the time came to ‘swap-out’ the home’s sluggish old gas oven.

Previously, the home relied on a standard commercial gas oven, which stretched resources and limited the range of food Lisa could offer residents.  After almost two years using the new Inteli-Cook Gourmet, she has been impressed by the combi’s performance. As well as being much safer than their old gas oven, easy regulation of temperature means Lisa can ensure consistency when preparing meals. Thanks to the switch in equipment, the residents are now able to enjoy freshly cooked meals that can be personally prepared for their individual nutritional needs.

“I love the fact that the combi saves space. Having one piece of kit that can replace 2 or 3 different pieces of equipment really helps us. The quality of meals prepared is always excellent.”

Although Lisa is in charge of cooking duties, all kitchen staff at the home have knowledge of the equipment thanks to the training session with JLA’s own development chef.

“The training provided by JLA was very useful, and made it easy to start using the combi straight away.”

Care homes like The Ridgeway around the UK are switching to combi ovens and enjoying the same improvements in speed, efficiency, quality and nutritional balance that Lisa is seeing.

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