The Proud Archivist

On January 15th, 2014, posted in: All by david
Fulcrum recently completed the kitchen fit out for The Proud Archivist, the multi-faceted Restaurant, Bar, Gallery and Event space in North East London.
Fulcrum was approached by Keith Tucker, owner of Barracuda Construction, acting on behalf of Hector Proud who acquired the site in August 2013. Hector asked Fulcrum to complete the fitting of a kitchen, wash up and adjoining walk in cold room at his new venture.
Hector Proud
Hector aimed for his Restaurant to echo the style of the grand coffee houses of London in the 17th and 18th Century and so wanted an appropriate kitchen space to make his dream a reality. An important element of this was to create a food
preparation area that was on show to the public. Therefore the design team at Fulcrum ensured that this was accounted for – as can be seen on the right side of the floor plan below, the food preparation area was designed to run along the bar counter so that Diners can view the Chef’s preparing their meals.
Floor plan for The Proud Archivist
The service countering at the bottom of the design completes and efficient flow from the island prep and cooksuite areas with head chef, Alan Stewart, controlling the pass.The overriding requirement for the kitchen to be a ‘cooking theatre’ was paramount but at the same time the kitchen needed to work as an operational space.  Hector Proud insisted that a full height bookcase was retained against one wall (left hand wall in above design) in order to maintain the feel of the site being a cultural centre.
Fabrication Drawing DJB
During the fit-out Fulcrum liaised closely with Barracuda Construction and Keith Tucker with regard to the dimensioning, set-out of stud walls and the running of mechanical and electrical services.
A big challenge during the installation came very close to the end of the fitting schedule when the late-appointed Head Chef requested a change of kitchen equipment away from conventional electric cooking over to induction equipment, something which was not part of the original brief. Induction cooking equipment uses state-of-the art technology where a copper coil is placed under the cooking pots and alternating electric currents flow through them producing a magnetic field. This causes an electric current to be created in the pot which heats the food.  The benefit of this method is that the heating only occurs when pans are on the hob giving efficient use of instant energy, whilst at the same time maintaining a very ‘green’ operation.  This late change in the specifications saw Fulcrum having to react very quickly to meet the clients needs without jeopardising the completion date.
Despite the challenges encountered, a kitchen area fitting the clients design brief and requirements of a busy restaurant and event centre was successfully achieved, as can be seen in the picture below.
The Kitchen at The Proud Archivist
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Movilfrit Charcoal Ovens now in stock at Fulcrum

On October 24th, 2013, posted in: All by david
We are a UK agent for Movilfrit oven. Manufactured in Spain and already used in the rest of Europe, Fulcrum has bought in a ‘BR-45′ Charcoal Oven which is now viewable at our office in Marlborough, Wiltshire.
We would like to welcome any client who is considering cooking with a real charcoal oven to visit us to view this unit first hand.
We are able to offer this unit, comparable to Josper, Inka and Bertha ovens, at extremely competitive rates.
The ‘BR-45′, complete with mobile stand, is available for £3,295.00 + VAT
Information on all Movilfrit products can be found on the link below:
http://www.movilfrit.com/en/home
For any further details or to arrange a viewing, please call: 01672 515 990

Movilfrit 'BR-45' Charcoal Oven

Movilfrit 'BR-45' Close-up

Movilfrit Display
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COCO Coast to Coast

On October 2nd, 2013, posted in: All by david

From Left to Right: Michael, David, Julian, Paul & Ash

On 17th September ’13, our Director, David, made up part of a team of Foster staff and other distributors who completed the Devon ‘Coast to Coast’ bike ride to raise money for the international children’s charity COCO.
The trail covered the 100 miles from the town of Ilfracombe (on the North coast) to the port of Plymouth and took the team 2 days to complete. Alongside David rode Foster’s UK Sales Director and organiser, Ashley Sword, Alan Donald, Julian Shine, Michael Doffman, Paul Holland (Foster) and Andy Clarke (Foster). COCO works with communities in remote regions overseas to alleviate the poverty preventing children’s education.
COCO stands for Comrades of Children Overseas, a name taken from the famous Comrades Marathon in South Africa which both co-founders, Steve Cram MBE and Jim Panton, ran back in 1998. They both realised the impact fundraising could have on the lives of people blighted by poverty and believed that education provided the answer to overcoming poverty. From here COCO was born.
See more at: http://www.coco.org.uk/#sthash.Ls41AXlP.dpuf

Dave Cools Down

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Autumn Offers 2013

On September 9th, 2013, posted in: All by david
Autumn is once again upon us!
We’ve revised our special offers page and these deals will be valid until 29th November 2013… Please click on the link below to take a look at what’s on offer:

Autumn Offer 2013

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Fulcrum Joins ‘ENSE’

On August 19th, 2013, posted in: All by david

As of May 2013, Fulcrum has become a member of developing buying Consortium, ENSE, as it spreads in popularity across the UK. To explain what this means for us and our customers, we have outlined some of the finer details below:
Who are ‘ENSE’:
Originally brought over to the UK in 2012 by American, Bob Adams, ENSE (European Network of Suppliers & Equipment) is the UK’s first Buying Consortium for commercial catering equipment and supplies. Buying Consortiums are a popular concept in the US, but were virtually non-existent in the UK until Bob saw an opportunity to change the way distributors work for the better.
What do they do:
The Group currently consists of 32 Distributors and 23 Suppliers. Unlike traditional buying groups, where the dealer buys through the Consortium itself,  distributors deal directly with manufacturers. ENSE encourages distributors to commit to supporting selected ‘preferred’ manufacturers, giving them a more competitive edge which they can then pass on to their customers. The aim is that the group will eventually have two manufacturers per product category in order to ensure exclusivity and drive dealer loyalty. In the words of Robin McKnight – Sales Director: “Commitment yields results”.
What this means for Fulcrum:
As one of ENSE’s newest Distributors, Fulcrum benefit from a range of deals and discounts which potentially means lower prices for our customers on some popular brands, including Lincat, Metcalfe and Shelfspan.
For those of you who might be a little confused or concerned, David Burnett adds: “Fulcrum already has long-established accounts with a number of non-ENSE affiliated suppliers and it should be noted that our membership of the ENSE group will not affect this in any way whatsoever. As a distributor we are committed to striving for the best possible deal and equipment quality for our customers. ENSE suppliers just widen our horizons in order to achieve this end”
Please follow the link below to the ENSE Website, for more information:
www.enseuk.co.uk
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