Reflecting on 2020 has actually made us surprisingly proud. Proud of our industry, our team and most importantly our customers. ‘Challenging’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘heart-breaking’… just a few words that could summarise 2020 in general, but our word of choice is most certainly proud.
Thanks to an amazing team effort and 107 deeelicous pizzas, Team LLK managed to raise a whopping £700 to help the pups of Pennine Pen!
On Thursday 15th October, LLK will be transforming into a pop up pizza takeaway to help raise 'dough' for our neighbours at Pennine Pen Animal Sanctuary!
Pizza and pasta are a match made in Italian cuisine heaven. Sumptuous pasta accompanied by a stone baked slice? Bellissimo! That’s why the pizza pros here at LLK are VERY excited to share the news that we are launching our own range of…(drum roll please)… LLK Pasta Equipment!
Mixers are an investment and, now more than ever, caterers need to get their buying decision bang on so they can derive value out of every penny. No single catering operation is the same so it makes sense that mixers are not one size fits all! We’ve created a mini quiz to get you on track to finding the mixer that ticks your boxes...
After all the obstacles agile operators have overcome to open your doors again, you may be confronted with even more hurdles now things are back in full swing. Catering equipment that’s been out of action over lockdown is likely to reveal issues when it’s required to jump back into action. Luckily, the LLK Service Engineers are hand to come to repair your catering kit!
In the current industry climate, even the most seasoned caterers need a boost in the kitchen. Securing the right supportive catering equipment is more important than it’s ever been. This is where the automatic caterer, aka, the Cuppone Heated Press, can relieve the pressure that’s been put on businesses...
Your stock may be precious to you but, sometimes, you just need some space! Often when people put their stock out of sight, they fail to remember to put in the precautions to ensure that everything is still in one piece, or even still there, once it’s returned to! We’ve put together 5 handy tips to help you make safely storing your stock simple.
Along with the rest of the planet, the foodservice and hospitality world has changed dramatically in the past few months. It is likely that, for many, this has also meant a significant menu adaptation. This is where Cuppone’s flexible electric pizza ovens step up to the plate (or takeaway box)...
Remember back in 2009, when Cuppone launched the Giotto oven aka. the first electric oven in the world to feature a revolving cordierite stone base? Today, they continue to push the boundaries of what is possible for pizzaiolos with the second generation of the Cuppone Giotto oven, now with intelligent touchscreen technology!
The government has announced that hospitality businesses could be opening up on the 4th July. Although social distancing measures may be at the top of your pre-opening priority list, there are other precautions that could be easily missed with stressful consequences. Catering equipment that’s been dormant for a long period of time can reveal issues when it’s required to jump back to action...
Coronavirus has abruptly brought the catering industry face to face with its biggest challenge yet. A number of catering establishments are converting into home delivery and takeaway operations, safely complying with the rules whilst maintaining their cash flow. We’ve compiled a list of the items of pizza equipment that can transform any catering business with any level of experience into a well-oiled pizza producing machine...
Where do we even begin? The past couple of weeks have been an emotional, physical (and all the other –al’s) roller coaster for everyone.
Now that the initial shock is settling, Team LLK are picking ourselves back up and doing everything we can to ensure we are of service to those in our industry as well as the people within our community. We would like to update you on where we’re up to at LLK and the measures we’ve been putting in place.
Your living flame oven was a huge investment. It needs to be well looked after, with regular services, to ensure a long life with as little downtime as possible. But how do you choose the right engineer for the job of keeping your oven working to its full potential? This is the time to be picky- don’t solicit the services of an engineer unless they meet these 3 criteria:
On the 24th March between 10:00am and 1pm, we are once again holding a free-to-attend ‘Engineer Training Day’ at our premises in Oldham on the outskirts of Manchester!
Have you had the same pizza offering for so long it’s even starting to make you yawn? Though classics like Margheritas and Meat Feasts have their place on a pizza menu, they aren’t exciting enough to maintain the buzz around your pizza operation. If you want to entice a whole new crowd of customers through your doors, it’s time to clear the cobwebs from your pizza offering and get creative with a takeaway topping!
Are you looking for a grill to cook the meat, cheese, vegetables or fish for your kebabs, yakitori or other dishes to succulent perfection? If so, you’re probably grappling with the steam vs. flame cooking conundrum. Allow this short blog to show you the ventilation, health and hygiene benefits of the lean, clean, steam cooking machines that are Electric Vapour Grills!
With pizza’s sky-high popularity (and profits!), it’s no wonder so many are looking to start up their own pizza business. The pizza operations that go on to be great successes, however, are the ones powered by quality items of pizza equipment that meet the individual needs of the site. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put our heads together to compile a handy checklist of the items you may need to make your pizza ambition a reality!
Your items of catering equipment are the cogs that keep your operation running smoothly and efficiently. Read our list of the most common catering equipment faults you’re likely to come across in a commercial kitchen so you’re ready to recognise them, report them and get them resolved, rapid!
Calling all savvy foodservice operators building their restaurant, café, hotel or other catering business on a budget- LLK are having a catering equipment clear out with up to 38% off mixers, bain maries, blenders and more!
Why would a professional foodservice operator solicit the services of an outsider to tell them how to do their job? Allow this blog to explain what an asset a consultant chef can be to your catering business.
Calling all catering equipment engineers! Kick off 2020 on track for professional development and personal achievement with our ‘Engineer Training Day’ held at LLK HQ in Oldham on the 15th January between 10:30am and 1pm.
The festive season is a time to be celebrated by your catering business; an inundation of merry revellers more than happy to part with their cash in the name of good cheer. Preventative maintenance can mean the difference between happy holidays and a nightmare before Christmas. LLK’s little helpers- aka. our team of catering equipment engineers, have thoughtfully prepared little parcels of wisdom.
Have you ever envisioned yourself as the proud owner of a thriving pizza establishment? Do you already run a catering operation but want to boost your profits with a new pizza offering?
Allow these 4 facts and stats to get you off the fence and on the road to achieving your pizza concept!
LLK were honoured to once again be the official oven sponsors of the 2019 National Pizza Awards hosted at Islington Metal Works in London! 16 of the best pizzaiolos in the UK pizza scene used the Cuppone Donatello oven to 'prove' they had what it took to be 'Pizza Chef of the Year'...
Team LLK touched down in Milan last weekend to assist our fantastic pizza equipment manufacturers, Cuppone, showcase their products at the 41st edition of Europe’s BIGGEST hospitality exhibition, HOST!
The excitement is palpable at LLK HQ- the liquids are separated, the suitcases are squished shut and our fingers are itching towards our passports. This weekend, Natalie, Kyle, Cat and Ian are taking to the skies to attend the hospitality event of the year, HOST Milano 2019!
Introducing the LLK Multifunction Mixer, a mixer than encompasses the capabilities of a dough mixer and a planetary mixer. Our Development Chef, Fabio, tested the versatility of this product in our onsite demo kitchen by making meringue, vegan mayo and dough. Watch our YouTube video to see how he got on...
Our Development Chef, Fabio, has travelled the world as an expert pizzaiolo and is so passionate about the art of pizza making that we truly believe tomato sauce runs through his veins. He has been LLK’s Development Chef since 2017, sharing his expertise and educating our customers to help them to realise their potential! His alumni include The Resolute Café in Marlow, Ditto in Thames Ditton and Pesto in the Trafford centre. Fabio is allowing our readers a detailed insight into his 3-day consultancy course to demonstrate why his personalised training programme is so worth the investment!
Following the retirement of our founder, Linda Lewis, LLK is striding into the future, with a bold re-brand and full website overhaul.
As a recent study revealed the unfortunate news that 60% of restaurants fail within the first year- here at LLK, we are working to improve this shocking statistic. We consider ourselves the pizza professionals in our industry who are equipped with all the knowledge needed to run a successful restaurant.
LLK is delighted to announce that we are once again a headline sponsor at this year’s H20 National Pizza Awards. This competitive event is held annually at the Iron Works in Islington, London as the place to be to showcase your pizza talent and be in the chance to win some serious dough, £1,000 to be exact.
Our Cuppone Heated Press is one of our most popular items of catering equipment and with very good reason- the Press flattens doughballs to consistently perfect shapes in seconds, taking over the arduous task of hand stretching from busy chefs without ever calling in sick.
The sun is FINALLY shining and just in time for outdoor event season to get well and truly underway! Whether it’s food, drink, music or family oriented, there’s an event to be attended almost every weekend of the summer. Revellers from far and wide flock to the festivities, open to the discovery of new sounds, experiences and new tastes al fresco style in the summer sun.
Food waste is a BIG topic right now- according to Wrap, the food sector produces 0.4 million tonnes of avoidable food waste per annum. This waste has a significant negative effect on our environment as it emits harmful greenhouse gases and speeds up global warming.
The legendary Linda Lewis, Managing Director at LLK, has decided to take a step back from the company after 26 incredible years in the catering equipment industry!
Linda will be handing the baton to her lovely daughter and our fabulous Commercial Director, Jenna Lewis, who returned to her role following her maternity leave at the start of 2019. Jenna’s role will involve focusing on business development as well as setting up our exciting new export department.