Trocadero win for CIA

A Carlow firm specialising in energy-efficient restaurant kitchen design has completed a €250,000 kitchen re-fit for Dublin restaurant Trocadero.

Catering Innovation Agency (CIA) fitted the kitchen with induction systems from Palux, a German kitchen equipment manufacturer, after evaluating Trocadero’s menu, cooking methods and trade volumes.

Enda O’Donaghue, CIA’s sales director said induction could cut energy usage in kitchens by up to 85 per cent, generating less heat and lower levels of carbon monoxide.

“The induction tops and grills in the kitchen are only activated when pans or plates are placed on them, and switch off automatically when they’re removed, which drastically cuts energy bill,” – said O’Donaghue.

“The system also saves time for staff. Previously, staff had to remove each work surface, clean it and re-insert it, but now the surfaces are continuous and are completely spotless after a quick wipe down.”

CIA completed the Trocadero project in April.

“We are going into new territory with the induction kitchen and we were impressed by how attentive CIA Ireland were” – said Patricia Aitchison, partner, Trocadero.

“They held our hands the whole way through the operation. Even now, they pop in to see how things are going”.

CIA Ireland was established in 2008 and has four full-time and four part-time staff and a turnover of €2 million.

“Our main customers are restaurants and agencies with large canteens.” – said O’Donoghue.

“We can install single pieces of catering equipment such as cookers or worktops, or do complete re-fits. Recent high profile projects we’ve worked on include kitchen fit outs for UCD and for Ballinahinch Castle in Galway”.