Martyn Clover is Head of Food for Tortilla, makers of Californian Burrito’s and Tacos with 36 restaurants across the country. He’s responsible for ensuring the stores have everything they need from ingredients to equipment, to produce the very best Cali-Mexican Cuisine, as well as developing new and exciting menu items and seasonal salsas.
What piece of equipment is most essential to your kitchen operation?
Probably our Rice Cookers, rice is one of the most important ingredients to a Burrito and if it’s not cooked properly then the dish is inedible.
What’s on your equipment wish-list this year?
I am always looking for bigger and better rice cookers and also a way of producing great quesadillas in under a minute.
What do you feel is the key for operators to successfully compete against their competitors?
I think it’s quite simple, believe in your product, do it the very best you can at the best price you can and listen to your customers.
What do you see as key trends for commercial kitchens in the coming year?
– Making best use of space as space becomes more and more premium.
Describe the Commercial Kitchen trade show in 3 words:
Innovative, interesting, inspiring.
How important is the Commercial Kitchen trade show to you and the sector?
It’s one of the occasions during the year when everyone is in one place and you can see what innovation is out there as well as catching up with other businesses to get the gossip!
Can you tell us a bit about your much-anticipated sessions at Commercial Kitchen 2018?
I think we will be discussing the challenges businesses face in a market where space is in such demand and therefore every square foot of a kitchen has to work for you. If you can thrive in small spaces then you really can have a distinct advantage over your competitors.
Who or what inspires you to be even better?
It’s a cliché but my family definitely inspire me as do the guys working in our kitchens, seeing such passion for food drives me to get the very best for them.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
If you say you’re going to do something then you had better do it.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people don’t know:
I used to write comedy and did a bit of Stand Up a few years ago.
See Martyn at Commercial Kitchen 2018
Compact Kitchens – Being Innovative in Smaller Spaces: 11.45am in the Keynote Theatre on Tuesday 5 June. The session will also feature Arnaud Kaziewicz (EAT.), Shereen Ritchie (LEON), Edward Parkes (The Gentlemen Baristas), Tyron Stephens-Smith (TAG UKltd), and Gethin Evans (BSA / Café life Association & PAPA).
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