“One day I finally relinquished and when the range came, honestly, I wanted to retire because it was just so different to what I was used to. But within about two weeks it was the best thing that ever happened to the business. The quality of the food, the heat retention, the recovery time, even the cabinets were keeping the food so much better.
“Our Kiremko has certainly helped to improve our trade because of how fast and fresh we can get the food out.
“And it is backed by the service so when we’ve needed them, KFE have been straight out.”
At 65, Mark can see retirement on the horizon but just before he hangs up his frying whites, he’s made one final investment in the business – a new Kiremko that will arrive on Danny’s birthday, making the ideal present!
Mark comments: “The old range has served us well and it’s not finished yet, in fact, it’s moving on. It’s just that we like to be on top of our game and getting new equipment is the way forward. You can’t just stay still, you’ve got to move with the times.
“We have increased capacity slightly, we’re limited because of the size of our shop but we’ve just managed to squeeze in two slightly bigger pans so that means at our busiest times we can get more food out and more quickly. They should maintain temperature better too now that we’re not overloading the pans.”
With celebrations on hold at the moment, Mark is looking forward to KFE’s annual dinner dance in September when he can raise a glass to Mister C’s achievements.
“KFE are very, very good at bringing the industry together and I have to say the Williams family are not just business associates, they are family friends to us now. It is sad that we have missed out on the opportunity to catch up with other like-minded people over the last 12 months, but this year the dinner dance will be bigger and better, I’m sure.”