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The Cookery School, Kent

Altro enjoys celebrity status at new cookery school

Altro Stronghold 30, Altro Whiterock White

A determination to use only the highest quality products has led to Altro floors and walls being specified for a cookery school run by celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager.

The Cookery School, in the historic heart of the beautiful Lower Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, opened its doors in Spring 2013. It is located in a three-storey Regency-style building and includes a domestic school, professional school, a deli and café, as well as event space.

The former I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here contestant has teamed up with Executive Chef John Rogers to offer students a comprehensive programme of one day and half day courses. A Chef’s Table dining experience is also held every Friday and Saturday evening.

John Rogers was tasked with project managing the creation of the school and this included sourcing the very best materials for the professional kitchen.

“We wanted to source the very best brands for the school and this meant that Altro was the number one choice for floors and walls,” explained John. “I have used their products before in kitchens and they are superb quality, they look great and are built to last. In my experience, no other product can compete with Altro.

For the school’s professional kitchen, John Rogers specifically asked for Altro Stronghold 30 safety flooring and Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding. “I have used both these products before in professional kitchens and they are undoubtedly the best; easy to clean, practical, safe and they look the business,” said John.

Altro Stronghold 30 is frequently specified for commercial kitchens because it’s designed for use in kitchens where grease, oils or fats may be present.

The product has Altro’s highest rating for slip resistance in areas of heavy traffic. It also offers long-term durability and ease of cleaning and its 3mm thickness provides added noise reduction, comfort and strength underfoot.

Altro Whiterock is a cost-effective sheet extruded from a high quality, food safe PVCu polymer for operating temperatures up to 60°C. It is easy to clean, impact resistant and grout-free.

The installation of the Altro floors and walls was carried out by Elite Interiors. Project manager Jeremy Smith, quite a tight timescale to get the job done. It took us around four weeks with a team of four fitters.

“We installed 128m² of Altro Stronghold 30 and 145m² of Altro Whiterock in the professional kitchen. These products are very straightforward to install and as an Altro Premier Installer we have a great deal of experience in working with their floors and walls. Altro is a great company to work with; very supportive, with superb back-up, which makes even challenging projects so much easier.”

John Rogers is delighted with his new kitchen – and the floors and walls meet his exacting standards. “The team from Elite Interiors were amazing; very professional, helpful and they completed the work very quickly to meet our deadlines. They did a fantastic job.

“With the Altro floors and walls we have achieved exactly the look and feel we wanted, without sacrificing on practicality and safety. The floors are laid with coving that goes 100mm up the walls, which makes them so easy to clean. I am confident that we have sourced the best possible quality floors and walls for our school and the results are superb.”

Rosemary Shrager commented: “In the Cookery School we chose the best of the best to work with; Altro was a natural choice for us. From first enquiry to final delivery they have been fantastic. The flooring and walls look absolutely amazing, while also being incredibly durable and slip-resistant. I recommend anyone to buy them.”

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