In a secluded corner of the Northern Highlands lies Skibo Castle, home to the Carnegie Club, an exclusive members club offering the best of Scottish hospitality & grandeur.
The chefs at Skibo are passionate about food, and it shows through on the plate. Executive Chef Craig Rowland, recently invested as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, oversees a team of talented professionals committed to offering members world-class cuisine.
The catering facilities at the club recently underwent a complete redesign and upgrade to the serve the golf club house, doubling the size of the facility. The kitchen is used for catering as well as hosting cookery classes for members, so it needed to integrate into the interior design of the club house. The design was to create a theatre-style kitchen with clean lines and an easy to maintain, hygienic finish. The showpiece was an 800kg pizza oven from Italy.
Gratte Brothers designed and installed the new kitchen with Gavin McDonald Flooring. As part of the design, Gratte Brothers selected a range of Altro floors and walls to meet the exacting standards of the brief. Altro floors and walls are Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) approved meet all current European Union (EU) Directives on health and hygiene, making them particularly suitable for use in commercial kitchens.
Executive Chef Craig Rowland said: “We have used Altro floors at the club before and realised their many benefits. We liked the colour options and that it is a cost-effective, slip-resistant floor that is easy to clean and maintain. The result is excellent.”
Altro Stronghold 30 safety flooring achieves Altro’s highest rating for slip resistance (PTV ≥55, R12) and is designed to minimise risk in areas exposed to grease, oils and fats for the lifetime of the flooring. As well as helping to keep staff safe from slips, it also helps reduce their fatigue, thanks to its 3mm thickness which provides noise reduction and comfort underfoot.
Altro Stronghold 30 was combined with a range of Altro Whiterock hygienic walls, including Altro Whiterock White, Altro Whiterock Satins and Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom) throughout the kitchen and front of house servery area. Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom)is created by reproducing a photographic image or vector art onto Altro Whiterock wall cladding, with consistent, photographic quality, allowing a bespoke design. Altro Whiterock Satins is available in a range of 27 solid, satin-finish shades – from subtle pastels through to vivid brights – and can be used where aesthetics and durability are important.
Craig continued: “We liked the option to get a printed picture on the wall, and that’s why we chose Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom)for the front of house servery area to create impact.”
Altro Fortis was used in the busy corridors to provide robust wall protection for a busy kitchen.
Gratte Brothers won the CEDA Grand Prix Award in the Medium Projects category for 2017.