LPG off grid Portable Oven, Hob & Grill

LPG Off Grid Portable Cook Station

 

The all new stainless steel off grid cook station is ideal for a variety of applications such as; Camping, Glamping, Motor homes, Van conversions, Man caves, Garage and outbuilding conversions, Garden parties, Portable cabins, Emergency and disaster zone facilities, etc, etc, etc... the list goes on.

                     

The cook station consists of a 3 burner hob, 36 litre combined oven and grill, integrated gas box and preparation work surface making it an ideal solution for most applications. The cook station features: 12v electronic ignition (internal battery), flame failure devices on all 3 burners, heavy duty stainless steel tubular framework, 6 swivel lockable castors, Integral gas box with regulator (suitable for 5kg Calor propane patio gas bottle), stainless steel preparation worktop and a tempered glass hob cover.

 Dimensions are:  H74cm   x   W85cm   x   D55cm  (including the oven door handle).

  • Camping
  • Glamping
  • Motor homes
  • Camper van conversions
  • Man caves
  • Garage and outbuilding conversions
  • Garden parties
  • Portable cabins
  • Emergency and disaster zone facilities

 

Extra £215 million funding to improve SEND within mainstream schools

Every local council’s allocation is at least £500,000 to enable them to expand and improve their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision, with more than half receiving at least £1 million.

Councils and schools will be free to invest the funding as they see fit to help children and young people with education, health and care plans to get a high-quality education.

The investment can used in mainstream schools, including:

  • academies
  • free schools
  • grammar schools
  • special units
  • special schools
  • early years settings
  • further education colleges
  • other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25

 

The funds are available to purchase Mobile Cook Stations so that children and young people can learn to prepare food and gain life skills for independent living.

"However, the funding will not be available until 2018-19 and will be spread over three years".

Childhood Obesity – a plan for action

Mobile Cook Station and OliviaA Plan for Action... Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely. Obese adults are seven times more likely to become a type 2 diabetic than adults of a healthy weight which may cause blindness or limb amputation. And not only are obese people more likely to get physical health conditions like heart disease, they are also more likely to be living with conditions like depression. The economic costs are great, too. We spend more each year on the treatment of obesity and diabetes than we do on the police, fire service and judicial system combined. It was estimated that the NHS in England spent £5.1 billion on overweight and obesity-related ill-health in 2014/15. The burden is falling hardest on those children from low-income backgrounds. Obesity rates are highest for children from the most deprived areas and this is getting worse. Children aged 5 and from the poorest income groups are twice as likely to be obese compared to their most well off counterparts and by age 11 they are three times as likely. Obesity is a complex problem with many drivers, including our behaviour, environment, genetics and culture. However, at its root obesity is caused by an energy imbalance: taking in more energy through food than we use through activity. Physical activity is associated with numerous health benefits for children, such as muscle and bone strength, health and fitness, improved quality of sleep and maintenance of a healthy weight. There is also evidence that physical activity and participating in organised sports and after school clubs is linked to improved academic performance. Long-term, sustainable change will only be achieved through the active engagement of schools, communities, families and individuals. The governments aim is to significantly reduce England’s rate of childhood obesity within the next ten years. They are confident that their approach will reduce childhood obesity while respecting consumer choice, economic realities and, ultimately, our need to eat. Although they are clear in their goals and firm in their action they will take, the launch of this plan represents the start of a conversation, rather than the final word.

Creating a new healthy rating scheme for primary schools.

The government’s plan for action to significantly reduce childhood obesity by supporting healthier choices.

Schools are a vital part of our plan, and have opportunities to support healthier eating, physical activity and to shape healthy habits. Schools also have unique contact with parents and can signpost them to information and advice on keeping their children healthy. From September 2017, the government will introduce a new healthy rating scheme for primary schools to recognise and encourage their contribution to preventing obesity by helping children to eat better and move more.

This scheme will be taken into account during Ofsted inspections. The scheme will help schools to demonstrate to parents that they are taking evidence-based actions to improve their pupils’ health. Building on existing schemes where appropriate, the criteria for the rating scheme will be developed in consultation with schools and experts but will cover the school’s approach as a whole. They will seek to actively involve parents in the rating process so they can be confident their children are attending schools which provide healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.


It's now time to start teaching children how to cook healthy!

The new Mobile Cook Station Compact

Mobile Cook Station Compact

Aside from the stunning design, the Mobile Cook Station Compact has two very practical safety features.

The oven has a Slide and Hide door making it easier to lift out heavy or large items, avoiding the dangers of drops or spills. The oven door is cool to the touch and eliminates the chance of burning your hands, arms or legs. It also eliminates trip hazards while the door is open. In partnership, our Slide and Hide door comes with an ergonomically designed revolution handle. This bevelled steel handle rotates forward smoothly as the door opens, remaining fully accessible even as it tucks away beneath the oven. So there’s no worry with catching hands or wrists due to awkward movements as you open and close the door.

The Mobile Cook Station Compact it fitted with an induction hob for fast and safe controllable cooking. Only the pan is heated and the ceramic plate remains relatively cool. When the pan is removed or the hob is turned off, heating instantly stops and the residual heat of the ceramic plate quickly cools. No spillage during cooking will bake onto the ceramic plate, making it easy to clean. Your pans will heat quickly and higher than normal cooking temperatures can be reached. With 9 selectable temperatures (40°C to 220°C), changing from a fast boil to a gentle simmer happens instantly at the press of a button on the stylish touch control panel.

Dimensions: H89cm x W98cm x D63cm (including the oven handle)

  • The Slide and Hide door is unique to the Mobile Cook Station Compact.
  • By retracting the door, access to the oven cavity is completely uninhibited for safer, easier use.
  • The oven features a large, 67 litre capacity with an internal light.
  • Fan circulated oven with variable temperature grill.
  • 60cm x 60cm stainless steel preparation work surface.
  • The oven door is cool touch that eliminates the chance of burning your hands, arms or legs. It also eliminates trip hazards while the door is open.
  • Perfect for hands-on cooks, it allows for flexible cooking, letting you load, baste, taste, unload and monitor food easily during the cooking process.
  • The Slide and Hide door also provides a great space-saving solution for smaller rooms.
  • The door comes with an ergonomically designed handle that rotates as you open and close the door.

 

Power Requirements

13 amp Power Socket

2 x 13Amp standard UK sockets (6kW)

2 x 3 Metre extension leads (supplied)

 

Dual Zone Induction Hob

Induction Hob

The new, safe, fast and controllable way of cooking. Only the pan is heated and the ceramic plate remains relatively cool. When the pan is removed or the hob is turned off, heating instantly stops and the residual heat of the ceramic plate quickly cools. No spillage during cooking will bake onto the ceramic plate, making it easy to clean.

Your pans will heat quickly and higher than normal cooking temperatures can be reached. With 9 selectable temperatures (40°C to 220°C), changing from a fast boil to a gentle simmer happens instantly at the press of a button on the stylish touch control panel.

 

Slide and Hide oven door

Slide and hide oven door

Already an iconic piece of kitchen design, the excellent Slide and Hide door is beautifully simple and brilliantly functional. Unique to Mexa Thermal, the Slide and Hide door is a really practical focal point of the Mobile Cook Station Compact. When you open the door, it slides under the cavity so you can access the oven easily and safely.

Not just great looking, the Slide and Hide door is perfect for hands-on cooking, letting you load, baste, flip, taste, unload and monitor food easily as you cook. It's also great for smaller rooms as it takes up less space.

The Slide and Hide door also comes with an ergonomically designed revolution handle. The bevelled steel handle turns as the door opens so it still looks clean and is easy to hold when you want to close the door.

The oven door is cool touch that eliminates the chance of burning your hands, arms or legs. It also eliminates trip hazards while the door is open.

Latest news update on practical cooking in primary school

MCS8 and OliviaFor the first time ever, practical cookery lessons are compulsory in primary schools. We explain what your budding Master Chef might learn.
 

From September 2014, primary school children should of been learning about food, cooking and nutrition under the national curriculum. It’s the first time that the subject has ever been compulsory in UK schools, and is a response to the School Food Plan (SFP): a 2013 document put together by a panel of experts, including restaurateurs, nutrition specialists, teachers and school cooks, aimed at improving the quality of both food education and the food served in schools. The SFP recommended that food education should be mandatory for all children in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, a proposal that the Government adopted in its new curriculum

Why food education matters

Learning about food, how to prepare it and the principles of a healthy diet is important for every child. Every year, the NHS spends £10billion treating people with diet-related illnesses, from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. Almost 20 per cent of children are obese by the time they leave primary school, and families on lower incomes tend to be the most disadvantaged in terms of their culinary knowledge and skills.

Cooking and nutrition falls within the design and technology curriculum. The new curriculum aims to teach children how to cook, with an emphasis on savoury dishes, and how to apply the principles of healthy eating and good nutrition. It recognises that cooking is an important life skill that will help children to feed themselves and others healthy and affordable food, now and in the future, potentially halting – and even reversing – the growth of diet-related illnesses.

Cooking and nutrition in Key Stage 1

  In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), children will be taught:

•   To use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes

•   To understand where food comes from

Cooking and nutrition in Key Stage 2

  In Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6), children will learn:

•   To understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet

•   To prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques

•   To understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed

Classroom cooking equipment

Currently, only 25 per cent of primary schools have teaching kitchens, which may mean that our children's cooking and nutrition lessons could be limited by the facilities available. However, Mexa Thermal have developed a Mobile Cook Station suitable for teaching primary school children while still putting safety first. The Mobile Cook Station complies with the European British Standard EN 60335-2-6 with a cool touch full size oven and a 2 zone induction hob. The Mobile Cook Station will fit through any doorway and will plug into a UK standard 13 amp socket, so it's ideal for teaching children within their own classroom.

Cooking and nutrition in practice

The national curriculum doesn’t give specific guidance about how it should teach cooking and nutrition, so it’s up to individual schools to decide how to deliver their lessons. A number of organisations, including the Children’s Food Trust, Chefs Adopt a School and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, are helping by putting together programmes of study that schools may choose to follow.

Primary school children may learn about cooking and nutrition through activities such as:

•   Preparing and cooking a variety of dishes, including hot and cold meals, desserts, packed lunches, salads, etc.

•   Using a variety of cooking equipment: scales, knives, utensils, etc.

•   Growing and harvesting fruit and vegetables

•   Writing meal plans and shopping lists

•   Taste-testing different foods

•   Learning about food hygiene and safety, including getting their food preparation area ready, and clearing up afterwards

•   Learning to read and understand food labels

•   Learning about farming and agriculture

•   Learning about nutritional principles such as a balanced diet, five-a-day etc.

The Children’s Food Trust recommends that children spend at least 24 hours in each Key Stage studying cooking and nutrition, with most of that time focused on practical cookery. It’s also recommended that practical lessons are delivered in groups of no more than 18 children.

Pupils to make “informed choices about healthy eating”, says Ofsted in new inspection framework

In a watershed moment for school food, Ofsted has formally included healthy eating and knowledge of how to eat healthily in its Common Inspection Framework. Mexa Thermal welcomes the commitment to children’s health it will bring about and reiterates its on going support for schools which can help with Ofsted inspections.

Head teachers and caterers are already working hard to make sure their students eat well and learn about food – new school food standards were introduced in January of this year, and practical cookery has been made compulsory in the national curriculum since September 2014. Now Ofsted has gone further in its announcement that from September 2015, the ability of pupils to “make informed choices about healthy eating” will form part of a judgment under personal development, behaviour and welfare.

This announcement follows a letter sent to the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food in February, in which Ofsted highlighted that they would be placing a renewed emphasis on school food, adding that “inspectors will look for evidence of a culture or ethos of exercise and healthy eating throughout the entire inspection visit, in classrooms as well as in the school canteen.”

“A culture” of “healthy eating” goes beyond the food on the plate. Head teachers may be expected to explain how they monitor and evaluate food education, and asked whether students and parents are consulted in the development of menus. Inspectors may assess the atmosphere and culture of the dining space, and may ask whether the school governor responsible for healthy eating can provide evidence of compliance with the school food standards.

Pupils to make “informed choices about healthy eating”, says Ofsted in new inspection framework

In a watershed moment for school food, Ofsted has formally included healthy eating and knowledge of how to eat healthily in its Common Inspection Framework published 15th June 2015. Mexa Thermal welcomes the commitment to children’s health it will bring about and reiterates its ongoing support for schools which can help with Ofsted inspections.

Head teachers and caterers are already working hard to make sure their students eat well and learn about food – new school food standards were introduced in January of this year, and practical cookery has been made compulsory in the national curriculum since September 2014. Now Ofsted has gone further in its announcement that from 1st September 2015, the ability of pupils to “make informed choices about healthy eating” will form part of a judgment under personal development, behaviour and welfare.
This announcement follows a letter sent to the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food in February, in which Ofsted highlighted that they would be placing a renewed emphasis on school food, adding that “inspectors will look for evidence of a culture or ethos of exercise and healthy eating throughout the entire inspection visit, in classrooms as well as in the school canteen.”

 

the Mobile Cook Station

Bringing the kitchen into the classroom

 

Ofsted to include healthy eating in Common Inspection Framework from September 2015

Ofsted has committed to including school food in its Common Inspection Framework in a letter from Sean Hartford, national director for schools, to Sharon Hodgson MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for School Food.

When the new school year starts in September areas such as wellbeing, health and healthy eating will be given a more prominent place in Ofsted’s inspection. The Common Inspection Framework, which was introduced on February 3rd 2015, will include, for the first time, a judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare.
An Ofsted spokesperson said: “The new Common Inspection Framework will look at how schools help children gain a good knowledge of how keep themselves healthy, including eating well.
“Inspectors will look at the food on offer and visit the canteen to see the atmosphere and culture in the dining space and the effect this has on pupils’ behaviour. They will also speak to school leaders about how they help to ensure a healthy lifestyle for pupils by helping them gain knowledge of a good diet.”
Practical cookery will now also feature under the judgement on ‘leadership and management’.
The letter also states that engagement with the School Food Plan has begun to ensure Ofsted’s training resources are effective in ensuring healthy eating and food in schools is properly inspected.
A LACA spokesperson said: “LACA warmly welcomes Ofsted’s commitment to include school food in their inspection programme.
“Nutrition and food in schools is a vital part of the education process and we have long called for this to be taken into account during Ofsted inspections.
“The school food industry has made huge strides in the last 18 months and this latest development is a sign that this progress shows no signs of slowing down.
“School caterers and suppliers are looking forward to this next exciting stage in school food provision."
Myles Bremner, director of the School Food Plan, said: "It is great news that Ofsted have reconfirmed their commitment to inspection school food and the way it supports improved school outcomes.
"We look forward to working with Ofsted over the next couple of months to ensure that the training and support for inspectors captures the importance of strong leadership, taking a ‘whole school approach’ and seeing through the eyes of the child"

 

Click here to read a letter from Ofsted to MP Ms Sharon Hodgson - Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food.

 

the Mobile Cook Station

Bringing the kitchen into the classroom

 

 

Ofsted new inspection framework for Sept 2015 – focus on food culture

Ofsted will be including healthy eating and evidence of a positive food culture as part of its inspection framework from September 2015.


Inspectors will look for evidence of a culture or ethos of exercise and healthy eating throughout their entire inspection visit, in classrooms as well as in the school canteen. They will look at the food on offer and visit the canteen to see the atmosphere and culture in the dining space and the effect this has on pupils' behaviour. Inspectors will also speak to school leaders about how they help to ensure a healthy lifestyle for pupils.

In addition to this, under the judgement on 'leadership and management' they will also consider the breadth and balance of the curriculum, of which practical cookery is now a part.

 

Click here to read a letter from Ofsted to MP Ms Sharon Hodgson - Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food.

 

the Mobile Cook Station

Bringing the kitchen into the classroom

 

 

Cooking Equipment For The Primary School Classroom

Bringing the kitchen into the classroom

Mobile Cook StationFor primary schools without food technology rooms; the Mobile Cook Station is a fantastic new concept for teaching practical cooking to KS1 & KS2 pupils, within their own classroom. The children choose, plan and prepare the lessons ingredients, the teacher then cooks the prepared food in front of them, demonstrating different types of cooking techniques.

Once cooked, the food can be passed around for the pupils to taste, for many of them trying new exciting textures and flavours for the first time. It gives them the chance to taste new foods, as well as teaching them to cook from healthy basic ingredients, probably one of the most important life skills they will learn.

"Putting Children's Safety First"

Complies with the European British Standard EN 60335-2-6

See how safe induction cooking is:

The benefits of the Mobile Cook Station

  • Space saving - No need for a Food Technology Room.
  • Saving money - No need to commission and service a Food Technology Room, save many tens of thousands of pounds in each school.
  • Reducing the health and safety risks - Young children not handling hot equipment.
  • Reduced staffing levels - Not having to care for young children in a Food Technology Room when handling hot equipment.
  • Less disruption to the children - Taking the practical cooking lessons in their own classrooms.
  • Mobile - The Mobile Cook Station can be moved from class to class, room to room.
  • Multiple Mobile Cook Stations - Different classes and key stages can teach practical cooking at the same time, not struggling to accommodate the whole school in a single Food Technology Room.
  • Versatile - Can be used for after school clubs, m.a.t.ch. workshops, children and parent groups, breakfast clubs, cookathons, fund raising and many more...
  • Safety Standards - Complies with the European British Standard EN 60335-2-6

Power Requirements

13 amp Power Socket

  • 2 x 13Amp standard UK sockets - 5.95kW combined
  • 2 x 4 Metre extension leads (supplied)

Trolley

Mobile Cook Station Trolley

Pans shown for illustration only

Manufactured from stainless steel for a hard wearing, hygienic finish ideal for food preparation. Fitted with four swivel/brake castors for full manoeuvrability and secure parking.


Want to know more? Call us on 01744 410 438

 

Preparation Table

Mobile Cook Station Table

The table folds down making the Mobile Cook Station easy to manoeuvre and store in confined areas. Just lift the table top and it locks into place. Manufactured from stainless steel making it an ideal food preparation area and for hygienic cleaning.

Hand Wash Sink Unit

Hand Wash Sink UnitThe jet spray system means more washes using less water. At least 10 twelve second hot washes per filling. The 2-litre Waste-Safe™ system traps all dirty water in complete security and is removable for emptying and cleaning. With excellent insulation properties, the water will stay hot for up to 5 hours depending on the initial temperature of the preheated hot water used. Constructed of fully moulded, high impact polyethylene; insulated throughout with expanded polyethylene. Unique finger tip controlled tap can’t collect dirt or grease. Washing under hot running water - dirty water goes direct to the Waste-Safe™ collection system. No bowl to collect suds and grease.

Fan Convection Oven

Mobile Cook Station OvenA commercial forced air convection oven with cool touch safety housing and handle, safer for classroom cooking. Easy to clean enamel cavity, perfect for baking, cooking, reheating or warming. Full size fan circulated oven constructed from stainless steel. The temperature range is 80° to 250°c and fitted with a 120 minute timer. There is an oversized viewing window in the door and an internal light fitted, making it easier for pupils to observe visual changes in foods cooking. There are 4 removable shelves supplied as standard to maximise the full work chamber area.

Dual Zone Induction Hob

Mobile Cook Station Induction HobThe new, safe, fast and controllable way of cooking. Only the pan is heated and the ceramic plate remains relatively cool, this makes it the ideal choice for teaching within schools and young children. When the pan is removed or the hob is turned off, heating instantly stops and the residual heat of the ceramic plate quickly cools. No spillage during cooking will bake onto the ceramic plate, making it easy to clean. Your pans will heat quickly and higher than normal cooking temperatures can be reached. With 8 selectable temperatures, changing from a fast boil to a gentle simmer happens instantly at the press of a button on the stylish touch control panel.

Want to know more? Call us on 01744 410 438

 

Refrigerator

Mobile Cook Station FridgeThe refrigerator employs special electronics to lower the power consumption and significantly reduce the speed of the cooling fans, once the correct operating temperature has been reached. The effect of this is to reduce the noise emitted to barely a whisper during normal running, whilst maintaining the capability to rapidly chill back down when required.

Associated Products

Oven Cook Station

Mobile OvenThe commercial forced air convection oven with cool-touch safety housing and handle, safer for classroom cooking. Easy to clean enamel cavity, perfect for baking, cooking, reheating or warming. The trolley is manufactured from stainless steel and fitted with four swivel/brake castors for full manoeuvrability and secure parking.

Power Requirements

  • 1 x 13Amp standard UK sockets - 2.8kW
  • 1 x 4 Metre extension lead (supplied)

Optional Extras

  • Refrigerator
  • Preparation Table
  • Hand Wash Sink Unit

Hob Cook Station

Mobile Hob

Illustrated with optional extra splash back

The new, safe, fast and controllable way of cooking. Only the pan is heated and the ceramic plate remains relatively cool, this makes it the ideal choice for teaching within schools and young children. When the pan is removed or the hob is turned off, heating instantly stops and the residual heat of the ceramic plate quickly cools. No spillage during cooking will bake onto the ceramic plate, making it easy to clean.

Power Requirements

  • 2 x 13Amp standard UK sockets - 6.2kW combined
  • 2 x 4 Metre extension leads (supplied)

Optional Extras

  • Splash Back
  • Preparation Table

Want to know more? Call us on 01744 410 438

Food National Curriculum

With the clock ticking before the start of the new curriculum, it's never too soon to planning how to achieve the new practical cooking and nutrition syllabus. With over 85% of the UK's primary schools without suitable cooking facilities, it's giving the Design and Technology departments quite a headache. It's not just the financial burden on primary schools commissioning food technology rooms,  but the difficulties in safeguarding KS2 children within a kitchen environment. (7 to 11 year olds handling hot cooking equipment, daunting).

 The new curriculum states that all Key Stage 2 pupils must;
  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.
  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Click here to download the full National Curriculum for September 2014.

The Mobile Cook Station is helping primary schools around the UK to overcome many of the above problems.

Bringing the kitchen into the classroom

 

In a class of its own (excuse the pun), the Mobile Cook Station puts children's safety first by complying with the European British Standard EN 60335-2-6, there is no safer cook station available. A far more viable option than food technology rooms, the Mobile Cook Station has the added bonus of being able to move from classroom to classroom.

Contact: Mexa Thermal immediately on ku.oc.lamrehtaxemnull@seiriuqne or call 01744 410 438 for further information.