Brakes launches new range of “developed by chefs, for chefs” ready meals

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes has given its selection of prepared meals a new direction with the introduction of a range that has been “developed by chefs for chefs”.

The new recipes pull together pan Asian, modern European and North African flavours, reflecting the highest growth sectors in the rapidly expanding prepared meals market, says Brakes.

Eleven dishes, some slow-cooked, aim to save chefs save on time and labour but still provide a “homemade” finish, as well as versatility. The dishes are packed in either foil trays or pouches, ready for reheating, and are ideal for any sector.

The individually portioned dishes include: Venison Lasagne, Moroccan Beef, Freekeh Chicken – a Moroccan-style favourite of marinated diced chicken thigh, slowly cooked in a spiced sauce and finished with Freekeh grains and coriander leaf – Paneer Saag & Gobi Masala (pictured above),  Beef Goulash, and Panang Chicken Curry. The multi portion range also includes Chicken Casserole & Root Vegetable.

Other slow cooked items include: Lamb Shoulder with Salt & Pepper and Beef Rib with Salt & Pepper

“As customers continue to broaden their interest in foods from around the world there is huge potential for caterers to capitalise on modern world cuisine, and trends such as slow cooking,” says Louise Hatch, category manager at Brakes. “This new range allows chefs to create authentic meals quickly and easily, with minimum labour and costs, and therefore increased profit. At the same time, it is entirely flexible, allowing them to add their own touches for maximum menu appeal.”

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