Sous Vide technology in catering
It is a world tendency that the restaurants and hotels intend to serve their guests with food of higher and higher quality, without a significant increase in labour costs. This effort is honourable and useful, but presents a difficult task, because the added value can typically be produced with human work only.
The sous vide process is increasingly popular and fashionable worldwide, and the point is that the products can be thoroughly prepared. While cooking, much less and less skilled cooks can cope even with hundreds of guests, who know nothing about the method of preparation, they only know that they have had a very special culinary experience. The chef just needs to receive their praises.
The exact recipes guarantee homogeneous and consistent quality, while the measured doses provide easy calculation, with no hidden costs. We try to keep the prices of the products as low as possible, the manufactory using renewable energies is highly efficient, cost-effective, and perfectly suitable for this purpose.
After careful selection, the raw materials are obtained in relatively large quantities, and, as a result, we buy the meat in excellent quality at reasonable prices. If necessary, we are happy to assist our partners in menu planning and calculation.
It is quite expensive to build up the sous vide technology, a large investment for a restaurant, and neither the vacuum bags nor the servicing of the machines are cheap.
An error often made by the chefs, though not intentionally, is that they do not calculate with the wages and energy costs, they only observe the prices of the raw materials while the sales prices are determined.
It is not easy to find a cook who is familiar with the sous vide technology and uses it regularly, and even if we find someone or train such a cook, he may not stay with us in the long term and may turn in the direction of our western neighbours.
The sous vide manufactory
After strict controls, our manufactory has received the world’s two largest and most important food safety certificates, the I.F.S and the B.R.C. Thanks to these two documents, we can now deliver to any country, from Canada to Japan.
All of our sous vide products are completely free from ‚E’ numbers and meet the highest standards; they can proudly be put on the table in front of anyone, from Michelin star chefs to children. It is only possible as the sous vide process is used to prepare the meals; if chilled, the food remains fresh for several weeks, if frozen, the meals are fresh for years.
The common feature of all the products is that they are made using only highest-quality ingredients.
It is very important to accurately follow the recipes; also controlling has an essential role in the plant.
The launch of the sous vide product line was preceded by one year of careful experimentation.
There are presently more than 20 different kinds of prepared meat in the product range, and it is constantly extended. All the products are salted and some of them are seasoned, of course, just enough to keep their character and enhance their flavour.
The sous vide product family can be marketed very well; the product can be easily presented in cooking programs, showing its ease of use and outstanding quality.
The beginning & The background
Péter Pataky, one of the owners of the plant, has lived in England for more than three years, and graduated from a college there, while he perfected his sous vide skills together with Michelin star chefs.
In 2011, he moved back to Hungary and participated in the opening of the IKON restaurant as a chef. He leads the IKON’s kitchen ever since. Thanks to Péter’s professional experience, the excellent raw materials and the sous vide technology, among other things, IKON is regularly one of the best three countryside restaurants of Hungary.
He and his brother has recently opened a restaurant called Meatology in Budapest, which focuses mostly on high quality meat dishes, where only dishes prepared with the sous vide method leave the kitchen. (www.meatologybudapest.hu)
Péter Varga is the other owner of the plant, who has been working in the light industry and trade for 30 years; the Le GourMate brand is a member of his group of companies employing more than 2,000 people.
with our customers
there is the option to develop custom recipes.
Knuckle of pork with garlic
Pack: 70-85 dg knuckle of pork, in vacuum bag
Marinated front knuckle of pork flavoured with garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper, and steamed ready in vacuum. Contrary to the pre-cooked or pre-roast knuckle of pork prepared under the simpler conditions of restaurants, this marinated knuckle of pork, cooked in vacuum, is delicious, salty, and juicy inside, even next to the bone, and can be roasted crispy very quickly. Perfect knuckle of pork experience in just 20 minutes..
Medium-rare pork tenderloin
Pack: 18-22 dg portions, in vacuum bags
Minimally seasoned, even in the inside pleasantly salty pork tenderloin portions heat-treated to perfection. The bags should be put into warm water before use; then the pork tenderloin should be roasted in a hot frying pan quickly. Sprinkle it with little butter or herb butter. Season to taste. If warmed up before baking, it requires no resting.
Lamb shank with rosemary
Pack: 2 lamb shanks, 60-80 dg
The lamb shank is the juiciest meat of the animal, similar to the knuckle of pork. It has been flavoured with garlic, salt, pepper and rosemary and stewed in its own juice for more than 10 hours. It can be oven fried, or even glazed. If you only want to glaze it, heat it in the bag first, then put it into a frying pan with the juice and reduce the gravy with little butter to get a nice and shiny glaze. The juice in the bags can be collected and larger doses of gravy or soups can be cooked from it..
Pork collar steak
Pack: 18-22 dg portions, in vacuum bags
Pleasantly seasoned, slightly garlicky pork collar steaks. The most perfect way to prepare the pork collar. Still slightly pink inside, but even the greasy – sinewy parts are completely cooked through, while the meat remains juicy and tasty. Prepare it this way: just roast crust on the meat slices in a frying pan and season them to taste. If large quantities should be prepared at a time, it can be cooked in the oven at 250 Celsius degrees for 3-5 minutes.
Roast duck leg confited
Pack: 2 duck legs, 50-60 dg
Already our grandmothers have confited duck, but the procedure had another name. The best way to prepare the leg of poultry is confiting. Since we do it in a vacuum bag, the legs do not dry out, and preserve all the flavour and aroma. It is not flavoured at all, only some salt is used.
Country chicken supreme
Pack: 25-30 dg vacuum bag
The chicken breast is put into the vacuum bag after short marinating, where it is heat-treated gently, with proper sterilization. When used, after thawing, roast the skin in a pan for a few minutes to make it crispy. If you want, you can put it in the hot oven for a few minutes, but make sure that it does not dry out.
Goose leg confited
Pack: 45-55 dg vacuum bag
It is relatively difficult to cook the goose leg ideally, because it gets soft slowly, but dries out relatively easily. Modernizing the old and traditional method of softening in fat, the legs are only seasoned with salt and stewed in fat, so they become soft, but the skin will be fantastic crunchy if baked in the oven at 220 degrees Celsius for 12-15 minutes. The fat and juices in the bag can be used in many ways, the grease should be stored for later use, and the meat juice can be used to make great gravy to the roast.
Pack: 18-22 dg portions, in vacuum bags
The pork belly is the part of the pig which is undeservedly neglected by the domestic restaurants. If the pork belly is properly marinated and slowly cooked under vacuum for a long time, the result will be awesome, crispy meat, which is incredibly soft in the inside. We have flavoured it in Hungarian style, similar to the knuckle of pork. Place the slices under the grill or in a hot oven with their skin-side up. It can be beautifully fried in a pan. If you want quick service, you should put the vacuum bag in warm water before baking/ roasting. You can prepare mustard gravy from the juice in the bag, or it can be added to any soup to enhance the taste.