Need a way to present food in a self-service or buffet style dining hall? We have a vast selection of chafing dishes to showcase your food in a professional and elegant manner. What Is A Chafing Dish? The name chafer originates from the French word chauffer which means “to make warm”. These dishes are often used in buffet style restaurants or banquets where food needs to be kept warm for a long period of time. You can present a wide range of foods in a chafing dish, including but not limited to curries, soups, meats, and vegetables. The Difference Between A Chafing Dish And A Bain Marie Whilst both are similar in design and both can be used to keep food warm, bains marie can also be used for cooking. Different Types Of Chafer Similar to different styles and shapes of dish, there is a wide variety of different types of chafer. This means that, depending on the menu you are serving, you may be better served by a different style of chafer. Rectangle One of the most recognisable styles of chafer is the rectangular dish shape. This style is often used for main entrees, providing a large amount of space for the dish to be stored in, and allowing easy access for ease of serving. Square Whilst the rectangle is more common, the square is sometimes used for appetisers and side dishes. The shared quadrilateral shape of the rectangle and square mean they can work well together side by side. For example, you could have the main dish in the rectangle chafer, with a choice of either boiled rice or fried rice in two separate square dishes. Soup Also known as marmite chafers, this style of container is usually used to hold soup or other liquid based dishes such as a stew, or in the case of breakfast dishes a hot/warm cereal. Round This style is very popular and often used for sauces and side dishes, or a small food item such as an appetiser. Oval These chafers provide a stylish and contemporary look, creating a very elegant appearance. As such, it’s the ideal choice if you want a chafer to make a particular menu item stand out. Different Types Of Lid Just like there are different types of chafer, there are also different types of lids, so depending on the food served inside the container; different lids may be more affective. For example, some lifts are better for presentation when dishes are being served to guests, whereas others are better used at self-service events. Roll Top Cover Covers which roll are ideal for buffets and self-service events as the cover can be rolled back and forwards to enable guests to easily open the cover and serve themselves. Lift Off Cover This is a very versatile style of cover and allows the lid to be removed completely. However, as the cover is removed completely, they are ideally best utilised by service staff when are serving guests. Hinged Cover Another great option for self-service and buffet events, however unlike roll tops, this style of cover shares many similarities with the lift off style, without the hassle; making it an ideal choice for events where you want the style of square or rectangle dishes, but don’t want the noise and difficulty associated with lift offs. What About Glass Top Covers? Glass top covers are great for buffets and self-service events because the glass top enables guests to see what is inside the chafer without opening the lid, thus reducing the amount of heat lost as people navigate through the different dishes available. Should You Choose Fuel Or Electric? In general there are two choices with regards to how you keep the food inside the chafer warm. Firstly you could choose a fuel powered chafer with a fuel source such as gel or wick fuel. Alternatively, you could opt for an electric chafer which uses electricity to keep the food warm. There are advantages and disadvantages of both electric and fuel chafers, so neither is better than the other. For example, the electric design can be used for indoor events when you’re concerned about having flames indoors; however they also require access to electrical outlets, which requires careful planning to avoid cord hazards. Why Should You Choose Concept Cuisine? Chafing dishes are an elegant way to serve food, however with numerous culinary businesses to choose from, why should you purchase your chafers from Concept Cuisine? If you choose to purchase your products from us, in addition to choosing from an extensive range of catering supplies, you can also enjoy free UK delivery when you spend £75. Also, you can enjoy peace of mind with your purchase thanks to our 30 day no-quibble guarantee. To Make An Enquiry, Please Contact Our Friendly Team When equipping your business with professional catering equipment and supplies, it’s important that you choose high quality products that you can rely on to perform at the highest level. So when searching for chafing dishes for your business, choose Concept Cuisine. If you have any questions or if you would like to make an enquiry? You can get in touch with a member of our team by giving us a call on 02087955712. Additionally, those who would prefer to get in touch with our staff via the internet, please send any questions you have to us by email. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.