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Published on June 8th, 2021 | by The GC Team

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Brandt Design, Gaggenau and THEWALL collaborate on Cyrus Todiwala Academy

Kitchen and interior design studio Brandt Design has collaborated with premium appliance brand Gaggenau and THEWALL, supplied by Kitchen Alchemy, to create a new cooking academy above chef Cyrus Todiwala’s Cafe Spice Namasté restaurant which is scheduled to open this month.

Mr Todiwala’s Cooking Academy from Chef Cyrus Rustom Todiwala OBE is a new incarnation of Café Spice Namaste at Royal Albert Wharf. The Academy is on the first floor above the main restaurant and has been designed for amateur and professional chefs “who seek tutelage from some of the best talents in the industry, including Michelin-starred chef-restaurateurs and executive chefs.”

Brandt Design was approached by Chef Todiwala’s project team last year and commissioned for this particular project “in the interest of creating a dynamic, hardworking kitchen space that is built for learning.” The 385-sq ft cooking academy features a custom arrangement of contemporary Hacker Classic matt lacquer finish furniture in Comet Putty Concrete Pearl Grey and Laser Brilliant Soft White from Brandt Design’s Urban Collection, along with a premium range of appliances by Gaggenau and THEWALL – a furniture system supplied by Kitchen Alchemy, which behaves like an appliance by introducing light, power and storage to bare walls.

The premium range of appliances by Gaggenau includes a suite of cooking equipment with a large oven, two warming drawers, a slimline hob, induction hob, combi steam oven, combi microwave and four Mini hobs on moveable islands.

Scott Davis, Director at Brandt Design, says: “We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to work alongside renowned celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala, by designing and installing a unique purpose-built culinary space for anyone that wants to learn how to cook contemporary Indian cuisine from a true professional.”

Julia Steadman, Brandt Design Commercial Director, added: “We were delighted to develop an eye-catching industrial-style professional kitchen for one of the UK’s most loved chefs and champions of new talent. By specifying an anti-fingerprint lacquer and easy-clean bespoke quartz surfaces from the Brandt Collection, we have ensured a robust and resilient hygienic working and teaching environment.”

THEWALL, explains Steadman, is “a unique new design concept which brings freedom and flexibility to the Academy’s kitchens. Conceived in Switzerland and now manufactured in Germany, THEWALL allows end-users to move, slide, flip, remove and replace lights and all accessories as many times as they wish; turning down-lights into up-lights, or moving light-shelves very, very easily. The ‘science’ within THEWALL is the patented powered rail. Although barely visible in the final product… it can hold a significant weight, up to 20kg, as well as powering multiple accessories – ideal in a busy working space which needs to be highly adaptable. “

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