Sushi Machines Australia has supplied commercial sushi production advice to Sushi Whitsunday, a chain of two sushi restaurants in the Whitsundays, owned and operated by husband and wife team Brett and Heidi Wards.
With 39 years experience in the food industry between them, Brett and Heidi have won many awards and are renowned for their catering throughout Australia. Brett, a professional executive chef, has been making sushi manually for his catering business for years, however in order to be successful as a high volume sushi retailer, it was necessary to purchase a commercial sushi machine.
They decided to purchase the Autec sushi machine ASM 835 to speed up their sushi production, with Brett stating that it was not possible to make 300 whole rolls a day manually. In the first day of use at the Centro Whitsunday restaurant the new sushi machine allowed sales to hit 400 sushi rolls.
With this success and the recent opening of their new Airlie Beach Sushi Whitsunday restaurant, Brett and Heidi Ward are contemplating the purchase of another sushi machine to cope with the high demand.
During a four day customer visit to Sushi Whitsunday restaurants, Melvin Wee of Sushi Machines Australia helped Brett and Heidi to study their sushi production work flow in order to find ways of increasing efficiency and profitability by reducing labour and production costs.
Melvin was shocked at the money being spent on sushi ingredients at Sushi Whitsunday, with some basic ingredients costing up to 50% higher than the average wholesale price. He quickly recommended the names of two wholesale Japanese ingredient suppliers in Brisbane or Melbourne.
Melvin from Sushi Machines also helped to improve the quality of Sushi Whitsunday's sushi rice by solving the problem of partially uncooked sushi rice. This solution also helps to further reduce product costs as rice is a key ingredient in good sushi.
With stylish culinary imagination and some interesting new sushi creations, such as tandoori chicken with mango chutney and Peking Duck with shitake mushrooms there is no stopping Sushi Whitsunday, and Sushi Machines looks forward to seeing more stores been opened in 2011.