Chef Kent Rathbun Named as Chef Ambassador with Lane & McClain Distributors

, a commercial restaurant equipment distributor
serving Texas and Oklahoma, announced that noted celebrity chef Kent
Rathbun has signed on as the Chef Ambassador for its line of Lainox
combination ovens
and Taylor
batch ice cream freezers

A prolific restaurateur, Chef Rathbun recently opened Imoto,
an upscale Asian restaurant in Victory Park where he installed a Lainox
Compact Oven and a Taylor Batch Freezer.

“As restaurateurs, we must balance quality and creativity with a
business mindset on operations and profit,” said Chef Rathbun. “The
Lainox combination oven is a perfect solution for Imoto. With it I’m
able to offer a broader range of cooking styles and concurrent entrée
cooking while reducing my kitchen footprint and power needs with one
device. And adding the Taylor small-batch freezer has allowed us to
share seasonal flavors and increase the percentage of our patrons
selecting a light, sweet ending to their meals.”

In his role as ambassador, Chef Rathbun will host seasonal chef-driven
events at his restaurant and the Lane McClain test kitchen; debut
original recipes with online demonstrations; and provide tips during the
year on how restaurateurs can capitalize on trends, reduce operating
costs and increase revenue using combination ovens and batch freezers in
the kitchen. Chefs and restaurant owners interested in being notified of
the events or wishing to secure a personal demonstration of the devices
may contact Adrian Tenorio at 214-748-7669.

“Chef Rathbun’s name is synonymous with quality and innovation. We are
thrilled that he decided to partner with Lane McClain and our Lainox
and Taylor brands. We’re eager to see – and taste – his original recipes
using the equipment,” noted Alan Rubin, president of Lane McClain
Distributors. “An added bonus for our industry customers is the insights
he’ll share on the business side, having worked in and launched
restaurants for more than 40 years.”

high-technology combination ovens provide chefs with a single piece of
equipment that performs as the “Swiss Army knife” of a kitchen. The
Italian-brand combination ovens allow:

  • Versatility with 3-in-1 cooking with steam, convection or combination
  • Accuracy to execute and monitor the selected recipe instantly for
    perfect cooking;
  • Flexibility to cook various dishes with different cooking times
    simultaneously and with the ability to control and monitor the oven
    remotely via cloud-based technology;
  • Savings to reduce equipment, square footage and energy needs in the
    kitchen and to reduce food costs with less shrinkage and waste due to
    overcooking; and
  • Inspiration with access to a chef’s library of recipes from around the

Renowned for its soft-serve, frozen cocktail machines, and their
clam-shell two-sided cooking grill, the Taylor brand offers a full array
of kitchen and beverage equipment. For a sweet ending to a meal and a
profit center for a restaurant, the Taylor
brand commercial ice cream and custard batch freezers offer flexibility
to introduce gourmet frozen desserts that average profit margins of 70%
or greater.

About Lane McClain

Founded in 1946, Lane McClain is a commercial kitchen equipment
distributor that provides kitchen equipment sales, leasing, parts for
commercial clients, and fully stocked service vehicles and
factory-trained technicians. Lane McClain also distributes Flavor
Burst, Zummo Juicers and Rancilio Egro Espresso Machines. To learn more,
follow @LaneAndMcClain
on Twitter or LinkedIn,
or call 214-748-7669.