Gerry Oakley of Quality Catering Maintenance (QCM) Equipment has brought his brand of innovation to the catering industry for over 30 years, the second of three generations to do so. Following in his father Ron’s footsteps – a career chef and HCIMA Fellow, Gerry is now assisted by his son Max, who is QCM’s project administrator.
Gerry has worked with respected distributors across the UK, initially as sales director of Ken Wheeler Catering, then at Carford before a spell of 10 years as a director of Airedale Group. He has worked in every market sector for clients as diverse as O2, Center Parcs, SSP Air, De Vere Hotels and winning a CEDA Grand Prix Award for Cumberland Lodge in Windsor.
In October 2011, Gerry joined forces with former colleague Dave Salmon, and QCM Equipment was born. Their concept, against the prevailing trend of internet businesses, was to develop a traditional regional distributor offering design, installation and after-sales in the Bristol and Bath area. Working closely with market leading manufacturers like Rational, Foster and Hobart has rapidly made QCM into a respected and capable outfit with steady sales growth and high levels of repeat business and recommendations.
The last 12 months have seen several notable milestones for QCM – celebrating 5 years of trading as well as completing high profile kitchen projects for Michelin starred chefs Josh Eggleton of The Pony & Trap and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias of Casamia. Both jobs involving creative design work and equipment innovation with bespoke induction suites, solid fuel cooking and high specification fabrication.
Gerry is well known and respected by clients, colleagues and equipment manufacturers alike for his expertise, integrity and exacting standards.
“Gerry is well known and respected by clients, colleagues and equipment manufacturers alike for his expertise, integrity and exacting standards”