Cook Quench Chill ‘Adapt’ System


The Cook Quench Chill ‘Adapt’ System (or CQC Adapt) brings a versatile modular design to manufacturers with optimized performance features.

For more than 30 years, DC Norris has manufactured cook quench chill machines that are currently installed in food production facilities around the globe. Launched in 2021, the Cook Quench Chill ‘Adapt’ System features advanced high-speed cooking technology in a modular design.

The CQC Adapt gives food manufacturers remarkable flexibility. Its modular construction allows the CQC Adapt to be installed over a high care/low-risk barrier, or as a single unit that can be expanded at any time to give a larger capacity and throughput. The CQC Adapt System modules attach together easily, simplifying installation prior to connecting to services.

CQC ‘Adapt’ Benefits:

  • Patented Jet Heat direct steam heat system gives optimum performance with faster heat-up and cooking times
  • Save water and energy with five water level options according to product and batch size
  • The water holding tank has a separate weir to allow the starch to be run off during cooking, meaning less frequent water changes
  • Safe to operate with fully interlocked guarding
  • Product quality assured with Wave Agitation System
  • Easy to clean with no external switches or wires. CIP system for internal pipework and heat exchangers. Water gun provided for manually washing baskets
a look at the DC Norris cook quench chill adapt system from above
DC Norris Cook Quench Chill Adapt System rendering from arial view
close up of the cook quench chill adapt system baskets

Cook Quench Chill ‘Adapt’ System Features


The CQC Adapt is designed to give maximum water savings with smaller tank capacities and variable water levels to suit different batch sizes.

A Starch Removal System means the same water can be re-used for a new batch.   Internal heat exchangers continuously chill and control the Quench and Chill water temperature, saving more water as it recirculates through the stainless steel heat exchangers. The heat exchangers are cleaned as part of the in-place cleaning regime, backflushing is also available.


A DC Norris-designed hydraulic tipper makes loading of the product easier and quicker, tipping directly from the floor.


The CQC Adapt has a stainless steel trough vibrating conveyor which drains water from the product before discharging into a standard tote bin or product trays.


DC Norris’s industry-standard Recipe Manager Software controls the entire Cook Quench Chill ‘Adapt’ system. Each product has its own unique cooking parameters written in to give precise repeatable times and temperatures.  These are then recorded for full traceability.

Continuous Cooking & Blanching

Products such as pasta, rice, potatoes, and vegetables are cooked or blanched continuously at faster speeds due to the addition of two patented Jet Heat direct steam heat systems. Product quality is assured with The variable Wave Agitation System, which produces a damage-free product and prevents product clumping.