Cooking With Rational: Watch, Learn and EAT

All day cooking on Rational’s stand at EAT Expo 2014.

Dunston Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, 20th –21st October.

Rational wins the Lean Green Management Award 2014Rational’s SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses is the most advanced combi steamer. The company says it is the first intelligent commercial cooking appliance that actually interacts with chefs, getting to know the way they work so that, together, the chef and their combi can always deliver the best possible cooking results. 

The SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses can roast, poach, bake, toast, braise and pan fry – all at the touch of a button and all with consistent quality. At the EAT Expo, the expert chefs from Rational will put the SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses through its paces cooking tasty food from the moment the doors open on 20th October till they close at the end of the day on the 21st.

The SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses is a truly multifunctional cooking appliance. During the show Rational chefs will demonstrate the variety of menu items the unit can cook – many at the same time ­­– so visitors can experience the Rational taste. A single SelfCookingCenter can replace up to 50% of all conventional cooking appliances such as ovens, hot air units, tilting pans, boilers, steamers or grills.

The Rational chefs have planned their programme carefully so the food being cooked matches the time of day. Expect to taste breakfast items early on, pastries at coffee time, meats, pizza and other lunch-type dishes around the midday slot, followed by cakes and cookies as the afternoon progresses. Visitors to the Rational stand won’t go hungry.

Everything prepared in the SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses is cooked to perfection. Its iCookingControl, a patented dynamic air mixing technology, ensures food is prepared exactly the way the chef wants, by monitoring, controlling and adjusting temperature, time, air speed and the cooking climate – that is, the balance of dry heat and steam. The iCookingControl features a monitor that enables the chef to see exactly what is happening, at any time.  It also tells the chef why any adjustments to the cooking process have been implemented.

When it’s necessary to cook mixed loads Rational’s iLevelControl feature not only shows staff which foods are compatible to be cooked at the same time, but also ensures each is prepared using the chef’s preferred specifications and cooking methods.  It adjusts the time for each shelf according to the amount of food loaded and how often, and for how long, the door is opened during the cooking process.  It even alerts the chef when each shelf is ready, making it easy for chefs to cook different foods simultaneously, saving time, energy and costs.

Because it is multifunctional, a SelfCookingCenter saves space, in fact it can replace 40 to 50% of standard appliances, reducing the kitchen footprint by at least 30%.  Options such as the Ultravent condensation hood, which eliminates unwanted cooking fumes and steam, can do away with the need for extra, expensive extraction systems. The SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses control panel simplifies operating the new combi steamer because it constantly learns and automatically adjusts to the habits of the individual user.

For those considering purchasing a SelfCookingCenter, Rational also offers free CookingLive Seminars. These seminars provide an opportunity for chefs to experience the performance of the SelfCookingCenter, with no obligation to purchase. They are designed to give a taste of the latest combi cooking technology and techniques, with expert chefs on hand to answer any questions on cooking with combination ovens.The latest Rational SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses includes:

  • HiDensityControl uses patented dynamic air mixing technology, which precisely controls the speed of the unit’s fan to channel the heat and humidity to exactly where it is needed. This not only delivers outstanding cooking quality, but also allows chefs to maximise output, since they can load more food into the same size cooking cabinet. It also reduces energy consumption and cuts production time compared to previous models.
  • iLevelControl tells the user which different foods can be cooked together at the same time and intelligently controls the cooking time for each rack. It means that everything is cooked to perfection, every time.
  • iCookingControl regulates the cooking processes – even the most complex of cooking routines can be initiated at the touch of a button, thanks to the simple control system. However, numerous new cooking options allow chefs to adjust the cooking process according to their own recipes.   They always know exactly what’s going on, since they can see the status of the cooking process via the control panel. This means no more time-consuming routine tasks, such as monitoring food, and more time for essentials such as creativity.
  • Efficient CareControl further enhances efficiency by detecting the build up of cooking residues in the SelfCookingCenter and always suggesting the appropriate cleaning level. This saves up to 40% in terms of energy, water and chemicals.