Rational invented combi-steaming in 1976. Now the company’s new SelfCookingCenter® is the world’s first commercial oven that takes over the whole cooking process, allowing the chef to get on with more important things, like creativity, presentation and quality control.
The chef simply tells the oven what the food is – the SelfCookingCenter® does the rest. The oven will cook the food exactly how chef wants it, even with ‘low temperature’ cooking overnight.
And it cooks up to 15% faster than conventional combi-steamers, saving time and money.
UK’s leading combi steamer brand celebrates 40th anniversary by giving away latest model
The company that invented combi steaming, Rational, is 40 years old in 2013. Now Rational is celebrating the anniversary by giving UK caterers the chance to win the world’s most popular combi steamer – the Rational SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency®. The prize, a six-grid model, is worth over £8,000.
The competition is a simple free prize draw. To enter, all caterers have to do is book and attend a Rational CookingLive demonstration between June 1 and November 30, 2013. The demonstrations take place every month at over 90 venues across the UK, last about two hours and are free to attend.
Maguire’s Chip Shop expands menu to include special dietary options with new Rational SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency®
Maguire’s Chip Shop in Rowlands Gill, Newcastle is a family-run business. John Maguire and his wife Carole opened the shop in 1989 and it has been serving takeaway fish and chips ever since. John and Carole have now been joined by their daughter, Karen and son-in-law Michael Sutherland, to take the business forward.
Following frequent enquiries from customers for gluten-free fish and chips Maguire’s decided to look into other ways to cook their classic recipes. A critical issue was what new equipment would need to be purchased. In November 2012 Michael, who manages the shop, attended a Rational CookingLive event at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United FC. (more…)
Rational’s SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency keeps hospital cafes stocked up all day long
Coffee shops and cafes in hospitals are often open long hours, from early morning breakfasts to late night suppers. A vast range of dishes need to be available throughout the day as visitors and patients pop in and out depending on their schedules.
Rational’s new SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency is equally at home cooking eggs and bacon for breakfast, muffins and pastries for mid-morning coffee, as well as more substantial main meals for later in the day, to keep the cafe well-stocked at all times. There’s no need for late night service to compromise on quality. (more…)
Rational supports Beyond Food Foundation’s work with the homeless
Opening late 2011, Brigade in Tooley Street is a highly successful bar, bistro and cook school. It’s also the trading arm of an inspiring initiative to help homeless and vulnerable people. Chef Simon Boyle founded the Beyond Food Foundation with the aim to use his team’s passion for food to inspire and enthuse young people who have dropped out of society. At Brigade, these young adults get the chance to be apprentice chefs, working towards real jobs. (more…)
Rational says its SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency® combi steamer is the ideal cooking appliance for care home caterers. Compared to conventional equipment it produces more nutritious food, cuts running costs and, because it is multifunctional, saves space – it can replace 40 to 50% of standard appliances, reducing the kitchen footprint by at least 30%. One Rational combi can cook just about everything, from a complete Sunday roast to Friday’s fish and chips – it can even do a full breakfast in just six minutes, including fried eggs (or poached, or scrambled), bacon, toast, tomatoes, sausages, black pudding, fried bread, hash browns and mushrooms. (more…)
The Rational SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency® shows its coffee shop credentials
Stand J6, Caffè Culture Show, 15-16 May 2013, Olympia, London.
What’s the best sort of cooking equipment for the coffee shop sector? Limited space means it has to be multifunctional, but customer expectations mean it has to be able to produce quality results, despite staff often having limited cooking skills. At Caffè Culture 2013 Rational will demonstrate how the SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency can provide the ideal solution. (more…)
Rational has joined companies such as Volkswagen, BMW and Henkle in being named ‘Best Innovator’. The German award, which is judged by experts from industry and government, was announced in Berlin on 7th February 2013.
The innovative Rational process was declared overall winner by a jury of experts consisting of the international business consultants A.T. Kearney, research organisation Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the German Ministry of Economics and the WirtschaftsWoche, a German weekly business news magazine. (more…)
Rational’s SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency: the easy way to cook barbeque-type food
Barbequed food is the taste of summer but unfortunately badly barbequed food can become the scourge of summer. Food that isn’t thoroughly cooked runs the risk of containing harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Also barbeques take up all the attention of the chef – if food isn’t turned on time it can be ruined. The unpredictability of the British weather is another factor that can spoil an outdoor barbeque.
The new Rational SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency can grill steaks, spare ribs, burgers, vegetables or seafood absolutely perfectly, with no need to monitor, and all in the shelter of the kitchen where the weather can’t interfere. If required, part cooked food can be transferred to an outdoor barbeque to finish off. (more…)
Latest SelfCookingCenter is ideal for hospitals, says market leader
Hospital Caterers Association National Conference and Exhibition, Celtic Manor, 11-12 April 2013
Rational will show HCA Conference visitors why its SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency is the ideal combi steamer for hospitals. “Meeting patient expectations, in terms of food quality, is high on everyone’s priority list,” says Lee Norton, managing director of Rational UK. “Our latest model includes new features designed to make this easier to achieve.” (more…)
New transport system takes Rational SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency® out and about
Once chefs start using a Rational SelfCookingCenter they find that they can’t manage without it, because it cooks everything perfectly. So event caterers who want to produce hot food on site are always looking for an easy way to transport their Rational to and from functions.
The solution lies in a new transport system developed by Rational to enable event caterers to move a table-top SelfCookingCenter between locations, effortlessly and safely. The new Catering Kit fits all SelfCookingCenter and CombiMaster six and ten grid models manufactured since 2004, the largest of which, the 102, takes 10 x 2/1GN containers. (more…)