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Rational invented combi-steaming in 1976. Now the company’s new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses 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.

Rational’s SelfCookingCenters are renowned for simplifying the cooking process – delivering perfectly cooked food quickly, efficiently and fully automatically. With a market share of around 60% of the UK combi oven market and being the manufacturer of over half the combi ovens sold worldwide, a Rational is a ‘must have’ piece of kit in any professional kitchen.

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John Campbell’s ‘do everything’ combi steamers

Rational tick the boxes at The Woodspeen

John Campbell at The WoodspeenMichelin star chef John Campbell describes his new venture, The Woodspeen near Newbury, Berkshire, as a customer-focused, community restaurant where the food is simple, accessible and tasty.  “We source local, beautiful ingredients, in their prime, and we don’t do much with them,” he says.  The richly diverse menu ranges from cod loin, cockle and parsley emulsion, cavolo nero and squash to gammon, egg and chips.  But one thing all the food has in common is that it’s cooked in. (more…)

West Suffolk Hospital serves fresh, quality food, fast – with SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses

“Brilliant” Rational combi steamer is a hit with staff and customers

West Suffolk Hospital serves fresh,quality food fast with Rational 5SensesWest Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds prides itself on the quality of its food – nearly all of which is freshly cooked in house.  With three meals a day for the 450 patients, plus feeding the hospital’s staff and visitors, work is demanding for the 14 chefs and 57 catering staff. The main kitchen has Rational combi steamers, which cook most of the food.  (more…)

It’s fast, it’s healthy, it’s easy – it’s Rational

Rational combi ovens help St George’s school scoop healthy eating awards

Rational combi ovens help St George's school scoop healthy eating awardsEstablished in 1888, St George’s School is the only ‘all-through’ girls’ school in Edinburgh, catering for 800 pupils from 2 – 18 years. St George’s prides itself on delivering education and pastoral care expressly designed for girls.

St George’s School is also committed to giving pupils healthy, freshly cooked food – morning, noon and night. It has won two NHS Scotland healthy living awards to prove it. Meals are packed with nutritious ingredients and cooking methods keep fat, salt, additives and sugar to a minimum. (more…)

Check out Rational’s Hospitality

Hospitality 2015, Stand 510, Birmingham NEC. 19-21st January 2015

Rational will be demonstrating the latest SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses at Hospitality 2015Rational will be demonstrating how the latest SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses is designed to save kitchens energy and money on stand 510 at Hospitality 2015. During the show Rational chefs will also demonstrate the variety of menu items the unit can cook – many at the same time ­­– so visitors to the Rational stand won’t go hungry. (more…)

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.  (more…)

Hilton Birmingham Metropole saves 35% in energy with Rational combi steamers

“SelfCookingCenter’s user-friendly technology improves what we do.”

Paul Taylor of the Hilton Birmingham MetropoleCatering for an 800 bedroom hotel, with over 30 function and conference rooms hosting a stream of events for up to 1400 guests, means the 70 chefs at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole must be amongst the busiest in the UK.  Breakfast alone amounts to 168,000 covers a year!  Catering equipment has to be efficient, reliable and able to produce a wide variety of meals.

Recently Executive Chef Paul Taylor replaced some old combi steamers with six of the latest Rational SelfCookingCenters, for the banqueting kitchen.  He was so impressed that when it came to replacing the combination ovens in the lounge area kitchen, he chose SelfCookingCenters again.  (more…)

Rational’s an all-day cooking expert at Procurex 2014

Procurex Scotland Live, Stand B69.

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, 21st October 2014.

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 is a truly multifunctional cooking appliance. It can roast, poach, bake, toast, braise and pan fry – all at the touch of a button and all with consistent quality. 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. (more…)

Cooking With Rational: Watch, Learn and Eat

Rational's new SelfCookingCenter 5 SensesAll day cooking on Rational’s Stand at Exercise Joint Caterer, Swindon, 14th –16th October 2014

Rational’s SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses is the most advanced combi steamer. The company says its SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses 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 Exercise Joint Caterer, the expert chefs from Rational will put the SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses through its paces cooking tasty food from the moment the doors open on 14th October till they close at the end of the day on the 16th(more…)

Rational is Officially a Lean and Green cooking machine

Rational awarded the Lean & Green Management Award 2014Rational wins the Lean Green Management Award 2014

Rational has joined companies such as BMW and Fiat in being awarded the ‘Lean & Green Management Award’ 2014. Rational won the award in the manufacturing industry SME category.

The German award, announced in Landsberg am Lech on 7th August 2014, was given to Rational for its commitment to environmentally friendly manufacturing.The Lean & Green experts commented that Rational had “impressive green successes in energy, water, waste and sewage consumption figures”, throughout the manufacturing process.

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All day cooking on Rational’s Stand at FSO Catering Exhibition.

Ethiad Stadium, Manchester. 14th October 2014.

Rational's new SelfCookingCenter 5 SensesRational’s SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses is the most advanced combi steamer. The company says its SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses 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 FSO Catering Exhibition, the expert chefs from Rational will put the SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses through its paces. 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. (more…)