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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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Rational combi steamers stand out at Le Gavroche

Michel Roux Jr is impressed by efficiency and versatility of iconic restaurant’s first SelfCookingCenters

Michel Roux Jr Le GavrocheLe Gavroche is one of the world’s iconic restaurants.  The kitchen has just been completely refurbished and now includes two pieces of equipment that owner Michel Roux Jr had not had installed before: a pair of Rational SelfCookingCenter combi steamers.  “Rationals were the kind of ovens I’ve always wanted in my kitchens,” he says. “Having worked with them for a couple of weeks it’s become apparent what we were missing.”  (more…)

Free upgrade – it makes 5 Senses

Rational offers whitefficiency owners a free upgrade to enjoy 5 Senses technology

Rational offers whitefficiency owners a free 5 Senses upgradeRational’s new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses is taking the market by storm because it prepares food exactly the way chefs want it, when they want it and even learns how they like it cooked. In line with its policy of unrivalled customer care, Rational is now offering a free software upgrade to all those who have purchased a SelfCookingCentre whitefficiency. It means their whitefficiency model can have all the clever functions of the new 5 Senses.

Lee Norton, managing director of Rational UK, says, “Here at Rational, we’re so excited about the new 5 Senses technology that we wanted to make sure that our whitefficiency customers didn’t miss out. By offering the free upgrade we are underlining our total commitment to customer care and satisfaction.” (more…)

From school meals to cookery club, Rational combi-steamer takes the biscuit

Rational’s SelfCookingCenter speeds up catering at Aldborough village primary school, Norfolk

Aldborough SchoolSchool meals are never far from the headlines. Often the focus is on nutritional values, but currently the proposed introduction of free school meals for all children from reception to Year 2 is causing schools to question their catering arrangements. Aldborough Primary School in Norfolk is a typical village school with a role of around 140. The kitchen not only caters for pupils at Aldborough but acts as a hub for two other primary schools, Colby and Erpingham situated nearby. Altogether the Aldborough kitchen produces between 100 and 150 cooked lunches per day. Recently, to cope with demand and ease working practices in the kitchen, Aldborough has installed a ten-grid Rational SelfCookingCenter combi-steamer. “It’s brilliant,” says Tracy Hindry, cook at the school. “We cook everything in it now, we don’t use any other cooker. I can’t imagine how we managed before.” (more…)

Smoked and Nicely-Spiced

The now- not-so-secret spice rub – the perfect complement to your Rational VarioSmoker

Smoked and nicely spicedRational´s new VarioSmoker allows chefs to smoke meat, fish and vegetables in the SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses, achieving a natural smoked flavour without having to buy a separate smoker oven.

Now, one of Rational’s chefs, located in Texas, has leaked a secret spice rub recipe designed to give smoked brisket, ribs or pulled pork that extra wow factor. The spice rub can also be used on other meat or on fish, poultry or vegetables.

Using the VarioSmoker is simple: all chefs have to do is fill its pan with wood chips or pellets, pop it on the upper shelf of the SelfCookingCenter and plug in the cable. Once it begins to smoke, load the spice-rubbed-produce, select the desired cooking process or programme and the combi does the rest. (more…)

Rational’s new combi steamers go to school

Schools can be certain of getting their new Rational SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses by September

Rational's new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses go to schoolsThe clamour to upgrade school kitchens to cope with the expected increase in school meal take up in September is picking up momentum. Dealers and manufacturers are experiencing an increase in enquiries and some sources are predicting a shortage of supply.

However Rational, who has just launched its new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses combi steamer, wants to reassure schools and dealers that there will be no problem in fulfilling orders.

“We already anticipated a higher demand with the launch of the SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses,” says Lee Norton, managing director of Rational UK. “So we are well prepared to meet all school and Local Authority orders and have the units installed and up and running for the new autumn term.”

The 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. The latest combi steamer technology is ideal for school catering – producing healthier foods at lower running costs. It’s also incredibly easy to use. (more…)

TUCO 2014: Rational’s new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses: a hot choice for university catering

TUCO conference and exhibition, University of Liverpool, 21st-23rd July 2014Rational's new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses

At TUCO’s 2014 conference visitors will get the chance to get hands-on with the latest combi steamer technology, with the debut of Rational’s new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses.

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Get hands-on with the latest Rational combi steamer at the LACA Main Event

The Main Event, LACA conference and exhibition, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, 9th-11th July 2014

Rational's new SelfCookingCenter 5 SensesAt 2014’s LACA Main Event visitors can get hands-on experience with the new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses 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.

Rational’s SelfCookingCenters are the market leading combi steamer and the cooking appliance of choice for most caterers in education. It saves time, energy and money whilst cooking food perfectly, every time. (more…)

1-2-3-4-5: Rational’s new combi steamer makes perfect sense

Rational launches new combi steamerNew SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses interacts with chefs to produce great cooking results

Rational has launched a new 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.

As you’d expect from the name, the new combi’s ‘intelligence’ is built around five ‘senses’.  (more…)

Rational Shows Latest SelfCookingCenter Combi Technology at The Royal Norfolk Show

Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 25th & 26th June 2014

Rational Energy StarAt The Royal Norfolk Show 2014 visitors can get hands-on experience with the latest SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency combi steamer.

Rational’s new SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency is a “quantum leap forward” in terms of efficiency, output and cooking quality.  It also saves time, energy and money and cooks food perfectly, every time.

The Rational SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency combi steamer can cook everything from pies to paninis, from jacket potatoes to muffins and from bread to pizza –all at the touch of a button, and all with perfect results. (more…)

Italian restaurant’s combi steamer is ‘a fantastic cooking machine’

La Riviera’s traditional Italian cuisine, cooked perfectly in hi-tech Rational SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency®Franco Costantini with his Rational combi steamer at la Riviera

La Riviera has been one of Glasgow’s favourite Italian restaurants since 1992.  It’s well known for the quality of its food and service, all in the traditional Italian way.  But now owner Franco Costantini has welcomed a very modern cooking appliance into his kitchen – a high tech SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency combi steamer from Rational.

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