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Rational iCombi Pro – ‘the new standard for the professional kitchen’

26th May 2020 - 10:48
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While the challenges in catering are diverse, the answer from Rational is simple: Intelligence. Thanks to four ‘intelligent functions’, the company has created its new iCombi Pro combi-steamer.

It says the iCombi Pro combines 50% higher productivity, 10% shorter cooking time and 10% lower energy consumption in a single cooking system compared to the predecessor model, while still guaranteeing outstanding uniformity, even at full loads.

Time and energy-optimised cooking as well as intervention in the cooking path provides more flexibility in the kitchen. The ultra-fast interim clean - just 12 minutes - reduces downtimes to a minimum.

“In these difficult times many catering establishments are required to operate differently, with more flexibility, more efficiency, more productivity and with more innovation than ever before, controlling and reducing costs, whilst still providing high quality food, says Simon Lohse, managing director, Rational UK.

“Chefs therefore require flexible, simple and efficient support from intelligent functions. Like the iCookingSuite, the cooking intelligence in the iCombi Pro is based on the Maillard reaction, the chemical formula for the browning reaction in food, which Rational has decrypted and translated into a software algorithm.

“Together with sensors, which send actual data such as size, quantity and condition of the food product from the cooking cabinet, the iCombi Pro regulates the entire cooking path precisely and always with reproducible results.

“If conditions such as the temperature of the food product or the duration of the door opening change, the iCookingSuite will intelligently adjust the cooking path. Whatever is being cooked, and however much is being cooked, it will always be cooked as quickly as possible and in high quality.”

He said that additional fan wheels, optimised cooking cabinet geometry and higher dehumidification performance enabled up to 50% bigger loads and shorter cooking times compared to the previous model.

It also features iDensityControl, intelligent climate regulation that makes sure that it all works smoothly. Crusts, grill patterns and crispy coatings are guaranteed and the optimal cooking climate management means even delicate foods such as quiche will be a success.

It also features the iProductionManager, to regulate entire production sequences, even with different foods. The user states whether they want to cook using the time or energy optimising system, or to a certain target time, and the iCombi Pro will take care of everything else.

It knows what can be cooked together and will show when a food product does not suite the cooking cabinet climate. This means more flexibility and planning reliability.

The intelligent iCareSystem the cleaning system, which only needs 12 minutes for an ultra-fast interim clean, also contributes to this. All cleaning programmes only use phosphate-free cleaner tabs in half the quantity compared to the previous model. Together with the lower electricity consumption, which is confirmed by Energy Star, the iCombi Pro is a highly sustainable cooking system.

The iCombi Pro is available in various sizes, from the compact XS to the 20-2/1.


Written by
David Foad