Latest Rational gets all 5 senses stimulated at Lunch! 2014

Stand M115. 23rd-24th September. Business Design Centre, London.

Rational will be putting the new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses through its paces on Stand M115 at Lunch! 2014. Expert Rational chefs will show visitors how the new SelfCookingCenter combi steamer can cook everything from pizza to pasta, from burgers to chips and wedges and even an all-day full English breakfast – all at the touch of a button, and all with perfect results. Also, visitors will get a chance to taste everything that is cooked to experience the superior cooking quality of the Rational.

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.

At the heart of the new combi is the interactive cooking control (iCookingControl) technology. This 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.

The Rational is brilliant for cooking mixed loads, thanks to the new 5 Senses’ iLevelControl. This not only shows kitchen staff which foods can be cooked at the same time, adjusting the time for each shelf according to the amount of food loaded and factors such as how long the door is opened during the cooking process, but also ensures each is prepared using the chef’s preferred specifications and cooking methods. Visitors to the stand will be able to see how the iLevelControl can cook the different components of a full English breakfast, all at the same time.

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%, making it ideal for smaller venues such as cafes. 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, making it possible to site the combi steamer front of house.

At the end of the day, the SelfCookingCenter automatically cleans itself. The SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses features an upgraded cleaning system, called Efficient CareControl. It uses reformulated cleaning tablets that last 50% longer than previous versions, reducing costs and minimising environmental impact. 

The SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses is available in six different sizes, from the six-grid 1/1GN table top model to the 20-grid 2/1GN floor standing unit, which holds up to 40 gastronorm pans.  Rational’s HiDensityControl uses dynamic fan technology to ensure that, even with the biggest units, heat and humidity are constant throughout the cabinet, delivering absolutely consistent results.

For information and brochures, or to arrange to come to a free SelfCookingCenter® 5 Senses ‘Rational CookingLive’ seminar, contact your dealer, freephone Rational UK on 0800 389 2944 or see Visit the iPhone app store for the Rational SCC Expert App.      

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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.


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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.