School CookingLive!

Rational offers combi steamer demonstrations for school caterers

The need to reduce running costs combined and the demand for healthier, better tasting menus have led many schools to consider investing in combi steamers. Their energy efficiency and ability to reduce shrinkage, so that schools get more portions per kilo of raw food, can make a real difference to the budget.

Now Rational, the market leader in combi steamers, has launched a series of demonstrations to show school caterers how the latest ‘combi-technology’ works. Combi cooking combines the benefits steam and hot air cooking, speeding up cooking times and intensifying the flavour of the food, giving it an appetising colour and texture. At the same time, the process maintains the food’s natural vitamin, mineral and nutritional values.

At a Rational CookingLive the emphasis is on cooking, so caterers can see and taste the results, as well as getting hands-on experience of using Rational’s award-winning SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency combi steamer for themselves.

Tracy Hindry, school chef at Aldborough Primary School in Norfolk, went to a Rational CookingLive demonstration at Carrow Road, home of Norwich City Football Club. “I was astonished by how much the Rational combi steamer can do,” she says. “After the event we installed one and now we hardly ever use anything else for cooking.”    

This multifunctional aspect of the SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency® is another feature highlighted at the Rational demonstrations. It’s especially useful in schools where space is limited, since one combi steamer can be used for a whole range of cooking processes, including roasting, baking, steaming, pan frying and so on. It can even be used to prepare frozen chips, without adding fat or oil and with no loss of taste. The chips have 80 per cent less fat and 36 per cent fewer calories than those cooked using conventional preparation methods. The unit is fast too, with the largest model able to prepare 200 portions in just 20 minutes.

Rational is running CookingLive demonstrations at over 100 venues around the UK. Those involved in school catering can book free tickets by calling Rational UK on 0800 389 2944 or visiting

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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.