TurboChef inventor back to shake up oven market

The inventor of the original TurboChef oven is bidding to change the face of the catering equipment industry once again with the launch of a compact oven that he claims represents the “next revolution” in commercial cooking.

Phil McKee, who is credited with helping to create the class of products now referred to as accelerated cooking technology, is launching the Matchbox oven, which is built around a radical change in product handling and oven management.

It purports to enable a level of cooking performance, throughput, menu diversity and ease-of-use that has never before been seen from a single device.

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The Matchbox, which has been developed by McKee’s company Ovention, features two cooking surfaces that broil, bake, grill or toast with speed and precision.

The dual cooking surfaces and state-of-the-art temperature controls make the oven suitable for use across a variety of cooking applications and kitchen environments.

“This cooking platform delivers benefits that operators can’t get from any other cooking device,” declares McKee. “When I founded Ovention, we had one goal in mind: to bring world class innovation to commercial operators to help them dramatically grow their businesses. To meet that goal, you have to be willing to break through pre-conceived technology limitations if you are to create new solutions to the old problems that have doggedly hampered operator growth. The Matchbox does that in spades.”

Key features of the oven include the ability to change temperatures by up to 100 degrees in a matter of seconds and self-loading, one-touch controls.

The Matchbox also contains a closed cooking system that means no hood is required and units can be stacked on top of one another.

The Matchbox is being contract manufactured by Hatco and will be launched in the US market this week.

Ovention’s plans for the UK market have not yet been disclosed.

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