Welbilt brand Convotherm has launched a new generation of Convotherm mini combi steamers.
The latest models of its compact combis feature two newly designed user interfaces – easyTouch and Standard – both surrounded by a new black control panel and a metallic body. The new design also showcases a much larger observation window, making it easier for operators to check on the food cooking within the unit without having to open the oven door.
Said to provide a flexible cooking solution from a unit with a width of 51.5cm, the latest models should be able to fit in any kitchen space or even on a countertop front of house. The new Convotherm mini is able to roast, grill, steam, fry, bake and regenerate.
Thanks to its large cooking chamber, the minis are also fully compatible with gastronorm trays, allowing operators to use existing cookware within the compact unit. For those requiring multiple mini units, the appliances now offer a stacking feature so caterers can expand their cooking facilities without the need for additional counter or floor space.
The new Convotherm mini allows operators to choose from two different user interfaces – the Standard model which is fitted with a manual control panel utilising clear buttons and a tilt selector switch – or the easyTouch option. The Standard model provides a selection of manual cooking functions, for those looking to be more creative within the kitchen, or for chefs with a higher skill set.
The easyTouch user interface consists of an intuitive colour touch screen for both manual and automatic cooking modes. Utilising the Press&Go function, the unit will begin cooking the pre-loaded cooking profiles and for those wanting to keep their menus up to date and on trend, operators can create and upload their own cooking profiles using the USB port on the control panel. The cooking profiles can contain steps on each cooking process that aid the operator and reduce error during busy service periods. It should also ensure that quality, consistent products are achieved.
In addition, the easyStart function is designed to simplify use and offers baking and cooking for six food categories. The cooking profiles provide operators with suggestions for mixed loads and thus efficient utilisation.
The ConvoClean fully automatic cleaning process includes optional cleaning settings such as the new Express Cleaning function which takes only 10 minutes, which should ensure equipment downtime is kept to a minimum. Operators can select the cleaning function required and the process will start.
Staff contact with cleaning chemicals is removed due to the new design whereby the detergent container is connected directly to the base of the combi steamer before ‘disappearing’ into the unit and dispensed automatically once a cleaning process is started.