Rational’s new iCombi Pro and iVario Pro have both won gongs in the prestigious German Design Awards 2021, in the ‘Excellent Product Design – Kitchen’ category.
The international jury said it was impressed by the well thought-out design of both cooking systems.
When designing the two new appliances, the Rational team set itself the ambitious task of providing the maximum in terms of productivity, flexibility and safety in professional kitchens.
Together, the iCombi Pro and iVario Pro are designed to cover over 95% of all conventional cooking applications. Their cooking processes should complement each other: while the iCombi Pro combi-steamer is mainly responsible for roasting, baking, grilling and steaming, the iVario Pro is mainly used for preparing soups, sauces, pasta and rice.
The two new cooking systems are the result of the combination of both customer and scientific research plus Rational’s engineering skills. As a result, the iCombi Pro is said to offer up to 50% higher productivity and up to 10% faster cooking times, compared to its predecessor.
However, Rational is also pleased that the external appearance of the two has also been appreciated by the German Design Awards judges: “We put a lot of drive and creativity into the design,” said Peter Wiedemann, Rational’s technical director.
“With both cooking systems, we implemented the approach that ‘form follows function’. Thus, a core feature of both models is the large and clearly arranged touch display, which controls all cooking functions and can also export data such as HACCP. The exterior bodies of both models are characterised by clean lines and well thought-out ergonomics. The iCombi Pro’s attractive appearance is making it increasingly popular for front of house cooking, while the iVario Pro, with its rounded edges and non-heated crucible rim, shows that a kitchen workstation can also have an aspirational design.”
Wiedemann added: “Of course, the appearance of the cooking systems is only part of the design. Our aim was to deliver market-leading functionality in all areas, from performance to ease of cleaning, both inside and out.”
In order to keep downtimes between different cooking processes to a minimum, the iCombi Pro has a fast interim cleaning function that takes about 12 minutes. The iVario Pro can usually be cleaned by hand in just two minutes or so.
The German Design Award prizes will be presented officially in February 2021, in what is described as ‘an appropriately safe setting’.