Lincat has formed a new partnership with its sister company, the Danish combi steamer specialist Hounö, to offer Hounö’s range of combi ovens to the UK market under the Lincat brand.
This marks a restart of combi oven supply under the manufacturer’s own branding, after it ended a similar agreement with Rational in December.
The new collection features two core product ranges – Visual Cooking and CombiSlim – both of which are designed to provide high output from a compact footprint.
Measuring 513mm wide and accommodating 1/1GN trays, CombiSlim is suitable for front of house and compact kitchens where space is limited but high output and consistent results are needed.
The multi-functional Visual Cooking models can be used for large-scale catering operations. The range of cooking modes and features should meet the needs of demanding kitchens and allow operators room for fine adjustments. Visual Cooking models are available with injection and hybrid steam (boiler and injection) technology.
The combis are controlled using Android-based SmartTouch, a touch control display, and feature SmartChef pre-set recipes, to make operation simple and seamless for kitchen staff of all levels.
Helen Applewhite, marketing manager at Lincat, commented: “Hounö is a well-established brand in a broad cross-section of catering operations, from retail and bakery, to chains, fast-food restaurants and hotels. It’s great, therefore, to be able to offer Hounö combis under the Lincat brand.
“This new deal supports our ongoing business development strategy – which is to broaden and strengthen our portfolio to enable dealers and end users to design, plan and purchase their entire kitchen from a single supplier.”
Visual Cooking units are equipped with additional features. For accurate humidity control, ClimaOptima measures humidity in the cabinet and automatically adjusts it throughout the cooking process to ensure repeatable results. With up to 10 humidity levels, the CombiSmart function allows users to manually set oven temperature and humidity, to minimise shrinkage, and improve the appearance and flavour of food.
For monitoring, all new combis are equipped with RackTimer on select cooking modes, where up to 20 timers can be set for individual racks and items.
Both Visual Cooking and CombiSlim models include CombiWash, an automatic cleaning system which can be used after service to save on staff time and operating costs, through claimed low consumption of energy, water and detergent.