Italian cooking equipment manufacturer Mareno has launched the Star 110 two-in-one plancha.
The unit can be used for both direct and indirect cooking, employing four independent heating zones for differentiated cooking, each controlled by its own thermostat.
The company therefore believes the plancha is suitable for à la carte operations where the chef needs high production capacity and situations where there is a need to quickly move pots without lifting them.
Thanks to the Star 110’s flat surface the chef can use it for cooking with a number of small sauce pots simultaneously, something that can be harder to do on a gas range with pan supports.
The chrome hotplate, which is designed to avoid taste transmission, should maintain heat and reduce heat loss to save energy. The plancha is also designed to be easy to switch from indirect to direct cooking and vice-versa.
The maximum temperature on each of the 4KW zones is 350°C, and this means that temperature in the kitchen should be lowered, along with energy consumption.
There is no drawer to collect water/grease after cleaning the plate, instead there are two drain holes, one front, one back, which allow any water/grease to be discharged into a container below. The 900mm-wide plancha also comes with a wide drain channel that can be filled up for cooking/cleaning.
Available with either a pass through cabinet or electric oven under, list prices for the Mareno ‘Star 110’ 2-in-1 plancha start at £8,000.
Grande Cuisine supplies the Mareno brand to the UK market.