Rational is celebrating obtaining another Host show Smart Label award, announced at the exhibition itself in Milan last week.
The manufacturer was named among the victors for its VarioCookingCenter multifunctional appliance.
Functionality, technology, environmental sustainability as well as ethical and social implications – were the features assessed by Fiera Milano and POLI.design in order to give recognition to the most innovative products and companies with the Smart Label award. Both Rational’s small combi-steamer, the SelfCookingCenter XS, and the company’s networking solution ConnectedCooking have received the award previously.
Enrico Ferri, CEO of Rational Italia said: “For us at Rational, innovation means offering the people working in commercial kitchens the best appliance for cooking. In our developments, we always take into account the energy balance of the units – so it is no coincidence that environmental sustainability is the issue we want to focus on at this year’s Host.”
130m meals are prepared with Rational units every day. The company, which is specialised in large and commercial kitchens, currently holds over 600 patents and a market share of more than 50% for multifunctional appliances. Its customers include restaurants, hotels, canteens, hospitals, schools as well as fast food chains, supermarkets, confectioners and butchers.
Ferri believes: “Our extensive cooking research has also produced the VarioCookingCenter, a multifunctional cooking appliance for boiling, frying and deep-frying – all in one unit. This allows a reduction of space requirements in the kitchen by up to 30%, and also up to 40% savings in electricity.”
This is made possible by the mesh-like structure of the patented VariBoost heating system, which is designed to transfer the heat to the food through the thin pan base quickly and consistently. On the command of the built-in cooking intelligence, the system should immediately withdraw the heat to prevent sticking and overcooking.
According to Ferri: “Together, the SelfCookingCenter and the VarioCookingCenter make a well-coordinated team. Because they have the same user interface, users will find it intuitive to operate and the multifunctionality ensures that virtually almost every application in the professional kitchen is covered.”