Cooking equipment manufacturer Rational has integrated its smart kitchen platforms with the advent of iKitchen.
Rational UK MD, Simon Lohse, explained: “Under the name iKitchen, we have combined the iCombi Pro, iVario Pro and ConnectedCooking to form a system solution.”
The aim is to make work easier, especially in large kitchens with a volume of 500 meals per day or more, to streamline processes and save space, money, energy and raw materials.
Rational believes that in a kitchen originally equipped with a boiler, deep fat fryer, pressure cooker, hot-air oven and cooker, all the appliances can be replaced except the cooker with an iCombi Pro and iVario Pro while achieving space savings of up to 40%.
At the same time, Rational says the cooking systems together cover 95% of all conventional cooking applications. For some applications such as cooking pasta or preparing food using the sous vide method, they can take over tasks from each other, which could increase the flexibility of a commercial kitchen.
Lohse added: “With the iCombi Pro, for example, you can deep-fry without fat. This means that the fries are crispy but have considerably less fat. In addition, steaming in the iCombi Pro preserves the vitamins and nutrients.”
The identically designed user interfaces guide the operator through the menus according to the same principle. Both also have intelligent functions designed to make handling easier and reduce the error rate.
Rational reports that the iKitchen makes optimum use of all resources, such as with the overnight cooking function. The iCombi Pro and iVario Pro both feature this application, which could save a production time and take pressure off kitchen operations.
The third component, ConnectedCooking, is also designed to increase productivity, as the cloud-based networking solution can be used to centrally manage and transfer cooking programs, HACCP data can be saved and retrieved by both cooking systems, and they can be controlled remotely. ConnectedCooking is claimed to reduce the error rate and ensure a constant standard in food production. Only the loading and unloading has to be done manually.
Lohse concluded: “With iKitchen, business and industry kitchens can work even more successfully than before and respond flexibly to their challenges.”