Rational has launched the iVario Pro cooking system, which is claimed to 40% less energy than conventional tilting pans and boiling pans.
Connected loads are said to have been reduced compared to its predecessor, the VarioCookingCenter, along with up to 20% higher searing capacity. The pressure cooking option is designed to be maintenance free and be up to 35% faster compared to cooking without pressure.
iVarioBoost, the intelligent energy management system, should ensure precise temperatures on the pan base and sensitively regulates them. With iZoneControl, the pan base can be divided into up to four zones, so the user can cook different foods simultaneously, on a time delay and at different temperatures. The unit also features height-adjustable legs, cold pan sides and rounded corners allowing for safer working.
Rational UK MD Simon Lohse said: “Productivity, flexibility and simplicity are what characterise the new iVario Pro.”
The patented iVarioBoost heating system is based on ceramic heating elements which are attached to the scratch-resistant pan base and evenly distributed. The iVario Pro is designed to heat up to 200°C in less than 2.5 minutes and can sear around 30kg of goulash in approximately 15 minutes. This is said to make iVarioBoost 4 times faster than conventional technology.
Also, when cold liquid is poured into a casserole there should be no drop in temperature. The unit is also said to prevent delicate foods such as rice pudding from sticking or boiling over. Lohse continued: “This is maximum power alongside extreme precision.”
The precision is said to be provided by the iCookingSuite, the cooking intelligence in the iVario Pro. Sensors detect the quantity and condition of the food, regulating the cooking parameters accordingly so that the desired result can be achieved without the user having to do much.
Lohse commented: “The iVario Pro eliminates the need for checking and monitoring. Such as with AutoLift, which automatically lifts the food out of the cooking liquid.”
At the same time, the operating concept is new and the user can either select cooking programs for meat, fish, poultry and side dishes, or cooking methods such as frying pan or deep-fat fryer. This should save time for training and learning.
iZoneControl is designed to provide more flexibility, as the iVario Pro pan base can be divided up into four zones, which can be of any shape or size. Each of the zones can be used with different cooking paths and temperatures. It is possible to cook foods with different requirements at the same time.
The height of the cooking system can be adjusted, meaning the user can work ergonomically with the cooking system at the optimal height. Different setup variations are available, such as wall hanging or on castors.
As nothing should stick on the pan, the appliance should be easy to clean with a little water, a little detergent and a sponge, completed often in two minutes.
The iVario Pro 2-S with two pans is said to be suitable for restaurants or as an additional unit in business and industry catering. The two single-pan cooking systems have capacities of 100 or 150 litres. The new generation units are complemented by the iVario 2-XS, which can produce 30 meals with its two 17-litre pans and a full package of accessories.