Rational has added the iVario 2-XS model to its new two-pan cooking system series.
Designed for smaller kitchens, the cooking appliance works with contact heat and is multifunctional.
The unit comes with the iVarioBoost intelligent energy management system, which regulates the heat over the surface and should have sufficient reserve capacity to sear 4.5kg of casserole meat in 6.5 minutes, including the preheating phase.
The iCookingSuite cooking intelligence is designed to detect the condition and size of the food and regulate the cooking path so that users only need to intervene if the cooking system calls.
The iVario 2-XS consists of two pans each with a 2/3 GN base surface and a 17-litre capacity. The unit also comes with a full package of accessories.
Rational UK MD Simon Lohse explained: “Boiling, pan-frying and deep-frying on a small surface, powerful, precise and flexible, that was our objective in the development of the iVario 2-XS.
“For businesses with small kitchens on a limited budget that want to serve high quality results that their customers require, the iVario intelligent technology will provide a solution.”
The small unit with iVarioBoost is designed to heat up to 200°C in less than 2 minutes and should have enough reserve capacity to sear larger quantities without the release of liquids. The heat is distributed evenly and is regulated so that delicate foods such as rice pudding should not stick or boil over.
iVarioBoost consists of patented ceramic heating elements, which are attached to the scratch-resistant pan base and evenly distributed. This is claimed to make the iVario 2-XS four times faster and consume 40% less electricity compared to conventional technology.
Lohse added: “The iVario Pro eliminates the need for checking and monitoring.” One example is the AutoLift, which automatically raises and lowers the food from and into the cooking liquid.
The appliance has two pans which can be heated differently. The display in the middle of the cooking system is arranged so that the user can view both pans at the same time. In addition to the operating modes for meat, fish, poultry or side dishes, the user can now select cooking methods such as frying pan or deep-fat fryer.
With the corresponding stand, the iVario 2-XS is height-adjustable, the corners are rounded and the pan edge should stay cold. The unit is said to be easy to clean in approximately 2 minutes. It can be set up in variations such as integration in a kitchen line, on the worktop or the stand.
The iVario 2-XS comes with a package of accessories including the arm for the automatic raising and lowering function, boiling and deep-frying basket, spatula, pan base grid and sieve.