FEM has introduced the Vector F-Series multi cook oven into the UK market. Manufactured in the USA by Alto-Shaam, the Vector F-Series builds on the success of the original Vector, which was launched in 2017.
Like the original version, it features up to four separate oven chambers in one compact unit. However, the new F-Series is said to offer a more flexible cooking solution, with a wider body and the ability to combine chambers to cook taller items.
Designed to cook twice as fast as a standard oven, the unit can save space by replacing two conventional ovens of the same size. The F-Series is available in two models, a three-chamber (model VMC-F3E) and a four-chamber (VMC-F4E). Both accept GN 2/1 or GN 1/1 pans – the larger four-chamber model can take up to four GN 2/1 or 8 GN 1/1 pans.
Each of the Vector’s chambers is independently controlled, with its own time, temperature and fan settings. There should be no flavour transfer between the chambers, so the oven can be suitable for cooking special diets such as vegan food at the same time as other food. A new airflow technology is designed to deliver faster, more even cooking, while because it needs no water connection, it can be placed anywhere.
One limitation of the original Vector was that individual chambers might not fit taller items, such as big joints or large poultry and game birds. With the F Series, staff can take out one of the dividers, making a double-size chamber that can accommodate these larger items. An optional core temperature probe is available to ensure precise cooking results.
Structured Air Technology delivers a high velocity, vertical airflow from the bottom and top of each chamber. It is designed to produce even temperature control throughout each chamber, and faster cooking results – with no need to rotate pans or monitor cooking. Vertical airflow should mean that very little heat escapes when the door is opened too.
The three-chamber VMC-F3E measures 1,036mm wide by 1,078mm deep and 820mm high, while the VMC-F4E is 1036mm by 1078mm by 998mm. For kitchens wanting maximum capacity, FEM offers the option of stacked configurations, where two three-chamber models, or one three-chamber and one four-chamber, can be stacked.
FEM runs a series of free Vector Live demonstrations in venues across the UK, where dealers and end users can experience the technology for themselves. The demonstrations are led by FEM’s experienced corporate development chef, Alan Evans.