The K-12 foodservice landscape is changing as programs expand to breakfast, snacks, dinners and special events. This is leading to new production models and delivery methods. What's remaining the same is the need to serve healthy food that the students will like, within tight time windows, to drive increased participation on a limited budgets. It's not surprising that many schools are welcoming intelligent technology into the kitchen to increase capacity and flexibility, while reducing workloads and delivering consistent results that kids and staff enjoy.
That’s a lot to promise. And it sounds paradoxical at first, but it makes sense when you’re using two intelligent cooking systems. Two cooking systems capable of covering more than 90% of all conventional cooking applications. Systems that are intelligent. That have the same simple operating system. That are easy to learn. That were designed with large quantities in mind. That can produce a huge variety of food. That deliver the same great results over and over again. That meet the strictest hygienic requirements.
Basically, the iCombi Pro only has one job: delivering excellent, identical results reliably, That’s why it’s equipped with so much intelligence - and why it offers such impressive productivity, quality, and simplicity. It detects whether you’re making one chicken breast or 200, and adjusts its own parameters automatically. It helps you optimize your production schedule for speed or energy consumption - so you can have extra batches ready right on time.
Intelligent technology boils, pan-fries, and deep-fries in a single unit. Quick, yet precise. Each dish is individual, yet economical. More quality with less staff. The new iVario Pro brings precision, productivity, speed and flexibility - while being cost-effective.
The controls on the iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro are selfexplanatory, so new staff l can master them in no time. RATIONAL chefs will train you and your employees based on your own school menu or one created for you by RATIONAL, so that you’ll get perfect results effortlessly from the very beginning.
For your success
Individual training, motivated staff, happy kids.
Healthy food can be fun, too. With the integration of new ideas, dishes and trends. Which is why it can be helpful to regularly evaluate your concepts, gather input, and try new approaches. For breakfast, lunch, snacks, or catering. And RATIONAL can help with all of the above. We offer knowledge. We offer experience. We offer new ideas. And we’ll always build on what we’ve already achieved together.
What does the future hold?
Plenty of new ideas and concepts to help you drive participation.
The iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro aren’t just intelligent when it comes to cooking. They’re smart savers as well. They save on labor, energy consumption, space, raw materials, and fat, just to name a few. In short: the difference is obvious.
Short preheating times eliminate the need for stand-by mode. Rolling batches with iProductionManager in the iCombi Pro, zone-specific pan heating with iZoneControl in the iVario Pro - two great energy-saving solutions.
Say goodbye to routine activities like turning, checking, and re-adjusting oven temperatures. Save time with the iCombi Pro’s ultra-fast cleaning feature and the super easy-to-clean iVario Pro. Frees up 1–2 hours every day.
Together, the iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro can replace up to 90% of all conventional kitchen equipment. Goodbye tilting skillets, kettles, and deep fryers - hello freedom of movement. Or additional retail space.
The iCombi Pro adjusts its own cooking processes precisely, which reduces cooking and trimming losses. And nothing burns or boils over in the iVario Pro, so no risk of ruined batches. Which cuts your raw product usage by as much as 25%.
*compared to conventional cooking technology
Networking is becoming increasingly common in food service. Meal plans, payment systems, purchasing - much of it is digital, coordinated. Just like ConnectedCooking by RATIONAL. Recipe transmission, appliance inspections, HACCP data, software updates, service remote access - our secure networking solution lets you do everything from your desk. On all of your networked units. No matter how far apart schools are from each other. You can access and save HACCP data from all units as well. Developed a new recipe? Send it to the kitchen with a click. All you need is a PC, tablet or smartphone. Standardization has never been easier.
High-performance networking by RATIONAL. You'll always have everything under control.
Great service is what brings the RATIONAL cooking system and your kitchen together. Initial consultation, trial cooking, installation, personalized introductory training, software updates, the ChefLine hotline for individual questions... RATIONAL is with you from start to finish. Or expand your knowledge through Academy RATIONAL. You also can turn to one of RATIONAL’s dealers, who know our cooking systems inside and out - they’ll be glad to help you find the right solution for your kitchen. And if an emergency ever arises, RATIONAL’s worldwide service network will be there in no time.
All with one goal in mind: helping you get the most out of your investment and enjoyment for years to come... and making sure you never run out of ideas.
Enough theory - time for practice! Nothing’s more convincing than seeing it for yourself. Experience RATIONAL cooking systems up close, see their intelligent features in action, and learn how they can work for you. Register for a in-person, no obligation, cooking event near you online. Call us or send us an email if you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss RATIONAL cooking systems and how they can meet the needs of your district or school.
We expect all of our equipment to be robust enough to withstand heavy use in a professional kitchen - whether it’s a mobile oven rack, a grill and pizza tray, an automatic lifting and lowering arm, or a boiling basket. RATIONAL accessories enable you to enjoy the full spectrum of exceptional features offered by the iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro. The right accessories ensure pre-fried convenience products, soups, sauces, chicken, baked goods, and grilled vegetables turn out perfectly every time.
When it comes to impressive results, well-designed accessories make all the difference.