Partner in Education Alliance.

Working together for future industry leaders.

RATIONAL is a company of chefs, for chefs. Our objective is to offer people working in professional kitchens the most beneficial solution to their thermal cooking tasks.

As the leading global manufacturer of commercial combi ovens, we are paving the way to enhancing kitchens of the future through continuous innovation. iVario, an entirely new class of cooking system, is being introduced in kitchen classrooms across the USA.

Education is at the heart of everything we do.

What's included in the program?
Equipment, materials, education & collaboration.


Culinary School Partners enjoy a partner-in-education alliance discount with a preferred dealer on iCombi Pro and/or iVario cooking systems stands, stacking kits, and accessories. Certified installation is required. The discount may vary if your school uses its own dealer.

Planning a kitchen theatre or demonstration suite? P.I.E. discounts apply to built-in integration kits and UltraVent Plus recirculating hoods!

Does your school have a volume services curriculum? Ask about Finishing® Systems for modern banquets.

Free Accessories.

For schools that welcome RATIONAL to conduct 4+ RATIONAL iCombi live or iVario live events per year, RATIONAL provides a curated set of accessories designed for learning various cooking applications, valued at $3,500. Dates are planned in advance with school administration and anyone at the school is always welcome to participate.

i = Intelligence

Partner schools will receive both iCombi and iVario accessory kits (up to a $7,500 value) when outfitting a teaching lab with an iKitchen suite.

Faculty Academy.

i = Interactive.

With the purchase of an iCombi Pro or iVario, RATIONAL will provide a RATIONAL Corporate Chef to conduct a full hands-on Faculty Academy workshop. Designed with Culinary Educators in mind, this 5-6 hour session seeks to inspire creative use of technology in the classroom or kitchen lab. All participating faculty will receive a certificate of achievement.

Curriculum Support.

RATIONAL will provide school partners with educational collateral in the form of PowerPoint slides and handouts. Culinary educators may utilize these materials to augment their classroom curriculum. Our materials include a list of key learning objectives as well as visual aids and explanations for combi cooking technology, multi-functional cooking technology variable cooking climates, organizational workflow and facility design. Our Corporate Chef will review these with faculty during the Academy training.

ConnectedCooking in the Classroom.

All school partners receive a free set-up and configuration training on ConnectedCooking, the cloud-based networking solution for professional kitchens. Faculty and students will be able to conduct projects storing and sending cooking programs via the portal between classrooms or across campuses, including the ability of logging and analyzing HACCP data for food safety learning. School provides LAN or WIFI connection.

Special Events & Student Activities.

For active culinary school partners who seek our support for special student and industry events, RATIONAL can conduct demonstrations or be involved with educational activities as requested, according to availability.

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