Catering in education.

Healthy. Delicious. Choice.

As well as being fun, eating must be healthy.

Preschools and schools are reevaluating things. Pasta, chips and pizza are increasingly considered outdated choices, as they have too much fat, too much sugar and are too unhealthy. It's all about new ideas - the menu now includes vegetables, wholegrain products and lean meat. This is because healthy nutrition is the basis for healthy development. At the same time the menu choices have to be delicious. in spite of having a low budget, experiencing staff shortages and a minimal working space. Intelligent technology will support this by taking on work, thinking with you and producing the desired results time and time again.

Smart cooking: Intelligent cooking systems will help you to serve healthy and delicious food. With no additional work, no added costs and no fuss.

iCombi Pro and iVario Pro.

The power to change everything.

A big promise. At first glance this seems to be a paradox, however it makes sense when using two intelligent cooking systems. With two intelligent cooking systems that cover over 90% of all conventional cooking applications. Which are intelligent. Which have the same simple operating system. Which are simple to use. Which have been developed for large quantities. Which can produce enormous variety. Which reliably deliver the same results time and time again. Which meet the hygiene requirements.

What do you get out of it? More productivity, more flexibility, more reliability.

The iCombi Pro.

Making sure your kitchen is lacking in nothing.

Essentially, the iCombi Pro only has one task: reliably delivering consistently good results. It is therefore equipped with a whole lot of intelligence and impresses with productivity, simplicity and quality. For example, it recognises whether it is going to cook one or 200 chicken escalopes and regulates everything automatically. Or it supports you with time or energy-optimised production plans. For optimal additional production, for example.

The goal: Everything to save time, energy and raw materials.

The iVario Pro.

It's all about power. In every respect.

Intelligent technology - boiling, frying and deep-frying in a single cooking system. Fast and also precise. Food is prepared separately yet cost-effectively. Superb quality with few staff. Large kitchens need to reconcile conflicting needs in order to remain economical. Just like the new iVario Pro, which brings precision, productivity, speed and flexibility to your production.

For your kitchen: So you can generate impressive effects precisely and quickly.

With consistent high quality results.

Flavour is key to success.

Fresh, convenience, frozen. Meat, fish, poultry, side dishes. The iCombi Pro and iVario Pro can do all of that. Perfection in no time at all. Finally, the cooking systems recognises the condition and size of the food and adjust the cooking process accordingly. So that the broccoli stays green, the pasta is cooked al dente, the turkey steak gets traditional grill stripes. Everything is always consistently high quality. With the iProductionManager, you can even prepare different foods at the same time. The iVario Pro cna also be divided into up to four zones with iZoneControl. For different products, with the same quality.

Peace of mind: You can concentrate on childfriendly recipes, whilst the iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro will produce meals that are tasty and hygienically prepared.

Keep it colourful.

With vitamins you can taste.

Colourful, healthy and delicious is how school lunches should be served. Every day. For every age group. With 95%* less fat, up to 40%* fewer calories, less food waste, less over-production and lower overheads. Plus more vitamins, colour, minerals and flavour. This is why the iCombi Pro cooks gently with 100% fresh steam. This is why iCombi Pro and iVario Pro have so much power that none of the meat juices run and the minerals are preserved. Also this is why the iVario Pro is so fast that it helps to retain the vitamins.

* Compared to conventional kitchen technology.

This is how you benefit: With the iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro, you can preserve vitamins without compromising on cost or efficiency.

Minimal food waste.

Achieve faster savings.

A variety of food in large quantities is required. It must be precise, delicious and healthy. Without producing unnecessary waste. Such as when Finishing in containers. The dishes are prepared, for example in the Cook & Chill process, then vacuum-packed or stored in a container in the cold store. This means you can prepare and produce additional food in advance. Then you can bring the foods that you need to serving temperature in the iCombi Pro when you need them. To ensure that you can serve crunchy, fresh vegetables full of vitamins, for example. Completely simple, completely safe, completely flexible. You can also prepare different products at the same time. Without any loss of quality. Quick and simple. The same applies to restocking.

Tip: Finishing
It is mid-day. The bell for break time rings, hungry children enter the cafeteria, and the time frame is tight. This is when finishing, the consistent separation of service and production, comes into play. Container finishing is recommended especially for preschools and schools, such as to efficiently serve crisp and fresh vegetables. To do this, place the pre-produced and chilled food in the iCombi Pro and bring it to the right temperature at the push of a button. Completed with simplicity and certainty. Without any loss of quality.

This is how you benefit: Food always at the right temperature for service. Crunchy, fresh. Full of vitamins and colour. With low fat. Without overproduction.

More ideas. More efficiency.

Training with RATIONAL.

The iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro are self-explanatory and can easily be operated error-free after just a brief induction even by untrained staff. Tailored to your own food concept or one created by RATIONAL, we will train you and your employees so that everything works smoothly and only desired results are produced.

For your success.

Individual training, motivated employees and satisfied children.

Tailored concepts.

For a good relationship between children and food.

Even healthy food is fun. With a diverse dishes, fancy ideas and unusual trends. It can be helpful to regularly revise concepts, generate input and implement new ideas. For lunch, the snack in between, or the additional business with freshly baked goods. This is precisely where RATIONAL is there for you. With know-how. With the necessary expertise. With many new ideas. Always on the basis of what has already been created together.

What will the future bring?

A wide variety of new ideas and concepts, so that you can continue keeping the children happy.

To keep your mind at ease.

Top marks in hygiene and safety.

Bending, lifting, burning, bumping into things – all part and parcel of everyday kitchen life. However, now it's a thing of the past, as now the kitchen is ergonomic, labour-saving and efficient. Because RATIONAL has watched the chefs of this world and developed numerous solutions to protect backs, prevent burns and make life easier and safer. Automatic HACCP documentation, hygiencally brilliant cleaning with the iCareSystem in the iCombi Pro and light cleaning in the iVario Pro. High work safety in the iCombi Pro with low rack height of 1.60 m max. Cold pan walls and rounded edges in the iVario Pro. Also the certainty that everything is under control with the 6-point core probe, which even detects false readings.

Play it safe: The iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro meet international standards in terms of safety and hygiene. Everything is documented. To keep your mind at ease.

A worthwhile investment.

For the environment, the cash flow and the future.

Get an idea of the savings you can achieve by installing one or more iCombi Pro and iVario Pro units. You will save a lot of space: Your kitchen footprint can be up to 60%* smaller. Investment costs too: With one iCombi Pro and an iVario Pro, there are a lot of other cooking appliances you don’t need to buy. Also the environment: sustainable production and low energy consumption of the cooking systems on the one hand, with less over-production, less consumption of fat and less working time on the other hand. Together this is a major plus for your cash flow and the environment.

For the sake of the cash flow: It saves a lot of money, as well as energy and water.


You can look at it from any angle you want, the numbers work.

Not only does the iCombi Pro and iVario Pro cook intelligently but they also save intelligently. Such as in energy consumption, workload, space requirement, consumption of raw materials and consumption of fat. In short, The results are impressive.

Up to 70 %* lower energy costs

Short preheating times eliminate the need for standby mode. Rolling loads with the iProductionManager in the iCombi Pro, zoned heating of the pan with iZoneControl in the iVario Pro also save energy.

Less working time*

It eliminates the need for routine tasks such as turning, checking and readjustment. Ultrafast cleaning in the iCombi Pro and super easy cleaning in the iVario Pro save time. Makes 1–2 hours of extra free time per day.

30 %* less space requirement

Together, the iCombi Pro and iVario Pro replace approx. 90 % of conventional cooking equipment. So out with the tilting pan, boiling pan and deep-fat fryer – and in with freedom of movement. Or additional shop space.

Up to 25 %* less consumption of raw materials

The iCombi Pro sensitively adjusts its cooking processes which reduces weight and cutting loss. Nothing burns in the iVario Pro, and nothing boils over. This results in almost no loss at all. Together, this makes up to 25 % less consumption of raw materials.

* Compared to conventional cooking technology

It pays off: The bottom line is the extremely quick amortisation, but it's also fun to work with.

Other services


Many units, but everything at a glance with just a click.

Networking is also becoming more prevalent in industry catering: Menus, payment systems and purchasing, a lot of it has gone digital and is synchronised. Just like ConnectedCooking by RATIONAL. Recipe transfer, unit control, hygiene data, software updates and service remote access - with the secure networking solution you can control everything centrally from your desk. For all connected units. Regardless of how far away the schools or preschools are. You can also access and save HACCP data from all units. Do you have new recipes? They can also travel to the kitchen with just a click. All you need is a PC, smartphone or tablet. Standardisation does not get easier than that.

Powerful networking by RATIONAL. Always keeps everything under control.


The beginning of a wonderful friendship.

The right service makes the RATIONAL cooking system and your kitchen a complete success. From the initial consultation, the trial cooking, installation to the individual start training and software updates, plus the ChefLine, the telephone hotline for individual questions - RATIONAL has it all. Or you can attend training at the Academy RATIONAL. At the same time, you can contact a certified RATIONAL dealer at any time: They know all the cooking systems inside out and will find the right one for your kitchen. The worldwide RATIONAL service team is always close at hand in case of emergencies.

All with a single objective. Ensuring your investment pays off in the long term, that you always get the most out of your cooking systems and that you never run out of ideas.


Don't just listen to us, try it for yourself.

Enough with the theory, time for practice because nothing is more convincing than seeing for yourself. experience the RATIONAL cooking systems in use, see the intelligent functions for yourself and try it out to see how you can work with them. Discover just how efficient the iCombi Pro and iVario Pro are live with test units in your kitchen. Do you have any questions or do you want some information specific to your needs and possible applications? Then call us or send us an e-mail.

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The right ingredients for your success.

It has to be robust to last every day and be able to work hard in the professional kitchen. At RATIONAL this applies to the mobile oven rack and the grill and pizza tray, the arm for the automatic raising and lowering mechanism and the boiling baskets. Only with original RATIONAL accessories can you get outstanding performance from the iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro in their entire range of applications. Everything from pre-fried products, soups, sauces, chicken, baked goods and grilled vegetables will be a complete success. Also the steak will have the traditional grill stripes.

Original RATIONAL Accessories
We also have the sophisticated accessories to thank for such impressive results.

Overview of models.

Which one is the right one for you?