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Care home residents want more from their providers, but many care organisations are under enormous pressure with skills shortages, flexible mealtimes, special diets and utility bills and rising costs.

Care home chefs need to offer a diverse, consistent, high-quality menu throughout the day, and they need to maximise production while reducing cooking times. Intelligent, multifunctional hot food preparation catering equipment provides the solution to all these challenges.

RATIONAL’s cooking systems deliver a care kitchen’s complete thermal cooking solutions. They replace a large range of cooking appliances and replicate a huge range of cooking processes while saving space and reducing cooking times and energy consumption.

The iCombi Pro delivers 50% higher productivity while reducing cooking times and energy consumption by 10% compared to its predecessor. Similarly, the iVario Pro delivers 20% additional searing capacity and maintenance-free pressure cooking that is up to 35% faster than cooking without pressure.
The iCombi Pro includes four intelligent assistants that control every aspect of operation. This makes it simple to cook different products at the same time. The cleaning system provides a fast 12-minute interim clean that reduces downtime between loads as well as calculating the optimum overnight clean at the end of the day.

The iVario Boost heating system uses ceramic heating elements and advanced energy management systems to give not just quick heating times – only 2.5 minutes to get up to searing temperature – but the power it needs to handle large quantities of product without missing a beat.

For stocks and sauces the RATIONAL iVario Pro offers the optional intelligent pressure-cooking function. Secured with the internal lock, casseroles, braised dishes, stocks, soups and stews can all be cooked up to 35 % faster, without any loss of quality.

RATIONAL’s ConnectedCooking network management system enables operators to customise recipes and cleaning schedules as well as providing comprehensive operating data, including HACCP. It also allows service personnel and managers to monitor the operation of the cooking system and will send an alert should anything be required.

RATIONAL TV, the free to register video on-demand platform offers a comprehensive choice of videos to browse at your convenience. From customer stories, application training, through to hot topic webinars that showcase the benefits of the Rational iVario and iCombi Pro cooking systems. To join Rational TV, subscribe for free at:

RATIONAL is the leading provider in hot food preparation equipment. For information and brochures, or to find out about free Rational Live demonstrations, call +44 (0)1582 480388, freephone 0800 389 2944 or visit