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2016 is set to be a busy year according to MD of RATIONAL UK, Lee Norton both for his brand and for the combi oven market in general.
There is a definite trend for kitchens getting smaller, workforces being streamlined and value for money being appreciated.
“Consumers are more choosy when it comes to food,” he comments. “Where they eat relies on two main issues: consistency of food, service and quality. And when it comes to meeting these requirements, more and more food venues are turning towards the combi oven.”
Combi Oven Benefits
The benefits of a combi oven are myriad. Not only is the cooking enhanced but a combi oven reduces the number of appliances required within a kitchen, hence a smaller carbon footprint. This equates to cost savings in terms of energy, which is a key incentive for catering establishments.
In addition, continues Mr Norton, the versatility of a combi oven augments the variety of food able to be delivered. “Healthier foods are now a major requirement for both public and private caterers,” he explains.
“The RATIONAL Self Cooking Center oven can deliver a fully cooked breakfast with no additional fat or oil. Major catering names such as Premier Inn are now implementing the concept as they realise the cost savings in terms of reduced cooking times and fewer appliances such as separate frying pans, and a reduced number of kitchen staff.”
70% Combi Oven Market Share
RATIONAL still holds in the region of 70% of the UK combi oven market share, with growth expected to yet again reach double digits in the next twelve months.
“The catering industry received a major boost in 2014 with the introduction of free school meals, and this also had a positive effect on the private sector, which realised an exponential growth last year,” continues Mr Norton.
“We have seen an expansion in our own personnel:
- We now have 23 development chefs around the UK and a comprehensive service partner network, of which AC Services (Southern) is a vital player.
- We have more than 200 engineers providing same day coverage, with a first time fix rate in excess of 95%.
These are statistics of which we are very proud as we excel in providing excellent after sales service by trained and audited personnel in all areas, from chefs to engineers.”
What’s Ahead for RATIONAL?
“We are not sitting on our laurels,” concludes Mr Norton. “We still invest heavily in new product development.
We have recently produced the VarioSmoker, extending the functionality of the RATIONAL combi oven to produce smoked food. With a growing trend towards Mexican and Brazilian cuisine, this has been extremely well received”.
“And our most recent launch was the Cross and Stripe Grill Grate, which allows perfect steaks to be cooked in the oven, not in a pan or on a griddle, and with the traditional bar marks. This innovation provides a healthier and more cost efficient way to cooking the perfect meat.”
Consistency and quality are what customers look for in their food suppliers, and RATIONAL adopts these qualities in its everyday operations. If you cater for the public and are looking for cost efficiency, healthy cooking and a lower carbon footprint, look no further than a RATIONAL combi oven.
Mass catering doesn’t automatically have to mean the type of cooking that many people associate with canteen style cuisine. Before we get tons of comments from disgruntled canteen chefs, we’d better elaborate that that’s not supposed to infer that canteens cook badly. But they do tend to get put under a lot of pressure to serve food in bulk quantities, and things like al dente pasta and vegetables, and the quality of presentation can, and often do, suffer.
Technology Marches On
We all remember the jokes we used to make about mass catering and school dinners in particular, (and we expect they’re still being made). But things have moved on big time in terms of kitchen equipment in the past 2 or 3 decades. Technology now exists that allows mass catering and fine dining to go hand in hand. So if your dream business is to serve top quality cooking to a discerning audience, such as a large group of wedding reception guests for example, you can compete for cooking quality with some of the top restaurants in the country. Continue reading
Not sure what oven size you need or what model is right for you?
Then your first choice is to visit the Hospitality Show on the 21 – 23 January at the NEC Birmingham, where Rational UK have a stand and will be able to discuss your requirements and demonstrate the SCC White Efficiencies capabilities to help you decide what you need from your most important investment in 2013. For details on the Show visit the website. Continue reading
Choosing an oven for residential homes, nursing homes and hospitals brings with it, it’s own special set of circumstances. These need to be carefully considered when looking around to find the right product. There are of course the usual pre-requisites to be considered, namely:
• Oven Specification
• Oven Performance
• Ease of Operation
• Running Costs
• Ease of Maintenance
• Original Investment Cost
There are many commercial ovens on the market today that cover many of these salient points. But only one meets them all, and more besides. These are the whitefficiency® range of ovens manufactured by Rational. A whitefficiency® oven is not just an oven, it is a highly automated SelfCookingCenter®. It is ideal when choosing an oven for residential homes, nursing homes and hospitals. Continue reading
A Combi Oven manufactured by Rational Ovens will provide you with one of the finest ovens or self cooking centres in the world. If you’re planning the launch of a new pub, hotel or restaurant enterprise, one of the most important decisions you will have to make, is the type of oven(s) you will need. It’s not an easy decision to make. In fact if you get it wrong, it could adversely affect the success of your new venture.
Here at AC Services (Southern) we are rated as one of the top service partners for Rational Ovens in the South of England, the South West, and in Southern Wales. And it’s not just us who say so. It’s our client base, and you can’t say fairer than that. What better reference could you possibly get than those who know from first-hand experience?
We’ve been servicing and repairing ovens since 1990, and Rational Ovens in particular since 1999. During these past 22 years we have learnt everything there is to know about the ups and downs of working with a Combi Oven. And now the team at AC Services (Southern) are prepared to pass that knowledge back into the trade by giving you, the buyer, some hot tips on what to look out for when considering your options.
Choose from the Rational Combi Oven Range
We make no apology for putting Rational Ovens at the forefront of your buying plans. Rational manufacture some of the best quality Combi Ovens in the world. Their reliability and their longevity are up there with the very best. In our opinion, (and we should know – we’ve serviced all types of ovens in our 22 years in business), they are the very best!
Getting to Know Your Menu
The first thing you have to take into consideration is what sort of food you will be cooking. Getting to know your menu, or your menu types, is absolutely key to understanding which is the best Combi to meet your needs.
Feeding the Four or the Four Thousand?
Knowing what quantity of dishes you’re going to be cooking is essential to your decision making process. Whether you will need a single station Combi Oven, or a multi station Combi is a must.
Getting to know the Rational Product Range
The Self Cooking Centre “white efficiency” is the cream of the crop as far as combis are concerned. With this fantastic product you can roast, grill, steam, bake, all in the one oven. It can even be programmed to cook overnight!
With a Self Cooking Centre “white efficiency” oven you get Rationals’ unique, patented High Density Control feature that provides you with total control at your fingertips, whether you’re cooking small or large dishes and batches. The level heat distribution is superb, guaranteeing that everything is cooked to perfection. There’s even “Self Cooking Control” a wonderful design that means every individual dish gets monitored, and you are alerted when they are each ready, regardless of the variety of food types and sizes.
Ease of Operation and Servicing
One of the biggest factors has got to be how easy a Rational Self Cooking Centre “white efficiency” Combi Oven is to operate, and how simple it is to get serviced. These are both areas where AC Services (Southern) have direct input. Whilst we don’t sell Rational Ovens directly ourselves, we do install them, and our fully trained installation engineers will arrange for you and your staff to get full training to ensure that you’re all fully au-fait with how to operate your chosen combi oven.
Last but by no means least, purchasing one of the Rational Ovens range of combis or self cooking centres, and appointing AC Services (Southern) as your servicing/repair partner, will guarantee you the lowest and shortest possible down-time.
An Unbeatable Combination
The best combination for your combi oven needs is Rational Ovens for the hardware, and AC Services (Southern) for the maintenance, service and repairs. It’s a match made in cooking heaven