Rational launches iVario Pro for contact-heat cooking

by Dina Maaty | Published 3 months ago

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Rational has launched a new cooking system, iVario Pro.

The iVario Pro works with contact heat, with intelligent functions, and consumes 40% less energy than conventional tilting pans and boiling pans. Although connected loads have been reduced compared to the predecessor VarioCookingCenter, it has up to 20 % higher searing capacity and with the maintenance-free pressure cooking option it is up to 35 % faster compared to cooking without pressure.

iVarioBoost, the intelligent energy management system, ensures precise temperatures on the pan base and sensitively regulates them. With iZoneControl, the pan base can even be divided into up to four zones, so the user can cook different foods simultaneously, on a time delay and at different temperatures. The ergonomy also sets new standards: Height-adjustable legs, cold pan sides and rounded corners make working safer.

“Productivity, flexibility and simplicity are what characterise the new iVario Pro,” explains Thomas Hofer, Managing Director RATIONAL Kitchen & Catering Equipment Trading FZCO.

“The patented iVarioBoost heating system is based on ceramic heating elements which are firmly attached to the scratch-resistant pan base and evenly distributed. The iVario Pro will heat up to 200° in less than 2.5 minutes and has enough energy to sear around 30 kg of goulash in approx. 15 minutes. This makes iVarioBoost 4 times faster than conventional technology. Also, there is no drop in temperature when cold liquid is poured in, such as cream in a casserole. iVarioBoost can take away the energy almost just as fast, preventing delicate foods such as rice pudding from sticking or boiling over. Hofer continues: “This is maximum power meets extreme precision.”

The precision is provided by the iCookingSuite, the cooking intelligence in the iVario Pro. Sensors detect the quantity and condition of the food, and regulate the cooking parameters accordingly so that the desired result can be achieved without the user having to do much.

“The iVario Pro eliminates the need for checking and monitoring. Such as with AutoLift, which automatically lifts the food out of the cooking liquid,” explains Hofer.

At the same time, the operating concept is new and the user can either select operating modes for meat, fish, poultry or side dishes or cooking methods such as frying pan or deep-fat fryer. This is saves in training and learning time.

iZoneControl also provides more flexibility, because the iVario Pro can now be divided into up to four zones, which can be of any shape or size. The new cooking system has also revolutionised daily kitchen routines in terms of ergonomics. This is because nothing sticks, and it is easy to clean, often in two minutes. Various setup variations such as wall hanging or on castors make the new unit extremely adaptable.

The iVario Pro 2-S with two pans is ideal for restaurants or as an additional unit in business & industry catering. The two single-pan cooking systems with 100 or 150 litres are the new performers in industry catering.

The new-generation units are complemented by the iVario 2-XS, which is perfect for restaurants from 30 meals with its two 17-litre pans, a full package of accessories.

Interested parties will soon be able to experience all cooking systems live at the More Tour 2020, dates to be announced at rational-online.com

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