These machines bring the benefits of technology to almost every aspect of cooking. From healthy fat-free breakfasts and beautifully succulent main dishes, through to finishing and regeneration, the combi-oven will produce perfect results with the minimum of fuss.
The steam combi-oven can take the place of roasting, frying, grilling, and other cooking styles, while maintaining bulk and therefore saving money through portion control. This feature is stressed in the marketing of these models, which can be shown to pay for themselves very quickly with regular use.
Another strong suit of the combi is the ability to batch cook and regenerate from chilled later, which of course is ideal for banqueting.
If the combi is king of the kitchen, then Rational is king of the combis. The original and still the best (in our opinion), these machines are now imported from Germany by two UK-based catering equipment companies, Rational UK and Lincat, who market them under the prestige Opus brand name.
In addition to standard manually controlled models, the latest generation of Rational/Opus steam combis are available in fully programmable SelfCooking Center
The size of combi-ovens is usually expressed in the number of 1/1 gastronorm dishes they will hold, described as grids. So a 10-grid combi will have runners for 10 1/1 gn dishes. A 1/1 gn dish measures 530 x 325mm. Note that the number of grids that will fit in the combi is dependent on their depth: the size rating above refers to dishes up to 65mm deep.