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Rational has launched a Back2Business promotion that is aimed at offering operators a low-cost way to get up and running in the next few months.

Available through dealers, the offer comprises a £299 price point for sites to have an iVario cooking system installed and running in their kitchen for six weeks, backed by a tailor-made training and support package throughout the period.

The iVario multifunctional cooking system can be used to boil, pan fry, deep fry, griddle and confit – all in one piece of equipment.

By replacing fryers, bratt pans, kettles, large pots and pans and griddles, it can create extra space in the kitchen. The model offered in the Back2Business promotion is the iVario 2-XS, which consists of two pans each with a 2/3 GN base surface and a 17-litre capacity.

Simon Lohse, managing director of Rational UK, said: “As the world is ready to dine-out again, we want to help our customers boost their business opportunities as the predicted post-Covid rush commences.

“Taking advantage of the Back2Business offer allows them to cope with the extra pressure in their kitchen. With our full support, customers will experience how easy it is to prepare their dishes with the new technology, whatever the skill base.”

The six-week trial comes with a tailor-made training and support package designed to the operator’s requirements.

Lohse said: “Rational professional chefs are ready to support kitchen teams during a busy service and to prove, in no uncertain terms, that the iVario 2-XS will enhance their business. Operators can rest-assured that, as an extra assistant, the iVario performs to the highest of standards, providing quality and consistent dishes, on time, every time.”

At the end of the six-week trial the operator can either hand the iVario back, in which case their Rational dealer will remove it. Alternatively, they may choose to buy it by arrangement with the dealer, less the £299 already paid. The promotion runs from now until 30 September 2021.

The iVario’s heating technology is designed to deliver up to 40% lower energy consumption, and up to 70% lower water consumption, compared to conventional cooking methods.

The unit can cook automatically, with no monitoring. It alerts staff if they need to do something, such as turn a steak over. The Autolift feature lowers pasta or vegetables into water, or fried foods into oil, at the correct time, and takes them out again when they are cooked.

The iVario 2-XS is said to cook up to four times more quickly than conventional appliances due to its iVarioBoost intelligent energy management system, which regulates the heat over the surface of each pan. Meanwhile the iVario’s cooking intelligence, the iCookingSuite, detects the condition and size of the food and regulates the cooking path so that staff only need to intervene if the cooking system calls.

Rational is supplying the iVario 2-XS with a full package of accessories. They include the arm for the automatic raising and lowering function, boiling and deep-frying basket, spatula, pan base grid and sieve.

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