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For nearly 50 years it has been our mission at RATIONAL to provide our customers with the best cooking solutions. With over 1,000,000 RATIONAL units on the market, our cooking systems have become a standard in professional kitchens all over the world.

With the iCombi Pro combi-steamer and the iVario Pro advanced multifunctional bratt pan, RATIONAL delivers all a commercial kitchen’s thermal cooking requirements, replacing virtually all traditonal equipment. When combined with the ConnectedCooking digital kitchen management technology the networked cooking systems enable operators to monitor and control their RATIONAL appliances remotely, store and transfer recipes, control and document HACCP data while always ensuring cooking systems are up to date.


With proven sustainability our multi-functional cooking appliances contribute enormously to reducing energy and resource footprint and save on energy, water and raw ingredients, therefore reducing waste.

After purchase, we are there for you and your RATIONAL, we offer 24/7 support via Chefline, 365 days a year and unit introduction training to ensure you are getting maximum benefit from your cooking system. With around 400 Service Engineers across the UK– service is a critical factor to our success and with a national network of Dealers who are experts in our products there is always support available.

You can view one of our short Live online webinars, with the option to stay and chat with the expert host about every aspect of your business needs. Live online events provide relevant specific sector content for UK foodservice operators including, pubs, hotels, education, hospitals, care homes, Asian and food-to-go in only 10 minutes.

To find out more and to attend one of our 10 minute webinars click here

LACA Partner Q&A with Chris Dobbs, Sales Director - South, Rational UK

What is your school food unique selling point?

RATIONAL intelligent cooking systems aid school caterers in delivering healthy, tasty meals efficiently despite budget constraints and staff shortages. Offering training and support, RATIONAL enhances kitchen staff proficiency, maximising the benefits of time, energy, and space-saving features, ensuring nutritious meals for students.

What new products/services have you launched or are looking to launch in 2024?

The iCareSystem AutoDose by RATIONAL is an autonomous cleaning solution for iCombi Pro tabletop units. It initiates cleaning on a set schedule and dispenses the precise amount of cleaning solution from the integrated solids cleaner, enhancing hygiene and saving time for school kitchen staff. This contributes to work safety and HACCP compliance.

What do you do to support the school food service?

By integrating RATIONAL cooking systems, schools enhance food service operations, benefiting student health. These systems streamline kitchen tasks, facilitating quick, high-volume meal preparation while maintaining consistent quality, crucial for nutritious school meals. They also aid budget management by minimising waste, optimising ingredient use, and reducing energy consumption. Additionally, their versatile cooking capabilities enable menu diversification, accommodating various dietary needs, fostering inclusivity among students.

How can LACA and school food operators support your organisation?

School food operators have the chance to attend free, no-obligation iCombi Pro Live or iVario Live events led by RATIONAL experts. These events showcase the remarkable capabilities of the iCombi Pro and iVario, demonstrating their precision and efficiency firsthand. Operators can experience the impressive results and learn how these intelligent cooking systems can transform their kitchens.

To find out more or to attend a Rational cooking event online or at a location near you, click here