Rational has revealed it currently holds 600 patents as it celebrated receiving a ‘Smart Label’ award at this week’s HOST exhibition in Milan.
It picked up the accolade for its VarioCookingCenter after judges took into account factors such as functionality, technology, environmental sustainability ands ethical and social implications
Rational’s small combi steamer, the SelfCookingCenter XS, and its networking solution ConnectedCooking have both won the award in the past.
Enrico Ferri, CEO of Rational Italia, said the brand presently has an astonishing 600 patents to its name and estimates that its equipment is used to prepare 130 million meals every day.
“For us at Rational, innovation means offering the people working in commercial kitchens the best appliance for cooking. In our developments, we always take into account the energy balance of the units – so it is no coincidence that environmental sustainability was the issue we wanted to focus on at this year’s HOST,” he said.
In the UK, Rational’s business is worth more than £50m a year in sales and it supplies combi ovens and multifunctional cooking appliances to restaurants, pubs, schools, hospitals and care homes.