Rational brings cooking technology to a new level

Rational surprised professional chefs across the globe a few months ago with a cooking appliance that senses, recognises, thinks with the user and ahead, learns and communicates with its user. The SelfCookingCenter® 5 Senses is the first appliance on the market that does not work according to pre-set programmes. It intelligently adjusts all processes to the relevant product, its size and quantity.

The SelfCookingCenter® 5 Senses controls the temperature, humidity, cooking time and air velocity 60 times a minute, so that at the end a dish tastes and looks exactly as the chef specifies at the touch of a button. The appliance even recognises the condition of a product. It independently and optimally adjusts the conditions in the cooking cabinet to it.

“The art of cooking lies in achieving consistently good results, although the conditions are different every time,” says Alexander Wimmer, Area Vice President BD EMEA at Rational. Sometimes the products are larger or smaller, sometimes it is the quantities that vary.

“The SelfCookingCenter® 5 Senses is intelligent enough to determine these differences,” says Alexander Wimmer and adds: “Unlike most models on the market, our appliance is not programmed to fixed processes. It considers the current conditions and determine what has to be done every time so as to ensure consistent quality.”

This is a significant advantage, especially with frequent staff changes. Regardless of who is on shift, every dish turns out exactly as the chef wants it to.

The appliance informs the chef of which settings it applies when and why. “Rational is giving a lot of information away. From the user’s point of view, this is sensational,” says Marc Stämpfli, Managing Director of Schweizer Heer AG. His company has been selling catering equipment for more than 40 years. Like most of his colleagues, he is convinced that Rational has once again significantly raised the standard in professional kitchens.


The RATIONAL Group is the worldwide market and technology leader for hot food preparation in professional kitchens. The company, founded in 1973, employs around 1,400 people, nearly 800 of whom are in Germany. Rational was floated in the Prime Standard of the German stock market in 2000 and is currently represented in the SDAX.

The primary objective of the company is to offer its customers maximum benefits at all times. Internally RATIONAL is committed to the principle of sustainability, expressed in its policies on environmental protection, leadership and social responsibility. Numerous international awards bear witness to the high quality of RATIONAL’s work year on year.