TOP 15: Induction innovations to make commercial kitchens more efficient
Induction is increasingly being specified in commercial kitchens to improve the working environment and provide a greener, more precise alternative to gas. FEJ take a look at some of the best technology out there in the market at the moment.
The brand new CookTek SinAqua Souper induction warmer eliminates the use of water while maintaining food quality. It has a holding temperature ranging from 60°C to 93°C and maintains the temperature accurately. It is versatile and can be used for keeping warm a range of foods, such as porridge, chilli and curries.
Induc-NoLimit has 16 inductors covering its vitro-ceramic glass surface, with the option to select 220 temperature levels ranging from 30°C to 250°C via a simple-to-use touch control panel. Designed to make the entire surface a cooking workspace, the ‘solid top’ plate allows operators to cook a wide range of dishes at different temperatures at the same time.
Charvet has combined four powerful, independent 3.5 kW induction hobs under a one-piece glass top to create an energy efficient multipurpose ‘multizone’ induction unit. Hobs can be operated alone or ‘sequentially regulated’ to effectively re-create the flexible cooking power of a conventional gas or electric solid-top. Charvet Multizone is ideal for all types of restaurants and hotels, just like its predecessor, the gas or electric solid top. Multizone is labour saving because the unit is easier to keep clean and requires much less maintenance from engineers. Furthermore, the ventilation load is significantly reduced compared to conventional gas or electric ranges, creating infrastructure cost savings. Pan-detectors sense when pans are placed on top, making the unit ideal for using a mix of various-sized pans for service, as well as saving energy.
The Slider was designed with sustainability in mind — significant power is only consumed when and where a pan is placed on the hob. Manufactured in the UK from European components and materials, the unit is 90% efficient in converting electrical power into usable heat in the pan.
Falcon’s four zone induction range is ideal for the most demanding of kitchens, featuring 5kW heat zones that offer precise control. The E3914i uses heavy duty components, ensuring a minimum 30,000 hours lifespan. The hob is constructed from 6mm toughened glass and has undergone rigorous testing, including the drop test, where a pan is dropped onto the hob, which Falcon claims is more thorough than the BS EN standards demands.
The Garland Instinct Griddle provides an exceptionally functional non-stick frying surface that can be put under continued use throughout the day in high-output foodservice operations. The product features a comprehensive control and monitoring system for induction in the shape of RTCSmp Real-Time Temperature Control System multi-point technology (RTCSmp). This enables fast heat-up times — from 20°C to 200°C in as little as three-and-a-half minutes — as well as safe cooking and accurate temperature control, with the modules monitoring the temperature of the induction coils and energy supply.
The Mareno ICITC98TE induction solid top features a sealed 6mm thick glass ceramic hob and a pan detection system which activates heating upon the presence of a cooking receptacle or pan. The appliance is constructed in AISI 304 stainless steel and comes equipped with four independent cooking zones, each with a 7kW output. The large cooking areas are marked with silkscreened signs on the glass-ceramic surface and are controlled by means of the unique Mareno iChef system which indicates both activation of heating and correct appliance operation.
The full surface induction hob from Electrolux Professional is available as part of the thermaline modular cooking range on either an oven, open base or warming cabinet, allowing foodservice operators to incorporate the speed and efficiency of induction cooking alongside other key pieces of equipment at the very heart of their kitchen.
Celsius Class, the newest innovation from Swiss cooking range manufacturer Menu System, offers operators and chefs the ultimate in precision cooking and energy management. With three independent modes and ‘turn & push’ operation, the new multi-mode controller provides chefs with complete control over the cooking process.
At 800mm deep and 900mm wide, the powerful Phoenix induction oven range is energy efficient and robustly constructed. The PHER01/SPH has been introduced in response to demand for the model from establishments with single-phase power. The easy-to-clean induction hob top is constructed from 6mm thick high impact resistant glass and features six 1.85kW induction zones, three of which can be boosted to 3kW when intense heat is required.
The Pantheon IND360 is designed to drop into an existing countertop. It has 10 temperature settings ranging from 60°C to 240°C and an LED timer display. A simple-to-use manual control regulates temperature but, additionally, the wattage can be controlled, creating an extra layer of precise temperature management.
Rieber’s induction hob and wok cooking modules come in a modular GN format and provide operators with slot-in cooking units for versatile cooking. They can be combined with a self-ventilating mobile front cooking station or used static as part of a foodservice counter, or modular temporary pop-up kitchen such as the Rieber Catering Circle. Offering up to 5 kW cooking power, the German-engineered system allows chefs to cook in public spaces or areas previously thought unsuitable for cooking, such as a corner with a low ceiling or public atrium.
German brand livecookintable has developed modular and portable cooking furniture, in line with the rising trend for front-of-house live cooking using induction technology. It gives chefs and caterers a customised and integral set-up for their events, buffet area, tastings or fairs with low energy requirements and the flexibility of moving the cooking furniture within the same venue.
FEM’s Vollrath Mirage induction buffet warmer offers a solution for caterers looking for safe ways to keep food warm throughout service. The Mirage induction warmer offers four power levels: low, medium, high and chafer pre-heat. Measuring 584mm wide x 406mm long and running off a single 13 amp plug, up to three units can be connected together to provide a bank of buffet warmers.
The RDE-FG-8A is one of no fewer than 15 models of induction griddle offered by Rexmartins. This particular unit measures 800mm wide x 700mm deep and is rated at 8kW. It is a countertop model and has a smooth cooking surface, although floor-standing and part-ribbed variants are also available. The induction coil induces heat directly into the griddle plate, avoiding heat losses into the atmosphere.
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