The combi ovens are considered to be the most versatile equipment in today's commercial kitchen. The combi oven has evolved over the past 30 years from simple manual models with three cooking modes – convection, steam, and a combination thereof - to multiprogramme ovens that use cutting-edge technology.

Benefits

The advantages of the combi oven cannot be denied. The combination ovens are versatile and powerful, and they can perform multiple cooking processes like roasting, poaching, or grilling as well as steaming, steaming, and baking with exceptional results. The latest combi ovens reduce shrinkage and save energy which leads to huge savings for the operator. The versatility of combi ovens is a huge advantage. They can be used to bake bread, roast chickens, or any other type of food. They can be used by caterers to prepare complete menus.

How to choose a combination oven?

While there is a lot of choice for caterers/chefs when choosing an oven, there are only two market leaders. The choice of the right oven is crucial as it is an important investment. It should be able to meet your needs. Choose a top-rated brand if you want perfect cooking results that can be saved and used to create stored menus. A basic convection oven is not the best choice. Both companies offer a variety of ovens that are both manual- and programmable to meet the requirements of all types of operations, including large-scale banqueting using a chill system and smaller restaurants that can take advantage of multi-functionality of the commercial oven.

Manual controls were used to start the first combi-steamers. They were difficult to use. The manual model required the chef to enter all the necessary cooking parameters such as temperature, time, and load. A programmable model is where the chef enters the cooking parameters and sets up pre-programmed programs.

These "highly intelligent pieces of kit" offer many benefits. There were nine programmes in the early programmable models, each with only three steps. Today there are 1,000 programs each with 100 steps. You can transfer stored programs between ovens by using the USB port. This is a great feature for chefs with multiple ovens and kitchens.

However, it is important to match the oven with your needs to ensure that you don't spend too much money on features you may not use.

How to make the best choice?

  • Manual or automatic

A manual model equipped with a high-tech oven can be compared to a car that has an automatic gearbox and cruise control. However, a basic model without these features is more comparable. If a caterer is only planning to use the model as a steamer, but occasionally for dry baking, they might consider choosing the simpler version. The automatic (programmable model) is best if multiple locations offer the same menus. This allows you to save menus to a USB flash drive and transfer them between ovens. This ensures consistent cooking results. It is important to consider the user and the setting they are working in. For example, a cook may need to use an oven to prepare meals but does not have the necessary skills to operate the manual combi. A self-cooking oven that can switch between automatic and manual modes will be a good option.

  • Programmable Ovens for everyone

Programmable combi ovens work well in almost all types of catering operations, from 5-star restaurants to bakeries, take-out outlets, and fish and chip shops.

They are trusted by restaurants because of their reliability and precision. Take-outs love them for their speed, ease of use, and consistent results. Experiential chefs prefer to operate a combi steamer manually, both because it is easier and more comfortable.