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RATIONAL USA Honored with 2019 Kitchen Innovations® Award for UltraVent Plus Ventless Hood

CHICAGO (February 26, 2019) – RATIONAL USA, the leading manufacturer of combi technology, is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a prestigious 2019 Kitchen Innovations® award for its UltraVent Plus portfolio of ventless hoods.

The National Restaurant Association® Show Kitchen Innovations (KI) awards recognize progressive equipment that advances the way commercial kitchens operate. A fifteen-year tradition in the industry, the KI award program has earned a reputation for defining the gold standard of foodservice equipment innovation.

Delivering greater value and benefit to customers is a key driver of the RATIONAL innovation tradition. Since launching the first RATIONAL combi-steamer in 1976, the company has vigorously pursued research and development projects to improve commercial kitchen operations. The RATIONAL UltraVent Plus ventless hoods build upon this tradition.

Relying upon recirculating venting technology the UltraVent Plus captures vapor, grease and lingering smoke enabling operators to install RATIONAL equipment in smaller kitchens and customer-engaging front cooking areas without investments in vented hoods. The UltraVent Plus hoods work for the popular RATIONAL SelfCookingCenter® Combi-Duo, or stacked combi oven configurations, and retrofitting on existing equipment also is possible.

“Since its launch, the UltraVent Plus and proven enormously popular,” said Markus Glueck, executive vice president for RATIONAL North America. “Kitchen consultants and customers alike are impressed with its performance, flexibility and cost-savings potential.”

The RATIONAL UltraVent Plus ventless hood will stand among the 2019 KI recipients in the interactive Kitchen Innovations Showroom, booth #2440, at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, on May 18-21, 2019 in Chicago at McCormick Place. RATIONAL USA invites show attendees to see the UltraVent Plus in action at the live cooking demonstrations held at the RATIONAL USA exhibit, booth #4260.


The RATIONAL Group is the world market and technology leader in the field of hot food preparation for professional kitchens. Founded in 1973, the company employs more than 2,100 worldwide. RATIONAL is listed on the Prime Standard of the German Stock Exchange and is included in the SDAX.

To learn more about RATIONAL products and services, attend a RATIONAL CookingLive event to see how RATIONAL products help commercial kitchen operators do more with less space, waste, energy, cost and stress. To reserve your place, visit

Jennifer Daniels
VP Marketing, North America
Tel. 224-366-3505
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