Lainox by Falcon
Falcon are one of the UK’s biggest catering equipment manufacturers, and they have built a great relationship with Lainox, the world’s second-biggest manufacturers of combi ovens. They now distribute them in the UK exclusively, and provide great after sales and support to anyone who purchases them.
The Naboo (and no we don’t know why they are called that, perhaps the designers are Star Wars fans?) are the Lainox ‘intelligent’ combis, with automatic programs for scores of food types and the ability for chefs to add their own food programs too.
They are the equivalent of the Rational Self Cooking Centre range.
Lainox also do a simpler range, the Sapiens, which has a more basic programming and control system.
Naboo come in two power variants – gas or electric. You’ll need a three phase supply for the electric and a 13amp for the gas.
They also come in two size types – 1/1 gastronorm sizes and double width 2/1 gastronorm tray sizes.
The 1/1 gastronorm sizes come in 7 rack, 10 rack, 17 rack (where they connect a 10 and a 7) and a 20 rack.
The 2/1 gastronorm sizes come in 7, 10 and 20 rack sizes.
The Naboo are designed for easy use – with a tablet-like touchscreen interface. It uses easy graphics and drag and drop to create new programs.
The machines allow you to tell the machine where the food you are cooking is, what finish you want on it and then the clever insides of the oven work out how best to achieve that with the right amount of steam and dry heat. Basically, if you’ve used a smartphone the touchscreen will seem familiar and easy to use.
The machines have lots of tray types and other accessories that allow you to create almost any meal in them – you can even shallow fry eggs in them and grill steaks!
The Naboos also feature a simple ‘smoking’ option using scented liquids, opening up ‘barbecue’ flavours on your menu, among many other exciting and subtle flavours.
Another great option is the button opening option – which can be requested instead of a handle model. This requires only a light touch to open the door. This is a great feature to reduce the effective footprint of the machine and also if you are often in the kitchen on your own, as you can open the door with an elbow whilst carrying hot trays!