Panasonic has launched a new range of commercial rice cookers to foodservice.
Launched at chef Cyrus Todiwala's Café Spice Namaste in conjunction with Tilda, Panasonic's rice cookers are aimed at caterers who want to serve perfectly cooked rice every time, while minimising the waste that often occurs through lack of experience or confidence in cooking rice.
Iain Phillips, sales and marketing manager, Panasonic UK, who joined Todiwala for the rice demonstration, explained: "We are excited to be launching this range of professional rice cookers to the UK foodservice market and what better way to demonstrate their ease of use and flexibility than with Cyrus' expertise.
Todiwala, told the audience: "The Panasonic rice cooker has enabled us to prepare different kinds of pulao rice, not just steamed, for our events without the need to cook and re-heat. We've achieved better portion control and as it's fully automatic, chefs can have peace of mind it will cook to perfection and they don't have to be constantly watching over it. Once cooked, it will hold rice hot at the correct temperature for two hours."
The Panasonic rice cookers require no extraction, are non-stick and easy to clean. They are available in two sizes; 23 and 40 cup capacities and the smaller of the two also has an optional steamer basket that is ideal for cooking vegetables or dim sum.
In association with Tilda Foodservice, Panasonic are offering a limited time offer which includes one 5kg bag of Tilda Easy Cook Basmati rice with every 40-cup cooker and one 1kg of Tilda Easy Cook Basmati and 1kg Tilda Thai Fragrant Jasmine with every 23-cup cooker purchased.