The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) named two foodservice professionals at Saint Mary's Health Care in Grand Rapids, Mich., the winners of the 2010 Culinary Competition held June 7 during its inaugural conference in Austin, Texas. Mary Jaskowski, Saint Mary's director of nutrition services, and William Read, executive chef at Saint Mary's, won first place, a set of engraved plates and knives and $500 in Tyson reward points with their dish of pecan goat cheese chicken and cinnamon bread pudding.

(l to r) Executive chef Eric Eisenberg of the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Mary Jaskowski and William Read from Saint Mary's Health Care and Doris Davis of Tyson Food Service

Jaskowski and Read competed against five other teams to create innovative entrées using sponsor Tyson Food Service's True Chicken Breast Fillets and Natural Hardwood Smoked Center-Cut Bacon. Taking second place were nutrition services director Deborah Jones and chef Karea Anderson from St. Peter's Hospital in Helena, Mont. with their chicken and bacon empanadas with grilled corn salsa, avocado crema and pomegranate cherry reduction. The third place award went to director of nutrition and foodservice Angelo Mojica and executive chef Shawn Dolan from UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill, N.C. for their tobacco road chicken.

Operators can receive up to $1,000 in cash or $2,000 in RATIONAL accessories for purchasing SelfCooking Center® units

With no government bailout pending for foodservice operators looking to upgrade to more efficient cooking equipment, RATIONAL is stepping in with a new rebate program: Cash for Trash. The RATIONAL Cash for Trash promotion offers foodservice operators rebates of up to $1,000 for the purchase of a SelfCooking Center or up to $2,000 in RATIONAL accessories. The program began May 1 and runs through December 31, 2010.

The RATIONAL SelfCooking Center is an advanced piece of cooking equipment capable of baking, roasting, poaching, frying, grilling and steaming. Each unit comes equipped with nine automated cooking modes and 57 cooking processes for turnkey operation. It is available in six different model sizes and in gas or electric configurations.

Foodservice operators who are eligible for the Cash for Trash program include those replacing any brand of commercial combi steamer or heavy conventional cooking equipment, such as convection ovens, steamers, grills and tilt skillets. Also eligible are current customers replacing a RATIONAL unit or adding additional units to replace older, conventional equipment.

The rebate structure for purchases by model is:
  • SelfCooking Center 61 & 101 - $500.00 Buy-back rebate
  • SelfCooking Center 62 & 102 - $750.00 Buy-back rebate
  • SelfCooking Center 201 & 202 - $1,000.00 Buy-back rebate
The rebate amount can be doubled if the customer opts to receive the rebate in RATIONAL accessories such as the CombiFry Basket, Combi Grill & Pizza Tray, Multibaker or cleaning chemicals for the self cleaning and descaling feature. RATIONAL accessories can further customize the SelfCooking Center unit for foodservice operations. Accessory packages are as follows:
  • SelfCooking Center 61 & 101 - $1,000.00 Accessory Package
  • SelfCooking Center 62 & 102 - $1,500.00 Accessory Package
  • SelfCooking Center 201 & 202 - $2,000.00 Accessory Package
"We started the Cash for Trash program to make the advanced SelfCooking Center technology more accessible for operations that want to grow or are in need of an equipment makeover," said Vinod Jotwani, director of marketing, RATIONAL USA and Canada.

To take advantage of the rebate program, operators must attend a TeamCooking Live event where they can test drive the SelfCooking Center. In order to receive the rebate, the end customer must remove and send back the Serial Identification Tag for the equipment they are replacing and send it to RATIONAL along with a RATIONAL rebate form and purchase documentation. RATIONAL does not take ownership of the old appliance at any time during the program. Rebates are sent directly to the end user.

Acceptance of rebates issued through RATIONAL's Cash for Trash program does not preclude operators from applying for and receiving state-level, energy efficiency rebates. Operators are encouraged to check with their equipment dealer for specific guidance on state program eligibility.

Operators can find out more about the rebate program by contacting a RATIONAL representative or by calling (888) 320-7274. Registration for TeamCooking Live is available online at