Catering Equipment Review Show, Season 2: Lincat Cibo

By Phil Scoble

Lincat are a well-established British brand, who are making a foray into the accelerated oven market with the Cibo. This is a new class of accelerated oven that might just make a big dent on the UK catering market.

What’s the Lincat Cibo do?  

The Lincat Cibo uses a heated base plate, convection heating and a grill to accelerate cooking. Unlike most accelerated ovens on the market, like the Merrychefs, the machine does not use a microwave. This reduces its costs and some of its applications. But it can create great pizzas, cooked sandwiches, paninis, cookies and more, which mean it could make a big impact. 

You can’t use it for things like pies, or anything thick and dense. With these foods you’ll have to microwave them first. But with the rest of the food we list above, it should be able to compete with the big names in the market in terms of finish and speed. 

Who’s the Cibo for? 

Small to medium sized businesses that make food to order. Anywhere selling to the lunchtime crowd or coffee shops and cafes, and even wet-led pubs, could benefit from this machine. 

How does it perform?   

It’s brand new, so we don’t know about longevity, but it looks like a proper piece of kit that will transform some businesses for a relatively low cost. There are some applications it shouldn’t be used for – dense foods like pies  – without microwaving it separately first – but in the main it is a very fast, very efficient machine for lighter items. 

Conclusion

The machine is easily programmable, comes with programmes for common foods pre-loaded. Also, as a British brand, spares won’t be hard to come by. Although we haven’t seen them in use long term (the Cibo was only launched this year) we think this could be a great bet. If you haven’t jumped on the accelerated oven bandwagon yet due to cost, this could be the unit for you. 

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