How the Cook & Hold Oven Saves Your Restaurant Money

Looking for new ways to save money while running your restaurant? Find out why you should invest in the Cook & Hold oven.

Thinking about investing in commercial ovens that don't require a hood? It might be time to invest in a cook and hold oven. They’re excellent money savers, and without the need for a traditional hood or ventilation system, these ovens can be placed anywhere in the kitchen. 

Here are a few practical ways for restaurants to save money using one of Alto-Shaam’s Cook & Hold Ovens. These slow-cooking marvels use a consistent, low-temperature approach to achieve truly delicious results. At the same time, the oven’s innovative design can reduce overhead costs and streamline operations.

No Hood Required

By relying on thermal cabling as a heat source, the Cook & Hold oven does not require an external hood or ventilation system. Radiant Halo Heat®️ technology cooks food evenly and holds it at the proper temperature without fans, harsh heating elements, or added moisture. This means you can install the Cook & Hold just about anywhere, saving as much as $2,000 on installation and $30 per day in hood operating costs.

Install the Oven Wherever You Like

With a stackable design and a compact frame, these ovens are built for easy installation. For example, you can set any Cook & Hold on top of a heated holding cabinet like the 300-S, and then quickly move food between the two compartments to maintain temperature and food quality. 

As a standalone unit, the Cook & Hold oven features a waterless design, saving on installation and operating costs associated with plumbing, drains, filtration, and maintenance. It also has optional locking casters, which allow you to move and reposition the oven when necessary. It’s a flexible kitchen companion!

Low Energy Use

Unlike other ovens in this price range, the Cook & Hold oven operates at full capacity using almost no electricity. Thanks to Halo Heat® technology, gentle thermal cables slow-cook food using low temperatures with minimal intensity, meaning a number of dishes can be produced for less than $2 per day. 

Overnight Cooking

Save more than just money by utilizing overnight cooking. The Cook & Hold is designed with an intuitive control system, which allows employees to quickly set cooking parameters and let the oven handle the rest. The oven switches from cooking mode to holding mode automatically, so operators can reallocate labor and equipment wherever necessary. For even juicier results when slow-cooking meats, you can set the oven to cook overnight, and save money on labor costs when the restaurant is closed.


Besides the incredible flavor, you’ll also waste less product and save money while using a Cook & Hold. On average, Halo Heat reduces meat shrinkage by 18% compared to traditional cooking methods. You can also slow-cook a less expensive cut of meat and achieve natural tenderization for more delicious results.

There are so many clever ways for restaurants to save money without compromising food quality. With the Cook & Hold Oven, you can enjoy tremendous savings in a potent package. Once you’ve tasted overnight slow-cooked beef, you’ll have a tough time going back to cooking with traditional conventional ovens.

Sign up for A Taste of Alto-Shaam demo today, and learn how the Cook & Hold can take your restaurant to a new level.

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