A combi steamer (or combi-steamer) is a professional cooking appliance that combines the functionality of a convection oven and a steam cooker. That is, it can produce dry heat, moist heat or a combination of the two at various temperatures. The appliance is therefore fit for many culinary applications, including baking, roasting, grilling, steaming, braising, blanching and poaching. The advantages of this technology are short cooking times and a gentle preparation method, both of which lead to enhanced vitamin and nutritional preservation when compared to traditional cooking methods. Many Combi Ovens have their own "intelligence" and possibility of automatic food preparation based on pre-programmed recipes.