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21.11.2017
Award-winning: The SelfCookingCenter XS at the German Design Awards 2018
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The smallest member of the RATIONAL family has shown them all: The SelfCookingCenter XS is a winner at the 2018 German Design Awards in the "Kitchen" category. The prestigious international panel was impressed by the innovative power of the combi-steamer and gave the award to RATIONAL AG in Landsberg am Lech.

Professional chefs already love what's on the inside, and now the SelfCookingCenter XS is also scoring points with its external good looks: The high-performance small appliance impressed the 43-strong international panel of design experts. "The SelfCookingCenter XS is a much smaller version of its big brother - but with the same power and efficiency. An extraordinary design, which extends the possibilities in kitchen planning," said the panel. For Peter Wiedemann, Chief Technical Officer at RATIONAL AG, this was a great recognition: "We have often received awards for our high production standard, but this is the first time for our design. The award also reflects the good support from Busse Design."

The SelfCookingCenter XS may be the smallest unit in the RATIONAL family at 55.5 cm deep and 65.5 cm wide, but it is every bit the equal of its big brothers in terms of performance, intelligence and efficiency. For RATIONAL, maximum performance on minimal space also means that chefs do not need to compromise on cooking results, quality and flexibility. And when the external appearance is this good, it is just the thing for use in the front cooking area.

The German Design Award is awarded annually by the German Design Council and honours innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers. After a strict preselection of almost 2,000 submissions, the SelfCookingCenter XS was nominated and ultimately named the winner in the "Kitchen" category. The official award ceremony will take place in Frankfurt am Main on 9 February 2018, when the Design Council will also organise an exhibition of the award-winning products, and the award winners will also be presented in a catalogue and in an app.

28.07.2017
RATIONAL AG: The Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Siegfried Meister has passed away.
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Germany, Landsberg am Lech, 28.07.2017 – it is with great sadness that Rational AG announces the passing of Siegfried Meister, the company founder, majority shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, on July 28th at the age of 78 years after a brief, serious illness. Walter Kurtz, Supervisory Board Member and shareholder since the founding of Rational AG in the year 2000 will, as the first deputy chairman, assume temporary chairmanship of the Supervisory Board. The Su-pervisory Board, Management Board and all employees mourn for an exceptional entrepreneur, and will continue the company in the spirit of Mr Siegfried Meister.

When Siegfried Meister started producing innovative convection ovens in Landsberg; over 40 years ago he had a clear goal in sight: he wanted to make the work of people who prepare hot food in professional kitchens easier. The combi-steamer was born in 1976 when he and his, at the time, small team added steam to the hot, dry air in the oven. This revolutionized the large and commercial kitchens of the world: production processes, organization and efficiency have changed significantly since then.

All his life he remained true to his aim of knowing the requirements of customers and offering them the maximum benefit. Meister's guiding principle was not sales or profit; his foremost corporate objective was the greatest possible customer benefits. In this he was very successful. Since 1998 he has acted as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and in 2000 floated Rational AG on the stock exchange.

Besides in his role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, he assisted the company with his extensive experience and expertise – and all the way up to the very end he had a set table in the company restaurant, surrounded by his employees. "The well-being of the "entrepreneurs in the company", as he viewed his employees, was very important to Mr Meister. This makes us all the more sad about our great loss, and we are committed to continuing his lifetime's work in his spirit", says Dr Peter Stadelmann, Chief Executive Officer of RATIONAL AG.