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Rational and Craft Guild of Chefs look forward to exciting final
 Top tomorrow: four teams of young chefs battle for the Cooking for the Future crown

Craft Guild of Chefs and Rational announce exciting final line-up

Who are the best up and coming chefs in the UK?  Four teams, each of two chefs, will battle it out in the Rational and Craft Guild of Chefs Cooking for the Future final, to be held on February 15th 2022.  So far the competition has seen regional teams compete for their place in the final by putting together recipes and a video, which were judged by a panel from Rational and the Craft Guild.  All the entrants are college students on full or part time catering courses.  The final, at Rational’s training centre in Luton, will see the four regional winners cooking live under the watchful eye of the five judges, all expert chefs.  The teams will have to prepare a two-course meal for six people, aimed at the events market, using Rational’s latest multifunctional cooking systems.  They’ll have two hours to complete their tasks, and they’ll be using boxes of mystery ingredients, all British, provided by Rational. 

Steve Munkley, vice president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, is one of the judges.  “These young chefs have grown up with intelligent technology, they understand its potential,” he says.  “This competition is all about embracing and celebrating the latest cooking systems, showing how the next generation of chefs are exploiting the technology to enhance their cooking.” 

An exciting package of prizes is up for grabs for the winning team, including a fabulous Michelin Star experience, at a restaurant in their region.  In addition, the winners’ college will get the latest in advanced kitchen technology in the shape of a Rational iVario multifunctional cooking system.  Meanwhile all finalists will receive an embroidered Rational chef’s jacket, a Rational knife set and a year’s membership to the Craft Guild of Chefs.  

“We’re delighted to support the chefs of the future through this competition,” says Thomas Bentham, Rational’s Regional Corporate Chef, who is leading the project for the company.  “It’s truly inspiring to see how these young chefs are showcasing their culinary skills using the latest intelligent cooking systems.”

The four teams in the final are: City of Glasgow College, Lincoln College, North Herts College, and Bridgend College.

Bentham says, “The four regional winning teams have shown real skill and talent.  Good luck to them all – I’m looking forward to an exhilarating final!” 

 RATIONAL is the leading provider in hot food preparation cooking systems and, with the iCombi Pro and the iVario Pro multifunctional cooking system, the company delivers 95% of all conventional cooking applications.  Rational’s ConnectedCooking allows operators to monitor, manage and update their Rational appliances remotely, from a PC, tablet or smartphone.  iKitchen is the combination of the iCombi Pro, iVario Pro and ConnectedCooking – iKitchen delivers the best kitchen management and the best cooking solutions.  For information and brochures, or to find out about free Rational Live online demonstrations, call +44 (0)1582 480388, freephone 0800 389 2944 or visit



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Cooking for the Future final line-up announcedDec-21

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The RATIONAL Group is the world market and technology leader in the field of hot food preparation for professional kitchens. Founded in 1973, the company employs more than 1,100 people in Germany and a total of around 2,000 worldwide. Since the IPO in 2000, RATIONAL has been listed on the Prime Standard of the German Stock Exchange and is included in the SDAX.

The primary objective of the company is to always offer its customers maximum benefits. Internally RATIONAL is committed to the principle of sustainability, expressed in its policies on environmental protection, leadership and social responsibility. Year after year, numerous international awards testify to the exceptional quality of RATIONAL’s work.