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# Siegfried Meister

Random fact: Rational products cook 120 million meals globally each day.


Meister was the chairman and majority owner of Rational, the world's biggest maker of combination-steamer ovens used in professional kitchens. The Landsberg Am Lech, Germany-based company is publicly traded, employs about 1,800 people and reported revenue of 613 million euros ($679 million) in 2016. He died on July 28, 2017 after a short illness.

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Industry Industrial
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Citizenship Germany
Age 78
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Birthdate: 1938
Family: Unmarried, No children

Siegfried Meister was born in 1938 and gained qualifications as an electrical engineer before taking a range of jobs in the electronics and kitchen technology sectors. He worked as a manager at German catering chain Wienerwald until 1973 when he left to start Rational, an ovenmaker.

Meister's new company had success from the combination steamer that was invented in 1976 and was unique because it used both hot air and steam to cook food. Its popularity led to sales offices being opened around the world and by 1993 the business had operations in the U.K., France, Japan and the U.S.

Rational began trading publicly on the German stock exchange in 2000 and by 2008 it had grown revenue to more than $500 million from products such as the VarioCooking Center, which could boil, pan-fry and deep-fry food, according to the company website, which were designed to reduce the workload of chefs and increase productivity in professional kitchens.

Meister died on July 28, 2017 after a short and serious illness.

  • 1938 Siegfried Meister is born.
  • 1973 Decides to start a company and sets up Rational.
  • 1976 Rational's main seller, the combi-steamer, is invented.
  • 1993 Acquires French company FRIMA, a former sales partner.
  • 1999 Becomes chairman of Rational's supervisory board.
  • 2000 Rational becomes a publicly traded company.
  • 2008 Opens Rational's largest plant in Landsberg Am Lech, Germany.
  • 2014 Posts record annual sales at Rational of 564 million euros.