Oven manufacturer Rational UK has opened a new Centre of Excellence as part of an expansion of its UK head office.

The expansion, which will feature a purpose-built development kitchen and training rooms, will double the company’s capacity at its office in Luton, Bedfordshire.

The manufacturer unveiled the new Centre of Excellence facility at an open day last week.

Visitors also had the opportunity to attend masterclasses and cooking demonstrations hosted by chefs Claire Clark MBE (pictured) and Alan Bird.

“We have invested in a new purpose-built facility, providing a fantastic Centre of Excellence to accommodate dealers, service partners, customers and sales team training at our Luton premises,” said Rational UK managing director Simon Lohse.

“It is a very exciting time for us as we further continue our commitment to all stakeholders, helping to maximise their business opportunities, of which training plays an integral role.”

The Rational AG group announced in August 2017 that its founder Siegfried Meister passed away at the age of 78.