A new high-tech cooker aims to revolutionise pub kitchens across the UK, according to its German manufacturer. Rational's self-cooking centre claims to produce "better than fresh" dishes from fillet steak to baked bread at the press of a button. Chefs select from a control panel the type of food they are cooking and the style in which it is to be finished. The system from £6,600 will provide a boost in culinary standards in pub kitchens, accordingto chairman of the board at Rational, Günter Blaschke. "The self-cooking centre will allow chefs extra time to concentrate on food presentation. It takes over the chores of cooking, so they can get on with the creative side of their business." However, leading pub chefs warn that the technology represents a deskilling of their profession. Paul Hackett, head chef at the Yew Tree Inn, Mesne, Gloucester, said: "How can you call a person who presses a couple of buttons to cook a meal a chef? It's part of a long-term trend in pubs towards reducing costs by removing the creativity from cooking." Should the system be considered a sinner or a saint for pub chefs? Contact Max Gosney on 01293 610234 or e-mail email@example.com.