In light of NYC’s 2Oth annual Restaurant Week and this year’s CES, it wasn’t hard to narrow down what tech savvy chefs should be adding to their kitchen. Unfortunately, some of the items on this list are yet to be released. In a profession like cooking, it’s hard to wade through the cheap kitchen accessories, often the topic of late night television ads, to find the products that will modernize the way we prepare our food without degrading the craft.
Here are the four products we believe will make a difference in the world of cooking.
Thermador's Freedom Induction Cooktop
It may not be hitting tabletops anytime soon, but once Thermador unveiled its new wave of induction cooktop technology this year at CES, everyone has been dying to get their name on the pre-order list. The Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop is a large stovetop area that gives cooks the freedom to situate any size cookware on a flat surface to heat up. With a surface area large enough to accommodate a 21-inch x 13-inch pan, it’s no surprise that it’s the largest cooking surface in the industry. The Thermador Cooktop will be available for purchase sometime in July with a suggested retail price of $5,000.
- A 6.5-inch, full-color touchscreen display that recognizes pot shape, size, and controls power setting and cooking time
- Surface area to accommodate a 21-inch x 13-inch pan with the largest cooking surface in the industry
- A range of 4,600-watt maximum power output with Boost feature and 15-watt minimum power output
Specs courtesy of : Thermador
Samsung's Latest Over The Range Microwave
While many chefs shy away from the thought of justifying the purchase of a microwave, we figure they’ll be singing a different tune once they get their hands on the newest Samsung over the range microwave. What’s so great about this microwave? It’s a toaster oven, a microwave, a convention oven, a range hood and the CES innovation award winner in the eco-design category. With a ton of surprising specs one would not usually expect from a microwave, like an Eco-mode that saves up to 80% of standby energy, an auto defrost option and a sensor that detects food moisture that automatically calculates the optimal time for cooking; this re-imagining of the microwave may spark a new kind of culinary acceptance. There is no suggested retail price at this time.
- Ceramic enamel interior
- 2.1 cu. ft. capacity
- Efficient Triple Distribution System which cooks food 20% quicker
- 400 CFM exhaust ventilation
- Sensor Cook/Reheat
- Bottom Touch Control Panel
- Power and Auto Defrost
Specs courtesy of: Samsung
Belkin's Chef Stand and Stylus
It may not be the most technologically advanced gadget, but it does thwart a first world problem many of us face when we’re in the kitchen. Modeled after a standard cookbook stand, Belkin developed a Chef Stand for those who use their tablets in the kitchen. Not only does the stand include a stylus which gives users the freedom to interact with the tablet without getting their messy hands all over the screen, all of the components can be hand washed. Don’t feel silly buying this kitchen accessory, it was given honors in the Design and Engineering Showcase at this year’s CES expo. The Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus is being sold for $39.99.
- Non slip rubber base
- Hand washable
- Wand is compatible with any touch screen
The Smoking Gun by PolyScience
Ever since The Modernist Cuisine, culinary accessories are starting to look more like tools we would find in a workshop than a kitchen. PolyScience, a company that prides themselves as being pioneers in scientific culinary technology, have created a hand held food smoker called The Smoking Gun which lets you quickly smoke foods you would not usually be able to with an actual smoker. Think oysters, mayonnaise or even cocktails. The Smoking Gun can be purchased for $99.95.
- One-piece, removable anodized aluminum smoking chamber
- Heavy-duty metal blower fan - will not melt when heated Efficient, low-noise motor
- Excellent for finishing products that are cooked SousVide or other methods where food is not normally directly exposed to fire or smoke
- Runs on 4 AA batteries (included)
Spec courtesy of: Cuisinetechnology.com