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I can't think of anyone who enjoys cooking or who simply wants a kitchen with the wow factor, that wouldn't wish for some of the state of the art appliances on KitchenAid's stand. I was pulled on by the striking red appliances that match the less covetable ones I already own but John soon called me over to examine the clever Twelix oven with its convection system and 33 cooking modes - and, most importantly - its demo mode which allows showroom staff to show potential purchases exactly what the oven can do and how easy it is to use, without the risk of it heating up!
Adam Aldred-Lane (pictured) talked us through the demo which led me to believe that even an inexperienced 10 year old could produce a perfectly cooked joint of beef without having to ask mum how to do it. We liked the fact that it has two cooking elements rather than one, which gives real flexibility in cooking. Adam said that one of the advantages of this is that cooks don't have to blind-bake flans prior to filling, which saves energy in more ways than one.
Adam said the stand had been incredibly busy throughout the show and that like me, visitors had been drawn on by the brightly coloured appliances but ended up admiring the Twelix. "We knew we had a good product in the Twelix but really didn't think we'd get this much interest in it!" he confessed.
Also on show was the ultimate cooking system, the Chef Touch, which brings the Sous Vide cooking method to the home that until now has only been available in the world's finest restaurants. The system comprises a vacuum machine, a steam oven and a shock freezer. The trio brings out the most delicate flavours of every ingredient, with fruit, fish, meat and vegetables all maintaining their full flavour and natural succulence without drying out or becoming overcooked.
A variety of hobs was also on show including the nanotechnology iXelium gas hob with the anti-ageing application to maintain the hob's good looks for its lifetime. The unusual and iconic Step hob, an innovative concept with two induction zones and three powerful high gas burners, was also on display. To complete the line-up there was the latest induction hob and the stunning gas-on-glass hob combination with its triple crown burner, wok adapter and solid cast iron pan supports with robust controls.
The microwave combi (KMPC 3610) with sensor and steam cooking technology, crisp setting and 13 traditional and special functions is clearly one to look out for. Additionally, we liked the sleek, handle-less warming drawer with push-push functionality. Highly flexible, it takes six-place settings and has variable temperature to warm crockery, as well as keep food hot, and makes for very handy addition to any kitchen.
Several models of refrigeration were also showcased including the three door cladded fridge freezer, (KRFC 9010), with a new chilled and filtered water dispenser. For those requiring versatile installation the double refrigerator drawers, (KRDD 9010), appears to be the perfect complement to the kitchen. For a fine wine collection, the single wine drawer (KRWS 9010), will protect from harmful light and minimise vibration in a temperature controlled environment perfectly.
Dishwashing was represented by the fully integrated Pro Clean dishwasher (KDX 6030). The 12-place setting appliance has the benefit of sensor technology and a steam programme and is very quiet in operation with a special overnight programme that whispers along at just 39 dB(A).
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9th March 2012