Written on: 03/11/2010 by perrywinkle9 (1 review written)
There is something special about having a 'Kenwwod Chef.' Some of my earliest kitchen memories involve using one to make cakes at my Gran's house. Ever since I was young any kitchen that I have been in that doesn't have one has seemed incomplete.
I was lucky to receive a 'Kenwood Chef Classic' for Christmas last year and it has quickly become the most used food preparation tool in my kitchen. The 'Chef' is a great looking machine and has the same basic design as was used in the 1950's. The 'Chef' is considered by it's fans (me included.) to be virtually indestructible by anything you are likely to use it for, indeed my Gran's 'Chef' which was a gift for her in the seventies is still going strong. The 'Chef's' reliability and versatility have given it almost a cult following.
When I received my chef it came with; a spatula, a 'K' beater, a balloon whisk, a dough hook, a liquidizer, a multi mill, a splash guard, a cookery book and DVD and of course the chef itself. The only two items that I received with mine that my gran didn't all those years ago were the splash guard and the DVD.
The K beater is the item that would probably be used the most as it works like a standard food mixer. The balloon whisk is a decent tool and really takes the arm ache out of large whisking jobs. I was a little apprehensive of using the dough hook as I make my own bread but have hated using bread machines, I find bread machine bread has something indescribable wrong with it. Here though I was delighted with the results, there are only a few odd breads such as brioche that I prefer to make by hand, in terms of kneading the bread the chef is a real time saver.
My wife always used to complain when I was baking that I was making a mess in the kitchen, now I use the chef for most baking jobs she is much happier. The liquidizer that came with the chef is of a much higher quality than the standalone one that we previously had and is also much easier to clean, our old liquidizer has been donated to a charity shop. The cookery book is a great starting place for a lot of the different attachments and I would recommend following a couple of the recipes to see how to make your favourite recipes easier by making them using the 'Chef'. I have not yet used the multi mill.
There are a great number of attachments you can buy to make light work of many jobs in the kitchen. So far I have only bought the ice cream maker, which really is so easy to use. I am desperate to get hold of the grain mill that would bring a whole new level to the meaning of making stuff from scratch.
This is one product that I would not want to be without. I cannot recommend the Kenwood Chef and all of it's attachments highly enough. If you were able to give some outstanding products higher than five stars this would have ten. A Kenwood kitchen machine will set you back between £130-300, shop around and make sure you get the right one for your needs.
**originally posted on dooyoo**