Kitchen Yearbook Vol. 24 2020

Kitchens have become one of the most important features of the home. Built for more than just cooking, kitchens are where we help kids with homework, sit and chat with friends over a coffee, watch a weather report or attempt to replicate favourite cooking show recipes, hence the need for the best appliances and accessories. Kitchen Yearbook provides the latest product news, trends and innovations currently on the market, with projects, products and showrooms featured in the magazine inspiring readers to consider renovating their existing kitchens. Plus there is the usual expert advice, cookbook reviews, and gossip from the interior design world.

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from the editor

The difference between a nicely renovated room and a show-stopping one often comes down to your choice of designer. Yes, you could probably self-source some ideas via magazines and Pinterest and attempt a DIY revamp, but hiring a top-notch designer to work their magic will ensure your new kitchen will retain a polished look for years to come. Choosing the right de signer can sometimes be a daunting task, so we’ve brought the best ones to you. This edition of Kitchen Yearbook features a showcase of designs by some of the most talented members of the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute. Flick to page 48 to learn more about these designers and their projects. If you’ve been eyeing tech-savvy kitchen appliances and products and wondering if you really need them, the answer…

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clever cooking

1. CUISINE WITH CONFIDENCE Beautiful to use, the touchscreen built-in oven from Fisher & Paykel has an 85L total capacity, allowing chefs of all sorts to create several perfectly cooked dishes at once thanks to its multiple shelves. The high-resolution digital interface gives step-by-step instructions for a range of pre-loaded recipes catering for entrees through to dessert. Supported by AeroTech technology, heat is circulated evenly and precisely and a consistent temperature is maintained at every stage of cooking. Pyrolytic self-cleaning technology assists with breaking down food residue at a high temperature. Spend more time thinking about flavours and ingredients and let your oven do the hard work for you. Fisher & Paykel builtin touch screen oven, 76cm, pyrolytic 17 function 115L; 2. COOKING REDEFINED This induction cooktop oozes contemporary living. The Gaggenau…

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technological cool

4.TECH SAVVY If you’re a lover of gadgets, the Samsung Smart refrigerator was made for you! This clever appliance allows you to check the contents of your fridge with a simple swipe and change the temperature no matter where you are. Multitasking is made easy as you can control smartphone apps such as Spotify and YouTube directly from the Family Hub screen. Unwind and watch your favourite TV shows on your fridge while you cook. If this wasn’t impressive enough, use voicecommand to add important dates to your calendar, manage your to-do list and order groceries using your smart fridge. Technology is a piece of cake! Samsung 825L Family Hub fridge; 5. ICE COOL Fisher & Paykel’s CoolDrawer™ is an entertainer’s dream. Designed to change from refrigerator to freezer at the touch…

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all the bells and whistles

7. SUPERFOOD FUEL Perfectly suited to busy family life, or those who like a liquid breakfast, the NutriBullet Blender Combo offers home cooks the ultimate smoothie solution. This do-it-all device is equipped with three speed settings including a pulse function and extraction program. An added feature is the ability to blend hot foods and liquids when the 1.8L pitcher is in use. Its new-look design and enhanced cyclonic-action ‘nutrition extraction’ technology converts whole vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds into liquid fuel while maintaining their nutritional value. This is next-level blending and we love it. NutriBullet Blender Combo (Available in 1000- and 1200-watt options); 8. WHAT’S COOKING? Tefal’s Cook4Me+ Connect is an intelligent multicooker that guides you to cook your daily meals quickly and easily. This nifty and clever cooker includes Bluetooth connectivity,…

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bright ideas

10. KITCHEN COMPANION The Facebook Portal is not your regular tablet. It has features such as Facebook messenger and WhatsApp built in, and unlike other video calling tools, it comes with Smart Camera and Smart Sound which automatically pan and zoom to keep up with the action (like when you’re moving around a kitchen preparing dinner!). It enhances the voice of whoever is talking while minimising background noise — dishwasher, microwave and stove sounds begone! The Portal is perfect for those who are new to the idea of smart kitchen security as you can easily disable the camera and microphone or block the lens with the camera cover. Portal comes with Amazon Alexa built in so you can check who’s at the front door, listen to your favourite meal-prepping tunes or…

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scullery vs butler's pantry

Ting! Ting! Ting! The house is a flurry of activity. The chef hurries the kitchen team along as one scullery maid places the final sprigs of rosemary on the plates, another following close behind with golden-domed cloches. The butler runs a critical eye over the silverware, pausing when he spots — horror of horrors — a fingerprint on madam’s soup spoon. Quickly, he polishes it until it sports a brilliant silver sheen. They are ready. Dinner is about to be served. The above reads like a scene from Downton Abbey and in reality, we don’t live like that anymore. Yet two crucial components of modern kitchen design stem from these older time periods — the scullery and the butler’s pantry. Traditionally, the scullery was a place where the kitchen team prepared and…