You’d be forgiven for thinking you just ate more than you could chew when the new Cooking Chef XL from Kenwood. Considering its multitude of accessories, the device comes in an oversized box that looks like what you just bought from a mid-size bar fridge. Open it up though, and things look a lot more manageable. Despite the “XL” label, the new look and function of Kenwood Cooking Chef fits perfectly on a table top and is just edgy enough to look great while doing it.
As Kenwood’s most advanced stand mixer to date, it’s the multi-functional beast of a kitchen helper, and uses no less than 24 attachments for the best others when it comes to everything from weighing and from whipping to melting, leavening, steaming, slow cooking, frying, and more. Think of it as a cheat code that overrides just about every other kitchen appliance you own and outperforms them in their individual functions with precision and reliability.
Design and performance
Although it weighs around 10kg and is taller and wider than I would have liked, I cannot understand how attractive the Kenwood Cooking Chef XL is. It’s clear that the team has been thinking as much about design as it is about function. The large, solid body contributes to the brand’s reputation for producing devices with longevity in mind, and most of the accessories are made of stainless steel, adding a bit of weight but ensuring a cachet of consistency that it would be unreasonable to buy. expect less quality cuisine. Appliances. Plus, dishwasher compatibility certainly helps, as the accessories are all so versatile and easy to use that you are likely to have to clean several of them almost daily.
The heavy, high-capacity bowl where all this culinary theater will take place is cleverly designed with a narrow bottom, so bakers can easily put more dough and nail the texture of any cupcake – and unsurprisingly, this Giant stand mixer will turn you into a zero to hero variety baking pro in no time.
Considering the price, you hope Kenwood paid attention to the little details. They have. Even the slit the cable passes through is wide and generous enough that the cord is flexible and adaptable to your space. It can be as short or as long as you want, which definitely helps complement the ergonomic design.
Another strong feature is a light that can be turned on and off so you can see exactly what you are doing in the bowl. It’s these little features that help complete the Kenwood Cooking Chef XL and build on a heritage stretching back decades, further boosting the brand’s reliability in painless kitchen appliances. This is the most refined stand mixer I have ever seen.
The built-in EasyWeigh scales help accurately measure just about anything and display it in big, bold print on the 4.3-inch CookAssist display. Not only is this touchscreen easy to navigate, its great readability and the ability to customize it visually (you can even choose from different backgrounds) make it easy to follow every step of a recipe.
Being able to knead dough or steam an entire dish with the push of a button saved immeasurable time in the kitchen and quickly made Cooking Chef XL an integral part of my daily routine.
Being someone who leaves the apartment at 8am and returns at 8pm, I unwittingly joined the ranks of those home cooks who are running out of time and end up giving up and starting to love ready-to-reheat meals. Since I added Cooking Chef XL to my paltry kitchen, I can prepare a generous and nutritious meal as part of my busy schedule, and I finally have time to get back to cooking without having to wait for the Sunday.
The other important feature of the Cooking Chef XL, especially compared to other appliances on the market, is a clearly well-designed capacity for induction cooking. Kenwood claims the widest, most consistent, and most accurate temperature range of any blender to increase the amount of food you can cook. The range, from 20 * C to 180 * C, definitely plays into this statement, and I have found that the bowl can easily handle dense mixing and produce incredible results.
A good example was the Thai vegan green curry provided as part of Kenwood’s growing stock of easy-to-follow recipes (also accessible through the Kenwood World app). Not only was the preparation incredibly easy and intuitive thanks to the scale system, but also the ability to cook at exactly the right temperatures without having to wait for a heat source to do its job – invaluable. The results were something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to bring to a dinner party.
All the expected accessories are there, allowing you to squeeze, slice, grate, chop, knead, etc. without much effort. What’s really remarkable is how sturdy and well-designed all of these accessories are. They all come with a lifetime warranty, are fully dishwasher safe, and have clearly been refined with some of the more common stand mixer complaints in mind. Being able to easily adjust them in seconds is one, while another would be able to scrape every bit of liquid off the sides of the bowl to help with precision.
Because that’s really what Kenwood Cooking Chef XL is all about. Precision. Everything here is so beautifully thought out to reiterate the fact that when baking, baking, or doing absolutely anything in the kitchen, the details matter more than anything else. And sometimes the smallest adjustments can make the biggest differences in flavor.
Of course, this is obvious. But it’s so easy to cut corners in recipes and think that little shortcuts won’t have much of an impact. With the Cooking Chef XL, I don’t have to take any shortcuts, which helps me gain confidence in the kitchen.
Verdict & Value
The performance is indisputable. While I haven’t played with as many of these high-end kitchen appliances as I would have liked, the Kenwood Cooking Chef XL is one of those appliances where even after a short while you can’t imagine what you were doing before it happened.
This kind of excellence comes at a very high price. $ 2,000 high. The price of these types of devices always fluctuates soon after release, so you could probably buy them a little cheaper in a few months – regardless, that’s a hefty investment.
But it’s worth it. As long as your kitchen isn’t already loaded with appliances that can do a pretty good job. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has just left home or to chefs who are short on time and want something a little more sophisticated and advanced to help them improve their cooking game. Plus, it’s a great showcase to show just how perfect induction cooking can be when it’s designed well.
Considering the price, you might want to consider whether you need the extra bowl capacity that comes with the XL version compared to the non-XL version. You’ll also want to consider it based on your individual schedule. For example, if you are short on time like me and like to do various things in the kitchen (or want to hone your cooking skills) then the value of this machine is obviously going to be dramatically increased. However, if you’re already smart and efficient enough in the kitchen, calm down and have enough time on weeknights to prepare a meal, the value will go the other way around.
FIVE STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
Strong points: A wide range of easy to clean and intelligently designed accessories; large capacity bowl; thin despite its weight; reliable induction cooking with a good temperature range; the touchscreen and the app work seamlessly; Kenwood has a large store of recipes; smart replacement for many other kitchen appliances.
Weak points : Very expensive so you really should need before making the investment.
Price:: $ 1,999
Device provided by Kenwood for review.