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The Masterchef Effect
Posted by Hayley Gilbert Tuesday, 18th March 2014
Thanks to the popularity of cookery programmes such as MasterChef, The Great British Bake Off and, more recently, The Taste, many of us are trying our hand at exotic new dishes, experimenting with new flavours and ingredients and expecting professional results in return. I’m a firm believer that your kitchen kit can make all the difference. I’m no Nigella, but I know that having the right tools and appliances really does elevate my cooking – in some parts compensating for my lack of skills – but also enabling me to do things more easily and quickly while also doing it ‘properly’ as it were. Having the right appliance also makes you braver in the kitchen. I’d never attempted meringues before I bought a stand mixer. Now it’s Pavlovas most weekends!
Whether you’re cooking for friends, family or yourself, there’s a Rangemaster range cooker out there to suit. For perfectionists, the Professional collection offers a choice of fuel types depending on model – dual fuel, ceramic, all gas and induction – along with high-spec features such as multifunction ovens, full width storage drawer, glide-out grill, rapid response, Handyrack, Handygrill and wok cradle on gas burner designs. I also love the idea of the cast aluminium griddle plate, which sits neatly on top of the gas hob and is perfect for cooking bacon, French toast, salmon steaks, prawns… with a grooved plate to drain the fat away, so even the odd burger is allowed!
Looks are also important so if you favour a more contemporary style cooker, the Hi-LITE features a sleek illuminated fascia, which is sure to wow guests after dark. I love the Monaco Blue and Slate colours but I also think the White version is bang on trend right now. In 90cm and 110cm widths, it also boasts increased pan space – good news for any cook – as well as robust cast iron pan supports, warming zone and easy clean linings.
For versatile hob top cooking, the TFS110NG is a large, low-profile cooktop with five burners including multi-ring, glass warming zone and a choice of stainless steel or black hotplate. Team with the Rangemaster Toledo FS double oven and you’ve created your very own range-style cooker.
Whatever cooker or oven you go for, every kitchen needs efficient extraction to remove odours and steam. Rangemaster has a new collection of hoods called the Infusion Hood range – and it’s as eye-catching as it is powerful and practical. With designs like Opal, Bellini, Vesper and Zest, you can instantly bring a designer look to your room as each extractor appears like a work of art in its own right. To make sure you choose the right model, you’ll need to check the minimum extraction rate, which is measured in metres cubed per hour. To calculate the rate required for your kitchen, multiply the volume of your room by 10. For instance, if your kitchen is 3 metres wide, 5 metres long and 2.7 metres high, you need to calculate (3 x 5 x 2.7) x 10, which equals 405. This means that you need a hood with a minimum extraction rate of 400m3/h.
As well as range cookers, built-in cooking, hoods and splashbacks, Rangemaster also offers a selection of dishwashers and refrigeration too, so you really can kit out the whole kitchen in a co-ordinating design. Now, what time is Food & Drink on?