A Kitchen Expert’s Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

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Ingrid Abramovitch

A kitchen expert's favorite gadgets; the smartest tools for a cutting-edge kitchen

Oakland, California–based kitchen consultant Mark Stech-Novak has equipped restaurants for some of the world's top chefs, from Thomas Keller to Alain Ducasse. Here, Stech-Novak's guide to the latest status gear for kitchen  obsessives:

  1. The Smoking Gun This handheld food smoker adds flavor at the last minute and is great for delicate foods like seafood.
  2. The Anti-Griddle A unit that freezes sauces and purees on contact. Stech-Novak uses it to make granita "à la minute" or frozen fruit gels that he wraps around mascarpone.
  3. Sous Vide Sous-vide circulators—essential for any chef worth his molecular-cuisine salt—are coming down in price. Try: Sous Vide Professional,; SousVide Supreme,
  4. Rotary Vacuum Evaporator San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson introduced Stech-Novak to this futuristic contraption, which extracts herb aromas and distills flavors to their essence.
  5. Miniature Pizza Oven "Small, discreet, and high-powered, this countertop unit lets you do paper-thin, Neapolitan-style pizza in 90 seconds," he says. New Artisan Fire Pizza Oven, above;
  6. Kalamazoo Hybrid Grill A "really well-built grill" that combines gas and charcoal capabilities: "They will even laser-cut your monogram into the rack so you can brand it onto your steaks."
  7. Coffee Roaster Roast your own beans at home. Stech-Novak got his from Sweet Maria's, an Oakland shop that also sells green coffee beans from all over the world.
  8. Pro Ice-Cream Maker This machine lets you make small batches (one to two quarts) and incorporates mix-ins—from M&Ms to cashews— without pulverizing them. Stoelting Vertical Batch Freezer;
  9. Pacojet Create frozen purees and sorbets in individual portions. "Chefs go crazy for this unit," says Stech-Novak.
  10. Ice-Ball Mold An ice-cube maker that forms a sphere. "I'd serve it with that perfect shot of scotch or vodka," he says.

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Innovation is at the heart of every Kalamazoo product. Each part of the collection – from grills and pizza ovens to refrigeration and cabinetry – represents a significant departure from the established norm. Our passion for outdoor cooking and our fiercely independent design philosophy drive us to establish new industry benchmarks. Consequently, our list of exclusives and innovations speaks for itself.

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