The quiet kitchen
Cutting-edge kitchen appliances are a vital ingredient in the success of top chef, Masterchef New Zealand judge and successful restaurateur Simon Gault. So what better man to show us some of the best around?
Professional culinary results don’t come from working surfaces cluttered with food scraps. If you haven’t the time or space for composting, a food waste disposer is the option. Clean, efficient and safe, they fit easily to most standard sink units. They use only about 1% of an average home’s annual water consumption and present no problems for any waste treatment system, whether public sewer or septic tanks. Even the talk of the scraps being converted to energy in the form of biogas at sewerage plants is common practice these days. But some models can be a little noisy. So Gault recommends the Insinkerator Evolution 200. It packs superior performance and creates at least 60% less sound in your kitchen than the entry-level models. “It’s unbelievably quiet,” he says. Trying to create culinary delights and a relaxed atmosphere in a fog of heat and steam is also a nonstarter, especially in the latest open plan settings. But some rangehoods can also add enough decibels to rule out pre-dinner conversation. Gault has got round that with a German-inspired Schweigen system. Uniquely, the fan and motor are mounted on the roof or external wall outlet, instead of next to your head. “Guests don’t have to hear a jet engine in my kitchen,” he says, and while ordinary rangehoods can use about 180 watts or more, the super efficient ISO Drive system runs on just 62 watts. Finally, there’s no need to be waiting around for kettles to get piping hot water for perfectly timed pastas, sauces, cleaning up and coffee or tea afterwards. The Insinkerator Steaming Hot water tap can pump out 100 cups of 98oc filtered water per hour. Gault describes it as: “The one thing I couldn’t do without in my kitchen.”