Ranges and Cooktops
Technology company Innit® is collaborating with LG Electronics USA to deliver smart kitchen solutions that make everyday cooking less complicated and time-consuming for home cooks of all skill levels. At this year’s CES® 2018 and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, LG and Innit demonstrated how Innit works with 2018 Wi-Fi-connected LG smart ovens and ranges to help families plan, shop, prepare and cook meals with more confidence.
Innit’s automated cooking programs work seamlessly with LG connected ovens and ranges featuring the company’s LG SmartThinQ™ technology to help at-home chefs create meals with step-by-step support — from getting personalized meal recommendations and real-time cooking guidance to automatically programming their LG ovens with customized cooking programs for delicious results every time.
Starting with personalized recommendations in the Innit mobile app, consumers can customize delicious meals based on diet, allergies and dislikes. They can customize every element of the meal, including protein, starch, vegetables, and sauces, allowing them to experiment with new flavors and ingredients to match their cravings or make the most of what’s in the refrigerator.
Once consumers design the perfect personalized meal, Innit acts as a “Culinary GPS” system with how-to videos and real-time cooking guidance that update with every meal customization. The Innit app intelligently sequences multiple steps from several dishes simultaneously, saving time and ensuring that all components of the meal are ready at the same time. Once it’s time to cook, Innit’s adaptive cooking programs seamlessly send cooking instructions — including cooking temperature, mode and timing all customized to the selected dish — to LG smart appliances.
Innit will launch later this year across LG’s expansive portfolio of home appliances in the US.
Hestan has announced its upcoming line of indoor kitchen appliances for home chefs. The line, which will include ranges, rangetops, cooktops, ovens, refrigeration, dishwashers and ventilation, will be available for purchase in the summer of 2018.
“We are very excited about our latest endeavor,” said company Founder Stanley Cheng. “Hestan products withstand the rigorous and precise demands of some of the most discerning Michelin-starred restaurants, including the kitchens of culinary legend, Chef Thomas Keller. Our engineers have parlayed this same level of quality and attention to detail to our new residential indoor line.”
Hestan launched its award-winning line of outdoor grills in 2016, marking the culinary innovator’s first foray into the residential arena. Today, Hestan Outdoor has been recognized for both functionality and design, winning the TWICE VIP Award, the Excellence in Design (EID) Gold Award (2017) and VESTA Awards for both best gas grill and best in show at the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Expo (2016).
Hestan Indoor products will be presented to dealers at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), scheduled for January 9-11 in Orlando, Florida. Consumer availability is expected in the third quarter of 2018.
“Equipped with products that have been rigorously tested at our southern California facilities, Hestan promises to deliver the most reliable kitchens for discerning home chefs,” said Basil Larkin, Vice President of Sales. “While product details are tightly under wraps until KBIS, the market has expressed readiness for a player like Hestan to bring commercial quality and true innovation to home kitchens.”
Miele is introducing two new Gas on Glass cooktops. The sophisticated Gas on Glass cooktops, are designed for life: the configuration of both allows for even heat, easy clean-up and assured safety while cooking.
Available in 24-inch and 36-inch options, the black glass cooktops have a centally located control panel with stainless steel knobs. With Miele QuickStart technology, the rotary electronic controls switch the burners on without needing to press or hold the controls. Both cooktops also include Miele signature ComfortClean dishwasher-safe grates, made for easy pot and pan transfer between burners.
To ensure a safe cooking experience with each use, the GasStop & Restart feature will automatically re-ignite the flame if the flame withers while cooking. If the re-ignition fails, the gas supply is temporarily withdrawn for optimal safety.
The Miele KM 3010 24-inch Gas on Glass cooktop with stainless steel trim offers incredible cooking power with four sealed burners, designed for different heat levels. The high speed burner reaches 9,300 BTU while the simmer burner can reach as low as 3,750 BTU – ideal for simmering delicate ingredients such as chocolate or butter. The two standard burners reach 5,800 BTU and can be modified with minimal effort.
The Miele KM 3054 36-inch Gas on Glass cooktop provides additional power, featuring the same burners as the KM 3010 option with an additional Super (Wok) burner that can reach 16,500 BTU. This model also includes a timer and indicator lighting.
The cooktops retail for $1,199 (KM3010) and $1,999 (KM3054) and will be available for purchase through Miele authorized dealers.
Now available in a complete suite of appliances, the black floating glass collection from Jenn-Air offers a sleek and equally versatile option to stainless steel appliances. The newly-available full collection includes built-in wall ovens in single, double and combination microwave/wall oven configurations; a cabinet-depth French door refrigerator; electric, gas, and duel-fuel 30-inch slide in ranges; and its high performance dishwashers. In addition, the brand’s collection of low profile canopy and pyramid style hoods feature black glass that pairs with both stainless steel and black floating glass.
BlueStar® announced that Heidi Piron, of Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry, Summit, New Jersey, took the top prize in its first-ever Kitchen Design Competition. Acclaimed designer Eric Cohler, the lead judge for the contest, made the announcement live from the BlueStar exhibit space at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City.
While the judges applauded all finalists for their thoughtful designs and creative use of BlueStar appliances in multiple colors and metal trims, Piron’s entry, dubbed ‘Star Attraction,’ edged out in front through its thoughtful display of a gorgeous custom hood, the jewel in the crown, and its smart use of space and appliances.
“The winning design reflects an industrial style which is trending now, with the classic blending of black and white,” said Cohler. “Being a neutral, black is never not in style, but it is enjoying a rebirth, especially matte black in the kitchen. It is extremely versatile, so that it can be incredibly dramatic or serve as an accent against a white palette – another neutral that is in vogue now as well.”
BlueStar’s rugged good looks and power fit perfectly with the industrial kitchen style, marrying design and performance seamlessly. BlueStar’s matte black appliances – as well as its 750+ other color options – blend well within a commercially styled space, especially when outfitted with metal finishes in stainless, burnished brass or copper.
The contest, which attracted entries from across the country, honors design professionals who incorporate BlueStar products into innovative, beautiful kitchen designs. The Grand Prize winner receives BlueStar appliances for his/her home kitchen plus a trip to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. In addition to Cohler, the judging panel included four industry professionals – Amanda Nisbet, Brett Beldock, Ken Kelly and Grace Kelly.
The winning kitchen design was built around the BlueStar gas range. The matte black of the range recurs in the beverage area, which features a backsplash in a shimmery bronze tile that sets a festive mood. The custom range hood was powder coated matte black to match the range.
From a design perspective, the range and hood combination is the star attraction of the kitchen. Oversize white subway tile with gray grout to the ceiling add to the drama of the curved range hood that is slightly larger than the range. Everything is within close reach of the range—the adjacent spice drawer, the pullout drawers for the pots and pans, and the four-seater island to serve family and guests. Built into the back of the island is another unique design element of the kitchen: the seven-inch thick butcher’s block made of natural walnut, set on a walnut furniture base cabinet. “This allows the chef of the house to face his audience as he chops without ever having to grab a cutting board,” explained Piron. The countertop is a leathered quartzite in a light gray that is durable and low maintenance. The black matte recurs in the beverage area, which features a backsplash in a shimmery bronze tile that sets a festive mood.
The 2017 competition is open for entries from March 21, 2016 through January 31, 2017. The kitchen design entry can be any style kitchen. A minimum of one BlueStar cooking appliance as the primary cooking appliance is required. Ranges, rangetops, ovens and cooktops meet this requirement. Official rules and entry criteria can be found at www.bluestarcooking.com/designcontest.