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Kenwood Cooking Chef now available in the U.S.

It cooks, it mixes, it blends, chops and stirs. But was the Kenwood Cooking Chef worth the wait?

If you can think it, the Kenwood Cooking Chef can probably cook it or prep it.
If you can think it, the Kenwood Cooking Chef can probably cook it or prep it. Williams Sonoma

Way back in October 2009, I wrote about the Kenwood Cooking Chef. The device has finally made it to the U.S. What sort of gadget is this machine that has taken so long to grace our shores? Well, the answer appears to be more of what it isn't as opposed to what it is.

Combining a stand mixer with an induction plate, the multitasking appliance carves out a new niche on the countertop. By allowing chefs to cook directly in the work bowl, the Kenwood Cooking Chef offers a new way to operate in the kitchen.

The highly precise induction heating element has a range of 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 284 degrees Fahrenheit and is designed to be put to use while the appliance is in use. The end result is that soup, pasta, rice dishes and more can be simultaneously cooked and mixed at the same time. But that is only the start.

In addition to the accessories one would expect to find with a stand mixer (like a dough hook, whisk, and stirring tool), the appliance also comes with attachments allowing it to be used as a blender and a food processor. The one appliance can literally handle everything from making soup to chopping nuts.

Has it been worth the wait? Well, that depends. At a price of just about two grand, this overachieving appliance is pretty much designed for the person who has everything. Then again, for the person who has everything, maybe all they need is an appliance that actually does everything. Either way, perhaps it's best to check back in another three years to see if it has become a little more affordable.