Bon Apetech! Cooking goes high-tech

Induction cooking heats only the pan. Beneath the surface are electromagnets that heat up anything that contains iron. That means it won't work with glass or copper cookware, but it will with just about anything that a magnet will stick to. And you won't burn yourself on the surface, because the cookware is the heating element. Because of that, it's twice as efficient as electric or gas cooking, and everything turns on and off instantly.

Many government websites warn against using the appearance of food as an indication of temperature, and recommend using forks that have a temperature-sensing tine. However, today's digital chef also wants a point-and-shoot digital thermometer.

Point-and-shoot thermometers were designed to test the temperature of computer chips, and auto engines. But home chefs soon adapted them.

Keychain-size versions start at $20, but pro models such as the Fluke from Le Sanctuaire add a timer, celcius and food probe.

So you can't be a TV chef, but you can be a radio chef. There is a belt clip that uses the Digital Remote Thermometer to notify you up to 150 feet away.Now, you can monitor the temperature while you catch up on back episodes of Iron Chef.

Who's driving the boom in all this kitchen tech? A new generation of Boomer chefs -- trained by a new breed of professional chef instructors.

Larissa Taboryski teaches home chefs and professional chefs in the kitchens of Purcell Murray in Brisbane.

"Let go of old perceptions of cooking," she says, "for the Boomer generation. Because, if we want to stay in our homes, we need a lot of smart technology. A little education just transforms people's perception of how to cook."

I'll toast to that. And speaking of toast, the Testa Rosa of Toasters, a Bugatti for bagels, is the Breville Smart Toaster. It has 12 blue LED backlit controls, a Lift-to-Look feature, and... a bread elevator. Just for fun. If that's not enough, a British company has a way to tattoo eggs. The tattoo changes color when the egg is properly cooked.

Bon apetech!

------- Links ------- From Thermador Home Appliances http://www.thermador.com/
Kitchens and appliances used by Richard Hart are in the showroom of PURCELL MURRAY in Brisbane.
Purcell Murray http://www.purcellmurray.com/indexfla.cfm
800-892-4040
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CHEF'S THERMOMETER FORK/Fourchette à Thermomèter $29.95.
DIGITAL REMOTE THERMOMETER/Williams-Sonoma $49.95.
ELEVATOR TOASTER/Breville Die-Cast Toaster $179.95.
From WILLIAMS-SONOMA
Williams-Sonoma http://www.williams-sonoma.com/index.cfm
877-812-6235
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FOODPRO PLUS NON-CONTACT THERMOMETER by Fluke $185.
From Le Sanctuaire
Le Sanctuaire Shop http://tinyurl.com/3z8a63
415-986-4216
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TOUCHLESS THERMOMETER THERMO HAWK 420 $44.99
From Q3 Innovation
Q3 Innovations http://www.q3i.com/
888-339-1687
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INFRARED TEMPERATURE MONITOR by Performance Devices $39.95.
From Shopatron.com http://tinyurl.com/4kkfyk
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DRINK COOLER by Piet Hein $29.99.
From ThinkGeek http://tinyurl.com/69l3oh
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MSRP: $1,949 to $3,599 depending upon model

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