Chef Kurt von Kahle talks Induction Cooking with EuroChef

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 9.34.05 AMKurt von Kahle, chef and culinary appliance consultant from Kurt’s Kitchen, spoke to EuroChef about one of the hottest technologies for pro chefs – induction cooking. Induction cooking technology was first introduced at the Chicago World Fair in the early 1900s, but hadn’t received much popularity until it was perfected in the year 2000.

Many consumers are unaware of all the great benefits that induction cooking has to offer, so we reached out to Chef Kurt for a Q&A.

Q: Why is induction cooking considered “the hottest new thing” for pro chefs? How could this be applicable for consumers as well?
A: I wouldn’t consider it new for chefs. Many Hotels or off premise small kitchenettes have provided Induction Cooktops for years. In these areas, Ventilation was an issue and in a commercial setting, a fire suppression system was required. Since an Induction top doesn’t produce a heat that can cause fire, it works out well in these environments. Another application is on buffets where the food can be kept in a pan on display simmering over an induction top. This is used in some Whole Food Stores in their prepared food department. In fine dining where there used to be table side flame dishes such as Bananas Foster, the open flame is not allowed anymore so induction has been the go to for safety and consistency.

Q: Do certain recipes work better on induction cooktops than traditional gas or electric ranges? Why?
A: Two of the big selling points for cooktops are High Heat and Low Simmer. Depending on the pan selection, the high heat for searing is exceptional on Induction. Low Simmer can run at a constant instead of a ‘Surging’ effect that typical electric burners provide. Compared to Gas, the cooktop or range top has to offer the highs and lows that are more costly and require more powerful ventilation.

Q: What makes induction a safer choice for consumers?
A: Can’t cause a fire even if you wanted to!

Q: Are induction cooktops still pricey? Are they expensive to fix?
A: Yes but weigh this against a more powerful range top with a great low simmer along with installation of adequate ventilation. Now there are more induction cooktops in the industry, so availability of parts along with training for service people nationally has increased making service less expensive.

Q:For consumers that enjoy wok cooking, how can they get that same even cook they would get with wok rings and round-bottom wok pans?
A: Place a flat bottom wok on the cooktop and cover with a lid for a minute during the heat up period.

Q: Some interviews suggest that the controls and cook settings on induction cooktops can be tricky, do you agree?
A: They are no different than electric glass tops on the market. The biggest issue is for consumers to keep the control area dry, don’t place utensils, towels or hot pans on the the controllers. If your hands are cold, wet or covered with flour or some food it may not allow the controls to see or register your fingers.

Both ILVE and Verona Appliances offer Induction options for consumers. Please visit our links below for more information:

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Be sure to checkout Kurt’s Kitchen website and his YouTube channel, featuring his ILVE videos.

ILVE Appliances Introduces New RAL Custom Color Program for Ranges and Hoods

ILVERALEDGEWOOD, NEW YORK – September, 2015 – ILVE, known for handmade custom Italian appliances, launches a Custom Color Program for ranges and hoods available in 213 RAL Classic colors. The Custom Color Program is available for both ILVE collections, the Majestic and Nostalgie. Both series are available in standard colors (7 for Majestic and 8 for Nostalgie), and with the new Custom Color Program over 220 colors are available resulting in more personalized options than ever before.

ILVE ranges are available in six standard American sizes, 60”, 48”, 40”, 36”, 30”, and a perfect city-sized 24” option in the Nostalgie line. Both single and double oven options are available, as well as dual fuel and all gas connection choices.

More Information:

• Trim accents can be ordered in brass, chrome or oil rubbed bronze
• Plinth, claw foot or tubular legs are available as well as a wrap around toe kick
• The Majestic series can be customized with contemporary Techno trim for a more modern look
• Lead time for custom ranges runs between 6-10 weeks
• RAL Custom Color upcharge is $1999 UMRP on top of the stainless steel price for ranges, and an upcharge of $899 UMRP on top of the stainless steel price for hoods.

ILVE ranges maximize energy without compromising performance

Featuring the highest green energy ratings in the industry, ILVE ranges maximize energy without compromising performance. Similar to the Energy Star ratings in the United States, the European EU rating scored all ILVE ranges an A, the highest possible score for performance and energy consumption. Below are the four ways ILVE ranges work to maximize energy efficiency.

Featuring the highest green energy ratings in the industry – ILVE ranges Maximize Energy without Compromising Performance.

Featuring the highest green energy ratings in the industry – ILVE ranges Maximize Energy without Compromising Performance.

High-Output Burner

The triple flame burner, which is made out of brass, burns cleaner than your ordinary burner with both propane and natural gas. Because the flame burns closer to the grates, the 15,500 BTU burner burns to the equivalent of a 20,000 BTU burner.

8-Minute Preheat

The electric oven preheats to 350°F in less than 8 minutes. ILVE appliances are the only pro-range on the marketplace that offers an 8-minute preheat, compared to the 18-24 minute time of most other pro-range series.

Triple-Pane Glass Doors

ILVE ovens have a removable triple-pane glass door, which allows for better heat insulation. Since these doors trap heat so effectively, less energy is used during cooking. Additionally, these glass doors are removable for easy cleaning.

Warming Drawer

All ILVE ranges are equipped with warming drawers. These drawers use the heat from the oven to keep food warm, so no additional energy is being used.

ILVE’s Green Story video can be viewed here.