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The History
of Kenwood
Stand Mixers

When Kenneth Wood first founded our company, he cleverly redesigned the electric toaster to allow the user to toast both sides without touching the bread. Three years later in 1950, he completely revolutionized kitchens with the launch of the Chef.

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1947

1947 was a good year for Britain: it was the year that Cambridge allowed full membership for women for the first time; the year that eight theatre companies gate-crashed the Edinburgh International Festival which was the beginnings of what is now the largest arts festival in the world – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; and the year that Queen Elizabeth II married The Duke of Edinburgh to a televised audience of 400,000.  It was also the year that Kenneth Wood cleverly redesigned the electric toaster to toast both sides without touching the bread. It may seem like a simple design to us today, but it paved the way for us to revolutionise the kitchen appliances we know and love today.

Kenneth’s ideas soon outgrew his garage, taking him (and his then business partner, Roger Laurence), to his first factory in Woking and the business grew from there. We have a habit of looking forward; of driving the very best in design and technology in our products so you can make the food you love. But we wouldn’t be where we are today without decades of innovation...

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1948

The Founder
Food Mixer A200

Four speeds, two bowls, twin beater mixers, a mincer, fruit juice extractor, whisk, and even a buffer for getting your cutlery gleaming in no time. The first Kenwood Food Mixer was an instant hit in households around the world.

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1950

The Trailblazer
Chef Mixer A700

  With its grand launch at The Ideal Home Exhibition, the first ever Kenwood Chef set a legacy that has lived on ever since. Its secret ingredient? The planetary action which results in ‘double thorough mixing’. It offered a complete food preparation system thanks to a range of attachments. Combining function and modern design, it was – and still is – a kitchen icon.

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1962

The Redesign
Chef Mixer A701A
 
After the global success of the Chef in the 1950s, the change in fashion and trends called for a makeover. Behold, the A701A Chef. With an enhanced motor, gearbox and belt drive, plus a new modern look, it became the aspirational object for every home, capturing the mood of the swinging 60s.

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1976

The Superior
Chef A901

Keeping with a similar aesthetic, though more slender, the workings of this Chef were totally different. The speed control was redesigned. It wasn’t just for home cooks, but for professionals too. And, for the first time ever, it came in a range of bold and exciting colours.

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1981

The Epicurean
Chef De Luxe A901DL
 
Beige with a brown trim, the A901DL came with a stainless steel bowl and a splash guard. This was the epitome of the 80s and luxury at its best.

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1998

The Powerhouse
Chef KM400
 
More and more households were juggling work with families and needed meals ready in 20 minutes. So, the KM400 came with more power for larger quantities, the capability to deal with pasta dough, and a new gearbox to power a new attachment – a food processor.

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2017

The Future
Chef Sense KVC5000
 
Fast forward to the 21st century but keeping true to that popular 60s silhouette, the new Chef Sense offered three bowl attachments for every mixing need – the K beater, the dough hook and the balloon whisk. In addition, it provided an extra-large feed tube and 1100W motor to handle tougher mixes, and came in a range of muted pastels.
  
2017 also saw the release of the Titanium Chef KVC7300. With a 1500W motor, an enormous 4.6L mixing bowl (with in-bowl illumination) and variable speed control, the Titanium was the more powerful upgrade of its sibling, the Chef Sense.

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2020

The Chef that Cooks
The new Kenwood Cooking Chef XL indulges a passion for food, supporting culinary creations from preparation to perfection. Its CookAssist™ 4.3” Touch Screen offers expertly crafted pre-set functions such as dough proving and swiss meringue, ensuring best results, at the touch of a button.

The Cooking Chef XL also connects seamlessly to the Kenwood World app, allowing step by step connectivity to tried and tested recipes created by our passionate in-house chefs.

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The Ultimate Chef
In 2020, we also launched the Titanium Chef Patissier XL. There’s so much we can say about it. More than a mixer, it delivers expert results through generations of innovation. It can prove bread and melt ingredients in the mixing bowl, and the preset functions on the touchscreen allow for precision results. The use of in-bowl weighing saves time (and washing up!) And there’s so much more. Meet your new Chef, the Titanium Chef Patissier XL.

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2021

Today
The Titanium Chef Baker brings the addition of integrated EasyWeigh scales to the Chef mixer, so ingredients can be weighed directly into the bowl or attachment. Saving time during the baking process and reducing mess in the kitchen which is always a good thing! And if efficiency isn’t enough, we’ve introduced Pop Tops - our interchangeable mixer lids in a range of stunning shades so you can change your mixer to your mood. So when your kitchen colour scheme changes, your mixer can too.