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 decided to give hardworking housewives and husbands a break. He wanted to create machines that did all the long andarduous kitchen tasks for them. First there was the A100 Turnover Toaster that allowed bread to be toasted on both sides without you having to touch it.
But, like all great inventors, his ideas soon outgrew his garage, taking him (and his then business partner, Roger Laurence), to his first factory in Woking. And, in 1948, he gave us a golden ticket – the A200 Food Mixer that did multiple tasks at the touch of the button. Since then, we’ve come along way. Here are the machines that have defined our proud history, as well as the ones you can invest in today.
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. Especially in the USA.
1950 – The Trailblazer
Chef Mixer A700
Launched at The Ideal Home Exhibition, the first ever Kenwood Chef set a legacy that has lived on ever since. It’s secret ingredient? The planetary action which results in ‘double thorough mixing’. It offered a complete food preparation system thanks to arange of attachments. And it combined function and modern design, perhaps for the first time. It was – and still is – a kitchen icon.
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 a new motor, gearbox and beltdrive, plus a new modern and square look, it became the aspirational object forevery home. And captured the mood of the swinging 60s.
1976 – The Chromophile
Keeping with a similar aesthetic, though a bit 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.
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 epitome of the 80s and luxury at its best.
1998 – The Powerhouse
Back when Kenneth designed the first ever Kenwood Chef, freshly prepared meals took up most of the day. Now, people wanted 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.
2017 – The Future
Keeping true to that popular 60s silhouette, the Chef Sense comes with three bowl attachments for every occasion – the K beater, the dough hook and the balloon whisk. It also boasts an extra-large feed chute and 1100W motor. And comes in a range of muted pastels.
With a sleek design, 1500W motor, an enormous 4.6L mixing bowl (with in-bowl illumination) and variable speed control, the Titanium is the more powerful upgrade of its little sibling, the Chef Sense.
Whatever you go for, all our products stand by the range of capabilities and durability they’ve always had, since Kenneth Wood designed the first ever Kenwood product back in 1947.