Cooking. It’s not exactly exciting is it. I mean sure, if you’re Gordon Ramsay and you’ve got pots of money then yeah – exciting. However, for me it usually involves getting the timing all wrong and having an over-cooked chicken next to raw potatoes.
Tefal, yes Tefal – they’re contacting us now – want to revolutionise your cooking experience with a Bluetooth-enabled gadget called the “Cook4Me Connect”. It’s a “one pot wonder” which is controlled from your smartphone. There’s 60 pre-programmed recipes and it’ll show you via step-by-step guides how much of each ingredient is needed via the LED front panel. Plus, over Bluetooth on your phone, you can beam recipes directly to it. You can then walk around the house or sit back and relax as the app lets you control and monitor the cooking process.
In addition, the Cook4Me Connect will keep your food warm for 90 minutes and you can pre-program the thing 15 hours in advance. It features a ceramic bowl, non-stick coating and is dishwasher safe.
Also announced is a clever hi-tech version of the Tefal ActiFry – the ActiFry Smart XL. It too is controlled via an app and connects with Bluetooth. A “heat pulse system” and “stirring paddle” means that the temperature and time can be adjusted depending on the recipe you’ve chose. Again, you can monitor progress via the app. There’s 200 recipes available and you can get cooking tips and share your recipes online too.
The only pain-point on these gadgets is the fact that they cost £299.99 … each. Head to Amazon or Currys if you want one.
More detail below.
Tefal launches Cook4Me Connect
Connected products for connected homes
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13 July 2016: The innovators at Tefal are once again revolutionising the way we cook at home by launching an all-in-one product with integrated Bluetooth technology.
Named the Cook4Me Connect, this new one pot wonder allows you to control the device from your smartphone or tablet. The kitchen appliance comes with over 60 pre-programmed recipes, which include step-by-step guides, detailing the exact ingredients and measurements needed for each dish, all via its LED display. This feature is further enhanced thanks to Bluetooth and a dedicated app. The Bluetooth lets you send additional recipes straight to the Tefal Cook4Me Connect, while the app gives you advanced demonstrations on how to cook the recipe, with full images and videos that make it near impossible to make a mistake.
By adding the Bluetooth function, Tefal has made it possible to keep up to speed and in control of the cooking process from anywhere in the house. The app lets you personalise the recipes, comment on your favourites and suggest alterations and enhancements to suit your taste. What’s more, the app allows you to share recipes with friends and family and update your shopping list directly from your mobile or tablet.
The Tefal Cook4Me Connect’s broad range of meal ideas enables you to discover new culinary techniques, when making anything from vegetables, soups and rice to meat and seafood. Much like its predecessor, this product is perfect for those who don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. It is also a great assistant for the more insecure cook who still wants to experiment and values the importance of preparing varied meals. The Cook4Me Connect is essentially an electric pressure cooker, which means an unbeatable infusion of flavours at a fraction of the time it would take to get the same results from a slow cooker.
The Cook4Me Connect will keep food warm for up to 90 minutes after cooking. You can even pre-programme the machine up to 15 hours in advance. It has a six-litre capacity – perfect for a family of six and features a ceramic bowl that can be easily lifted out and, thanks to its non-stick coating, is extremely easy to clean. What’s more, the Cook4Me Connect comes with a steaming basket for all your veggies. Both the bowl and the basket are dishwasher safe.
Thanks to Tefal, you can now spend your free time wherever you prefer.
Stockist: Amazon, Currys and more to come.
· Delayed start available, up to 15 hours
· Useable capacity: 6 liter capacity bowl
· Condensation trap
· Removable steam basket and power cord
· Non-stick removable cooking pot
· Handles for easy transport
· LCD screen
· Variety of over 60 pre-programmed recipes
· App compatible with all iOS devices
Tefal launches first connected appliance: ActiFry Smart XL
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13 July 2016: Since its launch in 2006, the Tefal ActiFry has helped over 8 million households make guilt-free meals with just one spoonful of oil. Now, over a decade later, Tefal is once again changing the way we cook with the introduction of its first connected appliance, the ActiFry Smart XL. Controlled via Bluetooth and a dedicated app, users can wirelessly send more than 200 recipes straight to the low fat fryer.
As well as featuring Tefal’s patented heat pulse system and a rotating stirring paddle, the new Smart Technology, automatically adjusts the temperature, time and stirring motions according to your chosen meal. Simply select your recipe and the app will tell you when and even shows you where to place ingredients inside the ActiFry, so now you can cook everything in one go.
What’s more, the free My ActiFry app keeps you up to date with the cooking process and puts you in control from wherever you are in the house. It also features an automatic stop function; however, if you prefer your chips more fluffy than crispy, you can also use the app to pause cooking.
The ActiFry makes cooking healthy meals for the family simple. Just select the recipe you would like to cook and the app will take you through each step with easy to follow images and video demonstrations. When you’re ready, hit ‘Go’ on the app and the ActiFry will do all the hard work for you.
The ActiFry Smart XL will cook up to 1.7kg of food, and with over 200 recipes available, you won’t be short of ideas come mealtime. Going above and beyond our expectations, Tefal has included a complimentary nutrition course and cooking tips on the app to make cooking enjoyable and effortless. To truly personalise the recipes, use the app to make notes on your favourites, send them to friends or even update your digital shopping trolley by emailing them to yourself.
With a softer, rounded look, the ActiFry Smart complements your kitchen counters. The bowl, spoon, paddle and lid are also dishwasher safe – so cleaning up after your delectable, low-fat meal is also a breeze.
Stockist: Amazon, Currys and more to come.
· Power 1500W
· Useable capacity: 1.7kg (8 portions)
· Digital timer
· Removable dishwasher-safe bowl
· Retractable handle
· LCD screen
· 20ml spoon
· 1.2 metre power chord
· Made in France