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Published 17th March 2017
The Kenwood brand launched 70 years ago and we think that's worth celebrating. The real Ken(neth) Wood decided to invent a machine that would save cooks and home-owners alike time and effort in the kitchen. He came up with the original design: the A200 mixer. Four speeds, two bowls, twin beaters, a juicer, a whisk and even a cutlery polisher: not bad for it being only a couple of years after the end of WW2!
Throughout the years Kenwood have reinvented the wheel and produced kitchen classic after kitchen classic. We're excited to share the next 70 years of Kenwood with our customers.
Celebrity baker Mich Turner, MBE is the founder of the world-renowned Little Venice Cake Company. Her award-winning cakes have won her numerous awards and an A-list clientèle. She has baked for Her Majesty the Queen, Madonna, Gordon Ramsey, David Beckham, and Simon Cowell. Mich is helping us launch an exciting new range here at Ideal World.
We find out more about how Mich started baking and why she loves the Kenwood brand.
"Having been baking since I was 4 years old when I used to watch Delia Smith on Saturday Morning Swap Shop, I would stand on a chair in my Mother's kitchen making pastry and cutting out shapes. Even at that early age I would pretend I was describing what I was doing to my imaginary audience!
"It was when it came to choosing my O Levels I decided to take Home Economics in addition to all the sciences as a preferred choice because I loved cooking, baking and at the same time wanted to understand the nutritional, physical, microbiological and chemical process of food. I entered and won my first cookery competition at the age of 15 and then went on to study Biology, Chemistry and Home Economics at A Level with a view to go on to study Food Science and Nutrition at University.
"It was whilst I was studying my A Levels, My Home Economics teacher asked me if I would like to make her wedding cake. I enrolled on a 4 day course with Mary Ford to learn the basics of Top Ornaments, Frills and Flowers and so the passion, skill and creativity was born. I invested in my very first Kenwood at this time and used it for every cake, filling and frosting I made and baked. This was quite a grown up investment for a 17 year old, but felt it was hugely important to invest in the key tools to be a professional.
"I took my Kenwood with me to university and quickly became known as the go-to for baking on campus! I'd make fruit cake with dried fruits, figs, apricots and dates and bake it with a layer of marzipan in the centre of the cake. It was a staple of the 2nd year undergraduates at Surrey University!
"I was sponsored during my 4 years at University by United Biscuits and spent my 3rd year in industry stationed at McVitie's in Harlesden overseeing 750,000 Christmas Cakes for Marks and Spencer, and Jaffa Cakes.
"After I graduated I worked as a Buyer at Harvey Nichols for Bakery and Patisserie. It was in 1999 that I left Harvey Nichols to set up Little Venice Cake Company officially. Since this time the company has baked over 10,000 bespoke cakes and it is so important to have the right tools for the job to ensure you get the very best out of each and every recipe.
"I've made cakes for many celebrities and international royalty and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for my services to the Catering Industry.
"My style is always involving – in my new book “Have Your Cake and Eat It” I feature Delicious and Nutritious recipes for healthier everyday baking. The most essential element to have is patience to maximise every stage of the preparation before baking, filling or frosting a cake. This is where the brand new kMixcomes in to its own - it's sleek, powerful, easy to clean, versatile and robust to deal with the rigours of baking in my kitchen."
The kMix Stand Mixer with Glass Bowl has a contemporary, stylish design with no compromise on performance. Mix, whisk, knead and fold with ease by changing the kMix Beater to the kMix Whisk or the kMix Dough Hook!
The splash-guard includes a large feed tube for ease of adding ingredients whilst the machine is mixing. With a unique fold function that helps to fold and layer ingredients together, it's exceptionally good at preparing soufflés and other delicate bakes.
The Smart Speed Control carefully and smoothly builds up speed (there are 6 speeds in total), without causing the spillage of ingredients. This is particularly useful when mixing in flour!
For increased safety, the kMix automatically stops when the head is lifted to prevent accidents. The 1000W motor power can comfortably handle the toughest dough, while the glass bowl holds 5 litres, has an ergonomic handle, is dishwasher safe, and is super easy to clean.
The kMix Thermoresist Blender has MultiZoneTM removable stainless steel blades for effortless crushing and blending, with improved ice-crushing performance.
The 800W motor power allows you to effortless mix, blend and purée, while the blending ribs enhance the chopping performance of the blender by pushing the ingredients back over the blade.
The blender has variable speed and pulse, enabling you to blend your ingredients to just the right texture and consistency you want. There's even an 'ice crush' function!
Its ThermoResist Glass Goblet is made from ultra tough glass with improved blending ribs to blend hot and frozen ingredients, whilst withstanding thermal cracks. It has a 6 litre capacity with the ability to blend up to 1.2 litres of hot liquids (both capacities are clearly marked on the side), plus a vented filler cap to allow steam to escape safely.