In the Chefs Hands

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Light equipment is used heavily in the kitchen. Here we showcase the best of the best from utensils to blenders.

Built for outstanding durability and versatility, the Vitamix product range is the first choice of chefs and bartenders worldwide.

Specifically designed to meet the needs of a busy professional kitchen, the Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 delivers exceptional power, versatility, and all-round performance. From chopping delicate ingredients or blending the toughest wholefoods to creating delicate culinary foams or producing wonderfully smooth purees, the Vita-Prep 3 is a crucial tool for chefs in busy kitchens.

Putting trust in technology, the Vita-Prep 3 uses a high-powered, durable, ≈3 peak output horsepower motor, complete with a large, effective, cooling fan. Working in unison, the motor and the blade create the desired consistency without the associated heat being generated by the friction inside the container.

Jestic   Vita Prep 3 Pureeing Hummus
Jestic Vita Prep 3 Pureeing Hummus

A variable speed controller allows the chef to precisely regulate the speed of the blend while a range of specially designed, high-impact containers, complete with removable lids, allow chefs to quickly and easily add the required ingredients to the appliance. A unique tamper works in unison with the container, letting the chef create a consistent blend on even the toughest ingredients. A shaped collar prevents the tamper from coming into contact with the blades.

In keeping with Vitamix’s ethos and strive for innovation, the recently launched Aeration Container is designed to quickly and effortlessly create wonderful emulsions, culinary foams, whipped cream, meringue and much more. The specially designed disc blade provides an easy way to create new textures and is particularly effective when forming dense but pourable foams commonly used throughout a menu.

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Mitchell & Cooper is proud to introduce Crustastun: a world-leading appliance designed specifically for the humane killing of crustaceans.

Created as an alternative to more traditional methods of killing lobsters and crabs, which have become increasingly controversial in recent years following growing evidence that crustaceans can feel pain, the Crustastun has the additional benefit of improving the taste and texture of the meat. 

With many people believing that boiling lobsters and crabs alive is unacceptable, and with the alternative of cutting the animal with a knife requiring skill and precision, the Crustastun provides a quick and painless alternative.


The Crustastun utilises an electro-stunning method to kill crustaceans, which targets the brain centres of the shellfish. This process interrupts nerve function in less than half a second, meaning the shellfish cannot feel pain. The animal is also killed in under 10 seconds, a dramatically quicker time than boiling them, which can take up to 3 minutes. Dedicated settings for lobsters and crabs, as well as the use of a salt water bath to help conduct the electrical current, ensures the Crustastun is stuns effectively and consistently.

Restaurants and chefs who buy in live shellfish should consider the Crustastun an essential appliance to not only help support the humane killing of crustaceans but to also offer customers a tastier product.

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Editor 28th January 2019

In the Chefs Hands