kitchens

Coronavirus boosts cloud kitchens as foodie Asians order in

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Singapore’s Ebb & Flow Group took an unusual route to creating one of its most popular food items: analysing more than 200,000 data points to predict customer preference and potential demand.

The result, launched shortly before the coronavirus sent the city into lockdown, was Wrap Bstrd – wraps with fillings such as chicken satay rice and beef bulgogi, borne from the insight that customers preferred Asian flavours in a fuss-free fashion.

“We were able to combine advanced behavioural data capabilities and pattern analyses with the expertise of our chefs to create a brand and menu that was specifically tailored for our customers,” said chief executive Lim Kian Chun.

“It is Singapore’s first food and beverage brand that is driven entirely by insights derived from artificial intelligence,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Ebb & Flow Group is one of a growing number of companies operating restaurant kitchens known as “dark”, “cloud” or “ghost” kitchens, which have no physical presence, and offer delivery-only services from a centralised location through a mobile app.

Often operating out of warehouses and semi-industrial buildings on the outskirts of cities, dark kitchens allow for burgers and biryanis to be made in the same location, and delivered directly to consumers ordering online.

While food delivery was already on the rise in recent years with aggregators such as Zomato, Uber Eats and foodpanda, coronavirus lockdowns and concerns about eating out have precipitated a boom in these services lately, analysts say.

“The cloud kitchen model was already gaining momentum, now it is at a tipping point for the model to be fully utilised because of the shift to at-home consumption,” said Ali Potia, a partner at consulting firm McKinsey.

“We are now starting to see data-driven menu design and pricing for greater personalisation. It

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AD’s 2020 Great Design Awards: Kitchens

For people all around the world, the home has never been closer to the heart. And the heart of the home? It’s the kitchen. So show yours some love. As inspiration, AD has rounded up the best new products on the market. (Think smart appliances, stunning surfaces, and vibrant accents galore.) To the winners of the 2020 Great Design Awards, chef’s kiss….

Free Spirit

Today’s country kitchen rewrites the rules with bohemian flair and urbane sophistication; shown is a California home designed by Studio Shamshiri with a La Cornue range

Free Spirit

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Stephen Kent Johnson

Code Red

Cherry, currant, or crimson—these vibrant accents steal the show; pictured is the Hamptons kitchen of Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

Code Red

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William Abranowicz
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David Anderson
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Ty Mecham/Food52

Hands-off Approach

Touch-free taps in fine forms and finishes make a splash

Brizo Odin Smarttouch Pull-down Faucet with VoiceIQ; $1,167. brizo.com
Brizo Odin Smarttouch Pull-down Faucet with VoiceIQ; $1,167. brizo.com
Grohe Ladylux L2 Smartcontrol Faucet; $800. grohe.us
Grohe Ladylux L2 Smartcontrol Faucet; $800. grohe.us
Kohler Co. Graze Touchless Pull-down Faucet; $953. kohler.com
Kohler Co. Graze Touchless Pull-down Faucet; $953. kohler.com

Idea Flow

Even as the world shut down, Waterworks kept pumping. This September the luxury kitchen-and-bath brand cut the ribbon on its newly expanded New York City flagship, a three-story showcase with 4,000 additional square feet. Customers will now find lighting and surfaces intuitively arranged by color, workstations for designers to meet with clients, 12 streamlined metal finishes, and a range of new products, like the Dash and Foro faucets. Of course, at 12,500 square feet total, the space offers plenty of room to socially distance. waterworks.com

A Waterworks showroom vignette

A Waterworks showroom vignette

Waterworks Dash One Hole High-profile Bar Faucet; $1,540.

Waterworks Dash One Hole High-profile Bar Faucet; $1,540.

Waterworks Foro Two Hole Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet; $3,000.

Waterworks Foro Two Hole Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet; $3,000.

Jolts of Energy

Far from just drips, the best new coffee and espresso makers showcase fabulous blends of form and function

Cuisinart Coffee Center; $200. cuisinart.com
Jonathan Adler for Keurig Limited Edition K-Mini Brewer; $100. keurig.com
Jonathan Adler for Keurig Limited Edition K-Mini Brewer; $100. keurig.com
CAFÉ Appliances Specialty Drip Coffee Maker; $388. cafeappliances.com

Open Call

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11 of the best new ideas in kitchens, from ‘levitating’ kitchen units to the ultimate wine fridge

The world of kitchens seems to produce ceaseless innovation. Amelia Thorpe picks out some of the latest looks and cleverest new ideas.

Elk Kitchens doing it differently

Architects George Gardner and Peter Foulk have set up ELK, producing bespoke kitchens that feature their own patent-pending storage solutions, which are designed to ensure that all cupboard and shelf space is used to the maximum. These include their striking, triangular-shaped V-drawers, intended as ‘function centres’, with contents visible and accessible.

‘Unlike most kitchens, which are built from boxes, ELK’s designs are based on a framework, which frees the designers from standard restrictions and uses less than 50% of the material of a conventional kitchen,’ explains Mr Gardner. Each kitchen is constructed at ELK’s workshop in Hampshire, using responsibly sourced timber engineered to produce a stable framework, often using light and dark woods for contrast and to highlight the unusual shape of the furniture. ‘Our aim is to produce beautiful, sustainable kitchens that are genuinely innovative,’ Mr Gardner says.

Kitchen prices start from £50,000 — www.elk-kitchens.com


Tom Howley’s colour confidence


Dusky Pink is one of two new shades that join the range of more than 20 hues available at Tom Howley, introduced in response to the demand for elegant kitchens with confident use of colour. ‘The possibilities are endless, but for a truly classic look that marries refinement and playfulness, I would suggest pairing these bolder tones with white,’ advises Mr Howley.

‘A stark white paint or worktop acts as a marvellous contrast to the depths of these two new colours. Think about bar stools with upholstery in the same tone, or even vases, plates and glassware in pinks or greens for a creative and imaginative touch.’ Prices from £20,000 — www.tomhowley.co.uk


Perrin and Rowe’s top of the pots

No more lugging

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The Pantry Kitchen’s ‘Weeknight Challenge’ yields stuffed squash recipes and many unexpected gems

The goal with the first challenge of Season 2 of the Pantry Kitchen Challenge was to get everyone in an autumnal mood, and to introduce the new “wild card” rule designed to throw a different wrinkle into each round. Wellll …. perhaps we should have been more specific?

Round 1 was “The Weeknight Challenge” with a 30-minute prep time limit, and squash, apples, nutmeg and soda as the ingredients. We didn’t foresee that folks would interpret the 30-minute limit in two different ways: 30 minutes to prep the dish and get it ready for cooking or 30 minutes from prep to plating.

Oops.

So to be fair, we selected the top three finishers in both categories. (And props to those of you who saw “30-minute prep” and decided this meant 30 minutes total!) You hustled and came up with some pretty impressive stuff. This challenge garnered 45 entries! Many of you saw the ingredients list and thought stuffed squash or butternut squash soup. So bonus points for those who went above and beyond those two staples.

In the “30-minutes from prep to plating” category, Paul Shapiro wins for butternutchos, turning butternut squash into tortilla chips for a unique plate of nachos. Runners-up: Darci Rogojin, whose autumn doughnut holes with nutmeg cream soda icing looked delectable, and Beth Cavalli, who combined Western ingredients with Mexican and Asian flavors — tamarind soda! — to create a tamarind stir-fry!

In the “30-minutes prep, then cook to your heart’s content” category, the mother-daughter tandem of Joan and Keri Segna wowed us with this gorgeous stuffed pumpkin dinner called Filled with Goodness. Runners-up: Thomas Finnegan transformed the ingredients into an interesting chicken curry with squash and apples, while Jeff Abrams also stuffed a pumpkin in spectacular fashion to produce pumpkin and apple English

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The 10 Best Food Storage Containers for Every Kitchen’s Needs, According to Reviews

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Whether you’re committed to meal prepping every week or simply trying to organize your fridge, investing in quality food storage containers will make things a whole lot easier. Not only will they help keep your food fresh, but they can also save you time and make your kitchen look much neater.

One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for food storage containers is the material they’re made out of. While glass food storage containers are super versatile (many are oven-safe), plastic options are typically more lightweight, which makes them easy to stash in your bag during your commute. While some people still prefer glass over plastic to avoid chemicals leaching into food, it’s also important to note that all of the plastic containers on this list are BPA-free.

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Since there are so many different types of food storage containers available on the market, we scoured the internet to find the ones that are actually worth buying. From space-saving plastic canisters that will instantly organize your pantry to leakproof containers with over 8,200 five-star reviews, there’s an option for you on this list.

These are the best food storage containers to buy in 2020, according to thousands of customer reviews:

Best Glass: Pyrex Simply Store Meal Prep Glass Food Storage Containers

With an average 4.8-star rating from over 5,650 Amazon shoppers, these versatile glass containers from Pyrex are a household staple for plenty of reasons. Between the near-perfect reviews and the wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, you really can’t go wrong no matter which of the many options you purchase. This particular set comes with nine different glass containers ranging from one- to seven-cup capacities, and they’re safe to put in the

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