Star Apps: Jon Favreau

Fear inspired "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau to produce his latest film, "Chef," a smaller-budget affair than the usual Favreau fare. After working on three "Iron Man" films, "The Avengers," and "Cowboys and Aliens," he was nervous that he'd never make another "Swingers." His fear was unwarranted -- "Chef," out today, shows just how much he's matured artistically since the 1996 cult classic. "Chef" is a warm, well-written comedy starring Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, … Read more

Meet Viking's newest kitchen appliances

LAS VEGAS -- Viking already offers an extensive collection of high-end kitchen appliances. But the brand recently added a few new models to its existing line of premium products -- a french-door oven, a TurboChef oven, and a redesigned range. They are currently on display at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2014 in Vegas.

Viking Professional french-door oven

You might do a double take when you first catch a glimpse of this 30-inch double oven. Yep, it comes with french doors. That may seem counter-intuitive at first, but this design closely mimics what you might see in a professional … Read more

Samsung turns to master chefs to build a foodie's dream fridge

LAS VEGAS -- To build a better fridge, Samsung decided to think like a chef.

The RH9900 4-door refrigerator, unveiled at CES this week, is the result of that effort. Along with the rest of the Chef Collection suite of kitchen appliances, the RH9900 was built based off of insights gleaned from Samsung's "Club Des Chefs" initiative -- sort of a culinary think tank. By working with master chefs, Samsung was able to study their cooking habits and design a more useful refrigerator for home cooking.

Aside from the nifty LED display that disappears into the stainless … Read more

Check out Samsung's stylish Chef Collection dishwasher

Samsung debuted its new "Chef Collection" suite of kitchen appliances this week at CES, including the DW80H9970 dishwasher. With a sleek, stainless steel finish and reinvented washing mechanics, it's looking like a dishwasher worth keeping an eye on in 2014.

The Chef Collection dishwasher's marquee feature is "WaterWall," which Samsung is hailing as an entirely new approach to cleaning. Instead of a revolving circle of jets, WaterWall uses -- you guessed it -- a linear wall of water which sweeps back and forth during the wash cycle. Samsung calls this corner-to-corner cleaning, and claims … Read more

Samsung designs a kitchen fit for a chef

LAS VEGAS -- Today at CES, Samsung announced the Chef Collection suite of premium, "professional chef-level" kitchen appliances designed to meet the needs of even the most discerning home cook. Developed with the input of culinary experts through Samsung's Club des Chefs initiative, these appliances promise to help consumers manage and master the entire cooking process, all while boasting state-of-the-art tech and premium style.

First and foremost is the fridge. With its unique, modern appearance, the Chef Collection 4-Door Refrigerator certainly looks luxurious, and its 33.3-cubic-foot capacity is about as roomy as you'll find. Samsung … Read more

Review: MacGourmet for Mac is the ultimate solution for storing and organizing recipes

MacGourmet for Mac is designed to provide a central storage and organizational system for your recipes within OS X. It works seamlessly in this regard, providing dozens of useful tools that are reminiscent of iTunes in many ways, making it easy to organize recipe files, create new ones, share them with friends, or print recipes to index cards or other media from your desktop.

After installation, you will be prompted to select the layout and interface for MacGourmet when it opens. You can change any of these options later from the preferences menu but this will affect how the app … Read more

AquaChef Clarity envisions see-through sous-vide

All cooking methods have some bit of mystery associated with them. Behind the closed doors of the microwave or wall oven, magic is happening. The same could be said for something simple like frying something on the stovetop. The transformative process that happens to our food when we apply heat may be understood on a primal level, but that doesn't necessarily translate to an innate understanding about how and why food cooks the way it does.

Peeking in on the process of a relatively new cooking method is the AquaChef Clarity. The non-immersion circulator sous-vide cooker features a clear … Read more

Orange Chef weighs in with the Prep Pad smart scale

You are what you eat, and what you eat also happens to be fodder for a new iOS app called Countertop, which works in tandem with the Prep Pad smart scale. The kitchen helper is set to be released in November and is available for preorder now at $149.95. The kitchen scale and app, an offering by The Orange Chef Company (previously Chef Sleeve, makers of tablet-friendly kitchen accessories), are designed to be everyday accompaniments in the kitchen supplying nutritional data to users in a seamless environment.

The scale itself features a nice clean design that doesn't bog … Read more

Archos ChefPad tablet filters cooking apps and takes splashes like a boss for $210

Thanks to their small footprint and capacitive touch screens, tablets and the kitchen go together like peaches and herb. If, of course, you ignore the fact that water and electronic devices don't really get along. With its latest tablet, Archos plans to address this current issue, however. If only partially.

In June, the company will release the ChefPad, a $210 splash-proof tablet with a 9.7-inch screen and 1,024x768-pixel resolution.

The tablet will ship with an unskinned version of Android 4.1; it includes a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU (of currently unknown make and model), and features both … Read more

Archos ChefPad tablet: Now you're cooking with Android

My poor iPad has survived flour, oil, lemon juice, and countless other kitchen mishaps. Maybe it's time I look a little more seriously at a dedicated kitchen computer. My options have just expanded with the arrival of the Archos ChefPad, an Android tablet built to handle the rigors of the cooking life.

The ChefPad is a full-blown 10-inch Android tablet running Jelly Bean with a 1.6GHz processor and 1GB of RAM behind it. There are the usual front and back cameras, in case you want to launch your own online cooking show. What makes it kitchen-specific are the preloaded cooking apps and easy-to-clean case.… Read more