In the quest for the perfect thermo cooking processor I went to a live presentation of the Tefal Cuisine Companion, a thermo appliance, competitor to the famous Thermomix, the new Kitchen Aid cook processor, the Bellini and many more.
You can see MY STUDY of the 6 main thermo-mixers or thermo-appliances on the market including the Tefal Cuisine Companion, the Thermomix, the KitchenAid, The Kenwood and the Bellini.
The big differences between the Thermomix and the Cuisine companion are the following:
– Tefal has no built in scale, it is a separate scale.
– It doesn’t have a top steam basket. Its steam basket remains inside the bowl. You cannot cook a veggie + stew + couscous kind of meal as you could in a Thermomix, KitchenAid cook processor, Bellini or ThermoPro.
– Tefal has one of the largest bowls on the market: 2,5l real capacity, same as the KitchenAid. Thermomix has 2.2l. 300ml makes a difference for a big family.
– Even if Tefal has a very attractive cookbook, it doesn’t have built-in recipes brought by a chip like the Thermomix or SD card like the ThermoPro.
Here is the very nice cookbook divided in 3 parts you can individually turn. One part presents Entrees, the middle one Mains, and the third one Desserts.
The combination of these recipes can make up to a million different menus :)
You will find very Aussie recipes as well as a lot of French classics, very simply explained for this machine.
Anzac Batter in the Tefal Cuisine Companion equipped with the stirring tool.
We were treated with a delicious risotto the representative had made before I arrived. It was very good. The classic pea and ham with parmesan and it was a very well executed version of this dish. The Tefal Cuisine Companion seems to keep the grains intact, cook them well but with a nice al-dente feeling. It took a few seconds of preparation and 22 minutes of cooking.
The advantage of interchangeable tools is that you don’t need to keep the blade in the bowl like most of its competitors.
This means that the food is well treated, stirred gently and not mashed.
The inconvenient here is that they are stored in a plastic box which needs to either inelegantly stay on your bench top or be stored somewhere. It is pretty bulky.
The ANZAC biscuits were made following a recipe from the Million Recipes Book from Tefal provided with the Cuisine Companion. It was a delicious version of the famous biscuit and so quick to make, it was amazing…
My daughter Nilou (on the right) helped the charming rep to make them, pressed all the buttons and waited in front of the oven to see them become golden. They attracted all Harvey Norman’s staff and clients as soon as the oven’s door was ajar!
The Cuisine companion is very easy to use and the recipes very straight forward. It seems also easy to adapt classic recipes on it.
I love the fact that you can put all the accessories and the bowl in the dishwasher. This is a major plus for me. Thermomix, Bellini and Kenwood do too.
NOTE: This review is based on a demo in a store. I have not tried the machine in my own kitchen. It looks like a very nice appliance and has the looks and quality of Tefal products.
This is not a sponsored post :)