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Cedarlane: Science in Cooking

By David Gill

CedarlaneCedarlane's Bellini Kitchen Master represents a partnership between science and cooking.cedarlaneculinary.ca

The launch, earlier this year, of the Bellini Kitchen Master has been an important step for Canada-based Cedarlane in its journey from the laboratory to the kitchen.

In business for 27 years, Cedarlane has been a factor in the life-sciences industry. It specializes in reagent manufacturing, custom laboratory services, laboratory research, freight consolidation and aggregation, and other services involved with biological materials and biochemicals.

Three years ago, the company decided to try its hand at housewares. It formed Cedarlane Culinary to meet what it felt was a gap in the market for scientific cooking equipment. The company brought in Dustin Skeoch as the new division's manager and began to look for products that would bring gourmet, world-class restaurant meals to consumers at affordable prices.

The first of these was the SousVide Supreme, made by Eades Appliance Technology, for which Cedarlane became the exclusive Canadian distributor. This started the company to search for products based on what was being used in commercial kitchens to create innovative dishes.

Cedarlane's research keyed in on thermal mixers, which are used in commercial kitchens to create sauces and custards without supervision, freeing the chef to focus on other aspects of the dish. The company found a manufacturer in Australia which had developed a less expensive thermal mixer designed for home use. Cedarlane created a new version of this thermal mixer which had 110-volt capabilities for the North American market. As Skeoch expressed it, "Enter the Bellini Kitchen Master."

The Bellini Kitchen Master (BKM) is actually an eight-in-one appliance that chops, blends, kneads, whips, mixes, stirs, fries, steams and boils. As with commercial thermal mixers, according to Skeoch, "its hands-off functionality allows users to focus on other parts of the meal they're preparing, or help the kids with their homework or get ready for their evening activities."

The hands-off aspect also enables home cooks to prepare more meals from scratch and thus use healthier ingredients, plus it encourages the use of precise weights and measures for ingredients, as is done in most restaurants. "There has been a significant increase in the number of people using kitchen scales, which is why the BKM comes with one included," Skeoch said.

And because of all of its capabilities, the Bellini Kitchen Master enables the home cook to create three-course meals with just one machine, leaving just one dish to clean up afterwards. "As your BKM cooks and stirs your risotto, it can also steam your veggies in the steaming tray above and your fish course in the second steaming tray," Skeoch said.

Cedarlane highlighted the Bellini Kitchen Master at the International Home + Housewares Show in March, its first appearance at the housewares mega-show.

While it might seem to be something of a leap for a company focused on bioscience to venture into cooking products, the Bellini Kitchen Master does represent a continuation of the company's overall mission. Skeoch said, "Cedarlane bridges the gap between science and food because the more we understand about why our food tastes the way it does and how certain foods react with others, the better our chances of replicating our most successful dishes and learning what else is possible."