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On the wish list: a Gatley kitchen
Gatley (gatleylondon.co.uk) designs and builds handcrafted kitchens in its Yorkshire workshop. Styles range from classic textured hardwood and handpainted designs to clean-lined, state-of-the-art, stainless steel models. From £40,000. Visit the showroom in the Chelsea Design Quarter in London (chelseadesignquarter.co.uk).
Measure for measure
Digital scales are more accurate than traditional models, especially for small quantities. The collapsible Joseph Joseph TriScale has an add-and-weigh function, which allows multiple ingredients to be measured in the same bowl (£32; josephjoseph.com).
Chefs’ choice: Sub-Zero & Wolf
Richard Corrigan, Thomasina Miers and Mark Hix are among the many devotees of Sub-Zero & Wolf kitchen appliances. The high-end New Generation range includes integrated refrigeration drawers, wine storage, ovens, hobs and even a coffee system. Prices start at £5,136 (subzero-wolf.com).
Get more juice from your fruit
The easy-to-use Chef’n Juicester has a built-in strainer and claims to produce 20 per cent more juice than conventional hand-held juicers (£29.47; amazon.co.uk).
Five great blenders
1. Vitamix 010230, £459.99 (johnlewis.co.uk)
This blender and food mixer juices, cooks, grinds and freezes. It can make ice cream in 30 seconds and hot soups in less than 5 minutes.
2. Kenwood Blend-X Pro, £199.99 (kenwoodworld.com/uk)
The just-launched Blend-X Pro features a MultiZone blade system that blends, crushes, chops, grinds and mixes ingredients with ease.
3. Magimix Le Blender, £159.99 (houseofraser.co.uk)
Durable, quiet and with pre-set functions for soup, smoothies, frozen desserts and crushed ice, Le Blender also has a 1.8-litre jug.
4. Cuisinart Elite Power Blender, £109 (ukjuicers.co.uk)
With two speeds and a pulse setting, this powerful blender crushes ice cubes in seconds. It also has a built-in timer.
5. Bodum Bistro Blender, £76 (bodum.com)
Lightweight retro design with a shatter-resistant 1.2-litre plastic jug and two sizes of pouring spout, for thick or thin mixtures. Available in red, black, lime and off-white.