A kitchen equipped for "molecular gastronomy"-gourmet cuisine as cooked by Mr. Wizard, basically-is all about the tech. Devices that wouldn´t be out of place in a chemistry lab fill the kitchens of some of the world´s most adventurous chefs, enabling far-out dishes like whipped-cream pancakes, lobster sorbet (shells and all) and meat-flavored mushrooms. Wiley Dufresne, head chef at one of molecular gastronomy´s Meccas, WD-50 in New York City, is so protective of his machines that he wouldn´t allow them out of his kitchen to be photographed for this piece, insisting that we get our own. And so we did.
For a look at the most extreme kitchen gadgets in use today-as well as some more-accessible gizmos for the home chef-launch our gallery here.
See Ted Allen´s profile of Dave Arnold, the DIY guru who inspired many of these machines (and hacked together a few of his own), for more molecular-gastronomy tech.
Coolest gadgets! Whilst this is awesome, there are so many of the kitchen wizards on the market. What differentiates and makes one better than the other? Retailers cannot or will not answer these questions definitively.
The kitchen is the single area of the home, aside from entertainment, where the gadgets are most sought. I am not certain that they are all valuable and used frequently, but when the are released to the market we go hunting for tools to make our cooking easier.