Video: Jamie Oliver Introduces Wood Fired Oven

Inspired by world-famous chef Jamie Oliver, the Australian company Wood Fired Ovens launched the dome60, a residential high quality stone oven for the garden.

Heated with wood or coals, the oven can reach temperatures over 450° F (>230° C) and retains the heat over many hours. Only 1 meter wide, it fits easily in a small garden or on a terrace and takes just 20 minutes to put together. Jamie Oliver shows in a short video that roasted chicken can turn out really tasty in the dome60 and explains what else can be prepared with it.

Wood Fired Ovens is exhibitor at the spoga+gafa from September 8th – 10th 2013 and you will have the chance to see the dome60 in Cologne.


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New CEO at Weber-Stephen

On April 1st Tom Koos joined grill manufacturer Weber-Stephen as new Chief Executive Officer. He follows Jim Stephen who will be staying in the company as Executive Chairman.

Koos has been head of the Jacuzzi Brands Corporation for the last six years. He had full strategic and operating responsibility and developed consumer marketing programs. Weber-Stephen chose him due to his worldwide business experience, passion for building brands and deep knowledge of the distribution channels.

“I am honored and excited to join the Weber team, a global barbecue pioneer and one of America’s most recognized and trusted brands,” said Tom Koos. “I am committed to continuing the tradition of delivering high quality products and customer service the world is expecting from Weber.”

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Outdoor Kitchens: More Than Barbecuing

Outdoor recreation is such an important, enjoyable part of our lives that many people around the world want to experience it at home as well. This goes especially for preparing food, cooking, and barbecuing. For these demands an outdoor kitchen can be the ideal add on to a household. Almost any available kitchen appliance can also be developed for outdoor use. You can even do your dishes under the blue sky with an outdoor dishwasher.

Four kitchen designer experts offered their insights on the most important aspects when creating outdoor kitchens: Mary Jo Peterson, principal of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc. and author of several kitchen design books, Jamie Gold, kitchen designer and author, Peggy McGowen, certified master kitchen and bath designer and founder of Kitchen & Bath Concepts in Houston and Russ Faulk, VP of product development for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. According to them, modern families enjoy more informal lifestyles than former generations – the demand for informal home extensions grows.

When designing outside kitchens, the most important aspect to be considered is the effect of the elements. All cabinets must keep their contents dry and safe at any season. The appliances have to be weatherproof, neither rain, nor heat nor wind should affect them. The same goes for plumbing fixtures and lightings. There are special considerations to be made for all cooking equipment, be it pizza oven, heating plate or smoker. According to Peterson, another difference to an indoor kitchen is that an outdoor kitchen has to be planned with a smaller footprint because of the variety of activities taking place in the allowed space.

All of the four experts agree that designing outdoor kitchens is an interesting challenge because there are a lot of different aspects to be considered compared to a classic indoor kitchen. Of course it is also a profitable business branch for any business in the kitchen sector.

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Barbecue trends 2012

The Asians like it spicy, the Argentines hot and for the Americans the burgers have to be XXL — when it comes to BBQ, every country has its own style and preferences.

But this year’s barbecue designs all agree in one point: they offer many possibilities.

Barbecuing for every taste

Even when it comes to barbecues, conventional models just aren’t very popular anymore.

Consumers want individualized barbecues tailored to their specifications. To meet the demand, manufacturers will be presenting models in bright colours such as pink, green and red – and even in the colours of various football, handball and ice hockey teams for die-hard fans. At the same time, barbecues offer an increasing number of possibilities for preparing a more diverse menu. For that special taste there are even briquettes made from grapevines. In addition, the trend is for having a complete grill centre, that fulfils all of one’s culinary desires. There are also built-in barbecues that are designed to fit in with the style of the garden. For the ease and comfort of consumers that enjoy grilling on the beach or in the park, a brand new idea has emerged – a bicycle trailer that can be converted into a barbecue in the twinkling of an eye. It’s practical and charming!

In order to make the outdoor fun last as late into the night as possible, outside lighting decoration is making a stronger showing. The lighting of water features continues to be the strongest trend, along with weatherproof lamps, that catch the eye with their extravagant, sculptural forms, Accent lighting and LED strips can be used for many applications – in a swimming pool or garden pond and as a spotlight on small waterfalls and outdoor walls.