Background and Identification
Developed by Ken Wood in Britain, an English entrepreneur and businessman, the Kenwood Chef is a food mixer, operating as a single machine with numerous attachments that allow it to perform various functions. Most Kenwood products including Kenwood mixers were originally manufactured in the UK by Kenwood Limited. Now, the mixers are now made in China instead of Havant, England.
Designed in 1947, Ken Wood’s first mixer was called the “The Kenwood Electric Food Mixer” and competed with the Sunbeam Mixmaster Model 3, an American mixer made between 1936 and 1939. However Wood faced serious problems with tough competition and even objection, leading him to redesign the mixer. Then in 1950, he released the Kenwood Electric Chef, which was more than a mixer, with several additional features. Since its introduction, the Kenwood Chef design has had only slight changes, with most being cosmetic. The first model was the A700 which was succeeded by the A700D with some minor cosmetic changes and internal updates.
The Kenwood Chef can be found in larger and smaller sizes. The larger version is called the Kenwood Major that has 6 litre bowl compared to the Chef’s 4.6 litre bowl. Both bowls are of the same diameter, but the Major’s bowl is taller. Then, the smaller version is called the Kenwood Chefette which is essentially a hand-mixer on a stand.
Both the Chef and Major have four attachment points:
- High speed outlet (top rear) for a liquidizer and soft foods mill.
- Medium speed outlet (top middle) for a juice separator.
- Low speed outlet (front) for a mincer, hard foods mills, pasta makers etc.
- Orbital hub for beaters, potato peeler or ice cream maker.