Innovation & Technology , 2010
Sous Vide Professional™ Temperature Cooking System
This award winning Immersion Circulator has set the standard in housewares products for Sous Vide cooking, meeting the stringent requirements of the world's best chefs. The compact design makes for easy storage and travel while the circulator itself can clamp to any pot or tank with round or flat walls. The Sous Vide Professional™ delivers outstanding results under the toughest cooking conditions and temperatures.
The project began with a detailed analysis of the client's existing product and competitive units. The objective was to understand the design specifications and how the device would be used.
Concept development focused on overall form, human factors and ease of assembly. We provided multiple concept resolutions, all of which were conducive to the new product definition developed by the team. The selected design language was refined and illustrated as concept renderings. Color options were also reviewed with the client at this time.
As form development moved forward, the new configuration was created in SolidWorks to move quickly toward prototyping. Prototype development focused on a minimal number of injection molded parts, ease of assembly, functionality, cost reduction and customer satisfaction. Efficient industrial design coupled with the latest technology created a quality product.
The Sous Vide Professional is an effective, simple to use device, enabling professional and home chefs to cook foods using the Sous Vide technique that relies on precise temperature control. The device securely fastens to any stockpot or large container with flat or rounded walls by adjusting the mounting clamp. Its small footprint occupies a minimum of reservoir space to provide more room for foods. The compact design also makes for easy storage.
The vacuum-sealed food cooks at a gentle temperature in a precisely controlled water bath, locking in foods natural flavors, nutrients and moisture. This device circulates heated water throughout the pot with its heating coil and pump, providing maximum consistency compared to non-stirred devices. The circulation level is controlled by adjusting the pump pressure outlet. This slide control regulates the flow and adapts to the desired cooking temperature. The protective housing prevents the user from direct contact with the heating coil and pump, while providing easy access for inspection and cleaning.
A large LCD screen digitally displays the actual and set temperatures in Fahrenheit or Celsius. The screen is backlit to provide the user with instant visual recognition of the readouts. The device is easy to use with an intuitive user interface that allows the user to set or adjust the cooking temperature. Up and down buttons allow the user to set or adjust the cooking temperature to 1/10th of a degree. Cooking temperatures range from 59°F to 212°F.
This housewares product received the StarChefs Innovation and Technology Award.