The Magimix Cook Expert – raising the bar for the current crop of cook/processors.
Ever since the introduction of the Thermomix, the market seems to have been flooded with a dizzying array of cook-processors. I checked out one department store the other day and found four different brands, of varying quality and in different sizes, and that wasn’t counting the aforementioned three.
Every professional chef is familiar with the name Robot Coupe, a commercial food processor found in most commercial kitchens, certainly in Europe and commonly elsewhere too. The Magimix food processor was developed by Robot coupe inventor Pierre Verdan as a domestic variation on this workhorse and has been marketed since the early 1970’s. Magimix products are renowned for their performance, reliability and durability, so when I was offered one of their new Cook Experts to review, I was confident that it would be a machine that delivers – and it sure does.
As mentioned in my earlier review, I believe the KitchenAid appliance improved upon the design and function of the Thermomix in several aspects. However, the Magimix Cook Expert has raised the bar for these types of machines even further. Like it’s rivals, it blends, chops, purees, kneads, whips, steams, processes and cooks, but it has the edge in a couple of aspects.
This appliance comes with a full food processor kit. While the others say they are multi-functional, when it comes to slicing or grating, they simply can’t do it. The Magimix comes with three nesting food processor bowls, which are interchangeable with the Cook Expert bowl, and processing blades and discs. The machine automatically recognises the processor attachment and adjusts the menu keyboard appropriately. There are also a range of other optional accessories available including a juicing attachment and a dice and french fry kit, truly making it all the appliance you’d ever need.
The Magimix Cook Expert uses induction to heat and cook. This method is much faster and more precise than the other appliances. Chopped carrot and onion can be sizzling in the wide base of the very generous 3.5 litre bowl in just under two minutes – way faster than either of the other two. The cooking temperature is precise to within 1°C and is quickly responsive to any alterations you might make.
You can select from a very slow alternating blade speed of 1A (A for alternating between turning and not) to a super fast 18, or no blade movement at all. With the temperature adjustable from 30°C to 140°C this means that it can also be used for slow cooking or sous vide cooking!
You can see what’s going on in the pot as, unlike the others, the whole lid is glass and there’s little worry about burning yourself on the stainless steel jug – it is double-walled, making it safer to handle and meaning it maintains temperature more easily.
This machine is almost idiot-proof in it’s ease of use. Naturally, it comes with full instructions and an extensive cookbook full of recipes to help the user get familiar with the various cooking, processing and manual programs, but it really is very intuitive to use. Using left and right buttons, one scrolls through the menu of 12 automatic functions, confirming your choice with an ‘OK’. The “Expert” mode is for full manual operation, but if using a preset option, once you have confirmed your choice it is a very simple matter to tweak all aspects of it to suit your own cooking style.
I’ve had a ball, and eaten far too much, while getting familiar with this machine. At this point, I can’t find much to complain about with it – although the lack of a pouring lip on the jug is mildly irritating.
It’s been so simple to use and – joy of joys – the recipes in the accompanying book are without fault. I’ve made, bread, soups, mains, desserts, cakes, smoothies and conserves in the Magimix Cook Expert, using their recipes and my own, without one single failure and with minimal tweaking or time wasted trying to get the end result right.
This is a compact, handsome kitchen appliance that doesn’t take up too much room on the bench, it doesn’t mulch the food up, doesn’t require too much brain-strain to adapt my recipes to it and is a pleasure to use. I love that I can now free up pantry space by getting rid of my food processor. I love the security of knowing this is such a reliable brand. And I really, truly love the 30 year motor guarantee. Yes, you read that right – 30 years.
When I wrote my original comparison review Magimix hadn’t released their product here in Australia, but it is on shelves now and being demonstrated all over the country. If you’re in the market for one of these machines, I’d urge you to check it out. If you have any questions – ask away. I’ll do my best to answer them for you.
The Magimix Cook Expert – RRP$2,099. Find stockists here.