As I’d indicated in a previous post, the brand renowned for efficiency and dependability, Fisher Paykel, aspires to travel off their beaten path and make their mark in the circles of ultra-luxury. A company rebranding themselves is certainly an ambitious endeavor, but with the new Fisher Paykel Kitchen Companion Series, they are doing so with aplomb.
In this post, we’ll take a deep dive into the pieces that push this series over the wall of pedestrian but dependable machines into the realm of luxe appliances: a steam wall oven, a convection microwave, a built-in coffee machine, and a warming drawer. All are designed to complement each other aesthetically.
The elegantly minimalist exterior of this oven belies its rich functionality. Open the svelte 24-inch wide door and you’ll be presented with surprisingly spacious 1.3 cu ft capacity. The oven puts this size to good use.
While you’ll find all the expected cooking modes found in a top-tier oven such as true convection, convection broiling, and baking, this oven utilizes one of the hottest trends in high-end home cooking, steam. When preparing main courses and side dishes, steam assist cooks food in its own juices, preserving nutrients and flavor.
When using steam assist broil, you can get a thick Delmonico to the perfect doneness without losing all that beautiful marbling. With steam assist baking, swordfish steaks will come out perfectly moist and flakey in 20 minutes. After the meal is done, steam assist also makes cleaning a breeze by loosening any grease and food residue. All you need to do is wipe everything up with a cloth.
A convenient feature of this particular Fisher Paykel model is the steam is drawn from a water reservoir. Consequently, there’s no need to worry about plumbing or water filtration.
The oven also includes other accouterments that you’ll wonder how you did without in the kitchen. There’s a meat thermometer that plugs into the side of the oven interior with a probe that you stick into thick cuts of meat or large poultry. It continually monitors internal temperature and can display it on the exterior front screen. You also have the option to program the oven to halt the cooking process once a certain internal temperature is reached. You can also use a “recipe function”. This enables you to choose a food type and weight. The oven calculates the correct cooking temperature and time and begins to work accordingly. All of this is controlled via an intuitive digital control panel at the top of the unit.
This is not the typical microwave you may be familiar with. Sure, you can use the 900 watts of microwave power reheat last night’s Chinese food for a quick meal or use the “popcorn” setting that ensures that you won’t end up with unpopped kernels or burned popcorn. It will also dependably defrost pretty much any food you can think of without accidentally cooking it.
However, what sets this particular model apart is that it has a powerful 1450 watt convection fan/element that circulates hot air throughout the 1.5 cu ft interior cavity. This means, as the microwave energy cooks the food from the inside out, the convection heat cooks from the outside in. It’s even able to brown and/or crisp the outside of foods. With this sort of versatility, you can use this microwave to prepare everything from a whole roast chicken, to steaks, to pastries. It may not be as precise as a conventional oven, but if you find yourself needing an extra oven in a pinch, it’ll certainly suffice.
An appliance brand can’t truly claim luxury status unless they have a built-in coffee maker on offer. This piece shows that Fisher Paykel is able to hold its own. The unit can be installed practically anywhere at any height for the ultimate in convenience. It can take both pre-ground and whole bean coffee. With whole beans, the machine uses a conical burr grinder to mill. A conical burr, as opposed to a flat burr, grinds at lower RPMs. This means less friction and heat to affect the natural oils in coffee beans that give flavor. It also results in less noise. You have the option to choose the fineness of your grind.
Inside the coffee maker are a .625 gallon reservoir for water and a .125 gallon thermal milk jug. It also has a grounds container with a capacity for up to 14 standard sized cups of coffee. Obviously, everyday coffee isn’t the extent of this appliance’s capabilities. It’s a full-blown espresso machine so you’re able to make any hot drink available at a high-end café including cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, and flat whites. Additionally, you can program your own custom recipe, choosing the temperature, caffeine strength, and milk type and content.
When needed, the coffee maker has a self-cleaning mode that cycles boiling hot water through the system to flush it out along with an easily removable drip tray and waste container for used coffee grounds.
Rounding out this set is a built-in warming drawer. It’s absolutely indispensable when preparing a large meal for several people. It has space for up to six place settings. Once you’ve finished cooking and plating several portions of lamb chops, you can place them in the warming drawer while you finish up with truffled mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus.
You can store a variety of foods with a low temperature setting of 113 degrees F, a medium setting of 131 degrees F, and a high setting of 149 degrees F. Settings are adjusted via a discreet and ergonomic control panel just inside the drawer door. After the meal, there’s enough room to keep 20 cappuccino cups or 48 espresso cups at their ideal temperature. The drawer has a soft close mechanism to prevent and jostles and spills. Should there be any sort of mishap, though, the drawer’s base is constructed out of smooth glass for easy cleaning.