Celebrity “Top Chef” using Thermomix in US

Top Chef Sbraga teaches with Thermomix in USA

photo by Lois Heyman, mycentralnewjersey.com

When Bravo TV’s winning Top Chef starts packing along a trusty Thermomix for taste-teachings, it means an increased interest for Thermomix in USA.

In a Daily Record article by Lois Heyman, we learn that earlier this week US Top Chef champion Kevin Sbraga (Season 7) brought his local-boy charm and easygoing Jersey manner to the kitchen of Middlesex County College for a taste-filled day of cooking lessons.

Sbraga is the young African-American-Italian chef who took the $125,000 prize during last season’s Top Chef competition on Bravo TV. And what did he do with the prize earnings? (Hint: It starts with “Thermo” and ends with “mix”) Well, we’re not sure about this fact, but we do know that Sbraga treated himself to a Thermomix soon after winning the competition…

According to Daily Record.com, guests at the college received plenty of culinary advice as sous-chef Adorno and Thermomix-wielding Sbraga prepared an array of menu items ranging from breakfast to dinner fare. Dishes included black-eyed pea hummus served with crispy chicken skin and mojo on mini-pita rounds, sweet potato soup flavored with salt pork and nutmeg, toasted hazelnut butter and blackberry jelly on brioche slices, and skewers of grilled hamachi picho with tomatoes and olives, drizzled with jalapeno aioli and garnished with fried capers.

It sounds like a good time was had by chef, sous chef, and the attendees who were introduced to the multi-tasking usefulness of Thermomix during a full day of gourmet sampling.

Why is this newsworthy?
When a top chef talks about his favorite kitchen tool, many people listen. They become curious. And every day this blog receives more questions from people (foodies, culinary students, home cooks, professional chefs) looking to buy Thermomix in USA.  With the exception of Australia, these days there are more who want Thermomix in USA than anywhere else. Contrast this with the fact that Thermomix is not sold in USA — and you have an interesting scenario. It’s a scenario that generates confusion and frustration among those who want a super machine in their US kitchens. (Made even more confusing when writer Lois Heyman falsely reports that the Thermomix is “Canadian-made”. Not!)

The upsurge in US interest for Thermomix, generates a corresponding buzz of activity for the two Canadian distributors whose non-competitive regional sales agenda does not extend  into USA.  Also, it means more emails to this blog asking how to buy Thermomix in USA. (Best way to buy Thermomix is to locate your closest distributor listed on the manufacturer’s website. More info about how to buy Thermomix is shown here.)

Chef Sbraga is clearly a Thermomix fan. Will his love of the machine raise the bar for future US chefs to seek out and use Thermomix for improved accuracy, efficiency, consistency, and creativity in the kitchen? Time will tell, and I for one will be watching. Cheers to you chef Sbraga!

chef Sbraga uses Thermomix in usa

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See 3 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Mara February 16, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Again missing for 10 days and lots of catching up to do. Love it!!!
    I’m addicted to Top Chef, hurray for them using TMX

  2. ThermomixBlogger Helene February 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Nice to hear from you again Mara — Yes, it’s great that one Top Chef is using the Thermomix… I’m watching to see if/when the machine will make its debut on US television… (of course, this would be easier to do if I actually had a TV!) Doing Thermomix-spotting online is tough because not all content is available, especially when it comes from the USA) Oh well, I do love a challenge.

  3. Nico February 25, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    We belong to the same Alma Mater! Go Kevin, Go JWU!!! :-)))
    I love my Thermomix…! :-)))