Thursday, September 12, 2013

KitchenWorks Brings the World’s Finest Cookware Brands to Manila

I'm real picky with our cookware and kitchen utensils at home. I have to choose the perfect pan for my daughter's pancakes, for example. So it's really important for me to find a go-to kitchen store where I can find the finest high-end brands of cookware and kitchen products.

Guess what? The country’s newest culinary haven is within the reach of Filipino foodies, culinary experts and enthusiasts. KitchenWorks is now open at at Lower Ground Level, East Wing in Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.


KitchenWorks is showcasing global brands that have stood the test of time, an innovation in the Philippine market. These are France’s De Buyer; Switzerland’s Kuhn Rikon, Spring and Swiss Diamond; Germany’s Rösle; Italy’s Barrazoni, Mori and KnIndustrie; and Japan’s Shun.

I pretty much love KitchenWorks. In such a small space, it is packed with any kitchen tools you might need for your cooking adventures and it's amazing that I can normally find even more of what I'm looking for. From cooking pans and cookware to garlic press and slate cheese boards, they have it all! Not to mention restocking basics (spatulas!) and fleshing out the hand-finished knives.


At a media launch last Wednesday,  the World Champion and Top Pastry Chef Jerome Langillier had a cooking demo at KitchenWorks. Indeed, everyone learned the importance of using the best cookware in bringing out the best tasting food.

 From the innovative mind of its managing director Vohne Yao, the concept for KitchenWorks caters to the growing interest of food preparation and cooking among Pinoy foodies. Yao is a third-generation retailer from the Lucerne Group of Companies. Raised in the family business headed by his father Ivan, he grew up with an entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen.


“Years ago, when I travelled to Australia to pursue my university degree, I developed a passion for cooking; a passion that was fuelled by the abundance of fresh ingredients, great food and the wonderful culinary culture,” Yao said. Yao sourced out the best cookware from all over the world and made them available in KitchenWorks.

“The exposure to the world of cooking led me to discover how the interplay of high quality cooking equipment and fresh ingredients really lead to absolutely delicious tasting food.”


De Buyer has nearly two centuries of experience of manufacturing cooking and pastry utensils for the top-of-the-range gastronomy. There’s the Mineral B Element pan that does not come with any chemical coating, guaranteeing healthy cooking. There’s the Prima Matera cookware, which is induction ready and perfect for hotplates, thanks to its 2-mm thick copper stainless steel. De Buyer has also released its French Collection, cookware with handles inspired by Parisian monuments.

Kuhn Rikon is known for designing cooking utensils that make healthy cooking faster. It has introduced the Hot Pan cookware that conserves nutrients and vitamins that would have been lost in traditional high head cooking. Kuhn Rikon’s Luzern is a superthermic sandwich base that allows a prime heat distribution while Durotherm prepares fine food in a healthy way while saving energy.

Spring prides itself in cookware tested and approved by numerous professional cooks. Examples range from Fondue Bourguignonne, which popularized cooking at the table, to the Vulcano GLI recoatable non-stick frying pan.

Swiss Diamond cookware features unsurpassed non-stick performance for healthy cooking and easy clean-up. The patented non-stick coating, reinforced with real diamond particles, allows oil-free cooking and cleans up with warm soapy water.

Rösle lives the joy of innovation. Its products are not only best-selling but also award-winning. Examples are the Tagine—a cone-shaped stainless steel that provides excellent heat distribution; the Deep Bowl—a decorative bowl that has a rim facilitating pouring of liquids; Locking Tong that can be opened and locked using one hand; and the Garlic Press, which is useful for unpeeling garlic cloves.


Barrazoni is known for mixing form and function. Its My Lady Pots won the Red Dot Design in Germany and the Good Design Award in the US. Also popular are the My Lady Utensils that have unique shapes and designs that are lovely to look and at the same time, practical and easy to use.

Mori’s collections of cutlery and pots are of the highest quality—a result of skilful combination of elegance and reliability. The Chateu Thermal Containers from Mori can hold various shaped dishes to ensure perfect service and presentation for any occasion either at home or outdoors.

KnIndustrie uses eco-friendly materials in manufacturing modern cooking utensils. There’s the stylish and functional Whitepot with a handle made from walnut for a secure grip. KnIndustrie is also known for its handle feature that can convert a container into a large casserole, a pan or a cupboard.

Shun, its kitchen knives, is a leading blade making company that traces its roots from the days of the samurai in Japan. They are likewise hand-finished by skilled craftsmen. The knives also have unprecedented sharp edges that help preserve the natural flavor and texture of food.

Aside from the high end brands, Yao said Kitchenworks will also offer a dramatic way of shopping. “The area is brightly lit with relaxing music in the background. During mall hours, there will be cooking demos, lessons and other events to be held in a fully-functioning in-store kitchen,” he shared.

Give your kitchen a makeover! Sneak a peek at KitchenWorks' colorful cookware options. It is located at Lower Ground Level, East Wing in Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. Like its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mykitchenworks for more information about the country’s newest culinary haven.




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