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Heston Blumenthal effect causes ‘kitchen theatre’

Your kitchen is the stage, and diners the audience

Russell Hobbs allure kettle

Russell Hobbs Allure kettle

Your kitchen is a stage, small appliances and ingredients are props, while friends and family are the audience – claims a new report on cooking trends.

The report by small appliance manufacturer Russell Hobbs says consumers now see cooking as ‘kitchen theatre’, spurred on by the ‘Heston Blumenthal effect’ and programs such as Come Dine with Me.

Other cooking inspiration comes from recipe magazines, books and even parents. Lower down the list are partners, restaurants and celebrity chefs who make us head to the kitchen to show off cooking skills.

The report is released to coincide with the launch of the new Russell Hobbs Allure range, which includes a number of new kitchen gadgets, as well as a new look Allure kettle and toaster. 

The Allure kettle and toaster

The designer Allure kettle and the matching 2-slice toaster have already been reviewed and rated by Which? but now feature a sleek new polished finish.The kettle features a concealed element, rapid boil and an easy-to-open push button lid – see what our experts thought of it, and find out if the lid really is easy to open in our full test report on the Russell Hobbs Allure kettle.

The allure 2-slice toaster has extra wide and long toasting slots, and claims to be ‘perfect for all bread sizes, thick, thin or even home-baked bread’. We discover if this is true in our review of the Russell Hobbs Allure toaster.

Russell Hobbs allure toaster

Russell Hobbs Allure toaster

The new Allure range

The new version of the Allure kettle and toaster will be available from 1 June 2011 from the Russell Hobbs website. 

From July 2011 you’ll be able to find it in Argos, Comet and Currys, and for those who prefer shopping on the internet, it will be stocked by Amazon, too. 

For reviews of 168 kettles, including the top 40 we recommend as Best Buys, head to the Which? kettles review. If you’re after a new toaster, we have full test reviews for 148 models available and 31 Best Buys to choose from in our toasters reviews area. 

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