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MasterChef Australia’s kitchen mastery: 14 cooking essentials inspired by this season

A curated edit for the discerning home chef.
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Inspired by the challenges of MasterChef Australia‘s sixteenth season – from Jean-Christophe Novelli’s 1992 dessert ‘Jack in the Box’ Pressure Test to a French-themed Mystery Box – these appliances and tools are ones for the discerning home cook to add to their arsenal of kitchen essentials.

Read on for our curated edit of MasterChef Australia-inspired tools and appliances so that you can triumph in your own Pressure Test or Mystery Box challenge at home.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid artisan stand mixer set in Empire Red, $799 (usually $1049) at Myer

A stand mixer with all the bells and whistles that can truly do it all – from whipping up profiteroles to bread, to of course, pasta.

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KitchenAid pasta attachment

KitchenAid 3pc pasta roller and cutter attachment, $259 (usually $299) at KitchenAid

Roll and cut spaghetti and fettucine with this three-piece KitchenAid attachment perfect for pasta alla casa.

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Waffle maker

the Smart Waffle, $369 at Breville

Waffles were a first in the MasterChef Australia kitchen last season – and this smart waffle machine from Breville is virtually foolproof.

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Smoking gun

PolyScience Breville smoking gun, $252.90 at Amazon

Add natural cold smoke flavour and aroma to meat, veggies, sauces and cocktails with a smoking gun like this one that is ideal for budding home chefs and mixologists.

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Pressure cooker

Breville the Fast Slow pressure cooker, $199.20 (usually $249) at Myer

A culinary polymath, the pressure cooker is a versatile tool for tenderising tough cuts of meat; cooking legumes, soups and stews; or canning and preserving foods.

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Mortar & pestle

The Cooks Collective granite mortar and pestle, $34.98 (usually $69.95) at Myer

A staple on the benchtop of any culinary connoisseur, a granite mortar and pestle set is a catalyst of flavour.

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Ice cream maker

Cuisinart ice cream maker, $383.20 (usually $479) at Myer

Who doesn’t want a homemade ice cream sandwich or Viennetta ice cream cake?

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Hibachi grill

Lenoxx Hibachi tabletop grill with tongs, $79 at Temple & Webster

Known colloquially as a Hibachi grill, a shichirin – a Japanese portable charcoal stove – is ideal for charring yakitori-style skewers or thin yakiniku-like cuts of meat.

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Cold press juicer

Breville the Juice Fountain Cold Plus stainless steel juicer, $343.20 (usually $429) at Myer

Featuring cold spin technology with an Italian-made mesh filter, this cold press juicer is a gamechanger when it comes to utilising fresh produce.

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Air fryer

Philips digital air fryer XXL in black, $348 (usually $449) at Amazon

A cult appliance that boasts just as much flavour as it does convenience, an air fryer fries with little to no oil.

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Blow torch

Appetito cook’s blow torch, $17.97 (usually $29.95) at Myer

Toasting and caramelising desserts like meringues, crème brûlée and tarts is made effortless with a blow torch.

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Handheld mixer

Artisan 9-speed hand mixer in Empire Red, $199 (usually $239) at KitchenAid

From thick pizza dough to fluffy egg whites, this hand mixer is a mixing, kneading, whipping and blending wiz.

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Tortilla press

Victoria cast iron tortilla press and pataconera, $77.56 at Amazon

Casted in Colombia, this tortilladora (or tortilla press) is made with heavy-duty cast iron for even pressing.

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Refractometer

58 to 90 per cent Baume Honey sugar brix refractometer hand-held tester, $116.18

Especially designed to test the concentration of honey and sugar by the measurement of Brix, a refractometer aids the pursuit of measuring the dissolved sugar content in an aqueous solution – say, in a strawberry gel, for instance.

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