In the land of food processors, the KitchenAid brand is king. Famous for its famous Artisan pastry robot with a changing dress and vintage look, the brand knows how to reconcile efficiency and beauty.
As we know, the KitchenAid brand can do everything. Blenders, pastry robot, dough machine, chopper, kettle, toaster, mixers, beaters, the offer of small household appliances is vast. And among all these products: the Cook Processor. An all-in-one robot cooker that can do everything (except shopping, we know!) Between its different blades and accessories, its many bowls and steamer baskets, it cooks, mixes, rissoles, chops, weighs, and the list is still long. In short, on paper, it sends a dream so I had to test it. Presentation and verdict.
Yes, I know, you should not judge a robot – or anything or who for that matter – by look and physique, but hey there is still research and development to achieve such a result then it deserves two seconds. Available in two colors – black truffle or candy apple – for the version with integrated scale (the one tested) or in four colors – empire red and cream in addition to the two previous ones – for the version without scale.
For my part, I was loaned the flamboyant candy apple version, brilliant at will, dazzlingly beautiful (I exaggerate so little). In addition to the color of the frame, the tank with the look of a vintage grandmother’s pot is steel color, with protected handles to prevent burns. The cover as well as all the accessories are either black or steel, or even a combo of both.
In size, what does that give? Unsurprisingly, this type of robot is imposing, and it is better to have space on your work plan. In the case of the Cook Processor, for your information, it is deeper than it is wide.
As with all robot cookers on the market, many accessories are supplied with the “beast” to meet all uses. A “StirAssist” mixer for mixing without chopping, as can be done manually with a wooden spoon; a whisk for the egg whites and other whipped cream; a “MultiBlade” blade for chopping and mashing; a “Mini MultiBlade” blade when you want to chop smaller amounts of ingredients like in the case of pesto; and a kneading blade for preparing cakes or pasta. To all this are added various containers. The cooking bowl: the essential element of the robot that can serve as a container, but also as a base for steam cooking. For the latter, many baskets are provided, an internal basket, to slide into the cooking bowl, and two external baskets to be placed above. Finally, a mini-bowl is provided, to slip into the cooking bowl, to mix small quantities of ingredients (praline, baby food, etc.).
In other words: there is plenty to do!
The first point that I liked a lot is that the screen is not touch-sensitive, there are real keys. Said like that, it seems a bit outdated but when a button on a touch screen does not respond and you try in vain to start a cooking that never starts, the desire to pass the robot through the window can quickly become very strong. In short, here there are real touches, and I like that.
When selecting cooking, you can either choose our options manually or select a pre-saved recipe. I tested both obviously.
Honestly, the pre-recorded recipe side is perfect because it encompasses several options. Let me explain. Once we have selected our recipe – for example a mashed potato – the robot will tell us how much potato to put in the tank. And thanks to the integrated scale there is no need to weigh separately, you add and it registers itself. Then just select to move on to the next ingredient. Also, I liked the fact that the robot is not stubborn. If I have not put 1.5 kg of potatoes as indicated, it does not matter, he agrees to move on to the next ingredient (then it is up to me to adapt my quantities) but in any case, he will not “block” the process.
Finally, once all the ingredients are in the bowl, I start cooking and let’s go.
Manually, it’s even easier. All you have to do is select the temperature, the cooking time, the mixing or riddling speed and let’s go. At this level, my downside would come from the manual supplied with the robot. Finding out what temperature to cook your food at is an unknown indication, which I find unfortunate. Suddenly, as often in these cases, the Internet proved to be of great help to me (thank you for being there in the good times as in the bad times, I will remember it for ever and ever) but it t is always annoying to have to stop in the middle of the recipe to look for information that could be written in the manual. Obviously this remark applies to my case as a novice, once the robot is well taken in hand, the question no longer arises.
The strong points
– I repeat myself, but this robot makes it possible to carry out a lot of different preparations and to replace a good number of utensils, an ultra-positive point.
– Another very nice aspect when I am not the best customer of this type of gadget: the integrated scale. In use, this turns out to be an undeniable time saver.
– Also, this robot, thanks to its formidable chassis, is very stable. And it supports without flinching the mixing of soups and other purees.
– Last ridiculous detail which turns out to be rather nice: the music at the end of cooking is very pleasant. Most people don’t care, I guess, but I can’t take the hellish “beeps” of my oven anymore so a nice music to gracefully indicate to me that my soup is ready without yelling at me, I appreciate .
The weak spots
We all have weak points in life and this robot is no exception. Even if I was madly in love with him from the start, the Cook Processor disappointed me slightly on two points (no, let me go, it’s better for both of us …)
– The first point that bothered me was having to change the blade when preparing a puree for example. We start by using the mixer during cooking and then change the blade to be able to go to mixing. Except that… Except that the tank is full of potatoes and that the exercise in a boiling liquid can quickly prove to be delicate. So yes, there are certainly tips to achieve this easily, but for my part, I say it without shame, I had a bit of a hard time.
– Second point which for me is the worst, as for a lot of people besides: the cleaning mission. So be careful, you have to know reason to keep. Yes, when you use a food processor, you know that the chore of cleaning is not a piece of cake. Everything has to be dismantled, some parts are dishwasher safe, others not, etc. But there are also tips, for example that of putting water in the tank at the end of cooking and of mixing to remove as much residue as possible. However, no matter what, with the Cook Processor, the mission is difficult and sometimes the residue is tough. For the dishwasher-safe parts it goes better, but overall I put a lot of elbow grease on it, especially for the pizza dough, which is quite sticky.
Do I recommend this product?
Obviously I recommend this product! Despite a few small points to complain about – the lack of cooking information in the manual, difficult blade change, and delicate cleaning – this robot remains an excellent product. He cooks with precision, mixes without chopping, mixes efficiently, weighs the ingredients, adapts to different volumes, in short he is a considerable help in the kitchen, with the physique of a Hollywood actor.
Cook Processor Artisan with integrated scale, 1199 €