The food processor is a multipurpose kitchen machine that can chop, grind, puree, slice, and shred almost any kind of food with little to no effort from the appliance user himself. It is a convenient and speedy way of processing food. Some food processor variants can also assist one in making vegetable juice, and in kneading dough. When did this appliance come out and how did it come to be?
This versatile appliance, which has revolutionized food preparation in home kitchens, was first invented by a catering company salesman, Pierre Verdon. The idea of a food processor was come to Pierre when he observed how much time his clients used to spend in the kitchen on simple tasks like grinding, chopping, and mixing. From this thought sprouted a simple design; a bowl with a revolving blade at its base. This later went on to be developed into Robot-Coup, Pierre’s own restaurant-scaled food processor.
A compact domestic version of Robot-Coupe was the Le Magi-Mix that was first exhibited in Paris in 1971 by Pierre Verdon. Later, this invention was refined by American inventor and engineer Carl Sontheimer with the name Cuisinart.After the introduction of the food processor in North America by Carl Sontheimer in 1973, this appliance took the market by storm. Carl Sontheimer had spent a year inspired by the French industrial blenders and hoped to use the same technology to create an appliance that could assist cooks in a home kitchen. Soon, many inventors and engineers joined in the competition of creating competing models of the food processor and thus more and more machines like this started coming to the market and by the late 1970s hundreds and thousands of food processors had been sold.
The food processor was first introduced in France by Pierre Verdon. By the mid-70s, when Carl Sontheimer contracted the production of these machines with a Japanese company, the food processors reached Japan. And by the late 70s, the food processor also made its way into the UK market when the UK company Kenwood Limited released the ‘processor de- luxe’, their very own first Kenwood Food Processor, in 1979. In this way, the food processor spread throughout the worldwide market and gradually became widely used in every home on every corner of the globe.
The food processor is an essential appliance for the kitchen. It has lessened the burden of many cooks to perform simple grinding and pureeing tasks that would much better be performed by a machine and save the cook’s time in the kitchen for doing other, more sophisticated tasks.
The food processor was thus an important and necessary invention and this had been realized even before Pierre; the Starmix, having a design similar to the blender but with other attachments such as installments for slicing bread, was one of the first electric machines resembling a food processor and was introduced in 1946 via a German company called Electrostar.