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Product Report: Countertop Induction Oven Brings New Technology to the Kitchen

Product Report: Countertop Induction Oven Brings New Technology to the Kitchen

Countertop ovens, such as toaster ovens, convection ovens, and rotisserie ovens, are budget-friendly appliances that do a great job of toasting bread, cooking fish and vegetables, and (with the larger ones) even roasting whole birds, and baking cakes or pizzas.

However, Panasonic’s recently launched Countertop Induction Oven, or CIO, is in a class of its own. The CIO is the only countertop induction oven currently in the market, combining induction and double-infrared heating — which means that you don’t have to wait for pre-heating to kick in before you start. And you can do a lot more than just toast bread or roast a bird.

Panasonic launched the Japanese-engineered CIO recently at the historic landmark Greystone, the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley campus, and we had front row seats.

The CIO features up to 1,700 watts of power with an easy-to-use control panel, display window, select dial, and preset cooking options, allowing the user to bake, broil, grill, reheat, and toast with an adjustable temperature control (325–450 degrees Farenheit­). The top heating unit is a broiler; the bottom induction heater works best for grilling and baking purposes. Grill steak or hamburger patties, broil bacon, and grill or broil seafood, vegetables, poultry, and meat. Bake frozen snacks, muffins, cakes, cookies, and pies.

An added advantage of the Japanese-engineered oven is that, while cooking, it circulates a fine mist of steam, releasing flavors said to heighten the savory taste of umami. An airtight door seal assists in maximizing cooking efficiency for shorter cooking times. The CIO also keeps food warm for up to an hour.

The CIO comes with a heavy-duty aluminum grill pan that radiates uniform heat and yields dark brown grill marks (it's 100-percent dishwasher safe). It also comes with a step-by-step induction oven cookbook with 26 recipes created by certified master chefs at the CIA.

CIA Consulting Group chef David Kamen joined with chef Gabe Kennedy — a veteran of such restaurants as Eleven Madison Park and Blue Hill at Stone Barns and winner of season three of The Taste — to put the CIO through its paces. The dishes they prepared included roasted cauliflower with beurre noisette, capers, and nuts; grilled lamb loin with harissa and carrot salad; whole branzino with herbs and pickles; sausage-stuffed chicken breast; savory stuffed peppers; Napa Valley pizza; and grilled steak chermoula — all successfully cooked with the CIO.

The CIO is now available for purchase from Panasonic and Wiliams-Sonoma for $599.99, including a one-year labor and parts warranty.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.


Introducing the Touch Induction Cooktop

Home cooks are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in the kitchen, and delivering convenience continues to rise – pre-cut vegetables in supermarkets, meal plans sent directly to you home. When it comes to cooking, the fastest way to achieve chef level results at home is with induction. This preferred cooking method in Europe has been gaining popularity in the US, thanks to its efficiency, speed, control, keen safety features and minimalistic design. Plus, easy to clean and 80% more efficient than gas.

The latest addition to the BlueStar® line of electric cooking products is the new Touch Induction Cooktop. This sleek, modern design perfectly integrates into the countertop to blend seamlessly with any kitchen. The cooktop combines efficient performance of induction with the precise control and powerful performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. It heats up to 50% faster than gas plus has a seamless two-burner bridging technology, perfect for grilling or searing with the corresponding cast iron dual zone griddle. The five burners feature three levels of heating power: standard, power boost or double power boost. The home chef has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking and optimal flexibility. The industry-leading 5,500 watt burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes. This increased, instantaneous temperature response means lightning-fast high heat.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The sensitive touch power selection provides intuitive temperature control with 12 cooking settings. All burners can deliver a gentle 200 degree simmer or maintain a perfect keep warm temperature with three heat level options. Each burner also features individual cook timers so that recipes are easily followed.

Plus the induction cooktop comes with robust safety features making it ideal for families including a safety lock, pan detection technology and no-touch hot surface indicator light. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, and this display has crisp natural white indicator lighting.

For a complete pro-style electric kitchen, the induction cooktop can be paired with BlueStar® electric wall ovens, as well as built-in refrigeration and a broad selection of professional-style ventilation.