In 2015, Chef received a 4-star rating for overall customer satisfaction in our Canstar Blue survey. Here’s a brief rundown on Chef ovens. And you can check the survey results here.
The people behind the brand
Chef Appliances is a home-grown and home-manufactured company, founded in 1937 in Australia by Scottish immigrant Edgar Ferrier and his sons Sidney and Frederick. They began making cast iron stoves in a shed in their backyard in St Kilda, Melbourne.
Edgar’s wife Rose Mary named their first model “Chef”, because she argued what else could you call a professional cooking machine? Sid hired a young graphic designer for 10 shillings and gave them the concept that was their logo until it was updated in 1994.
World War II took the steam out of their inventing productivity, but when it ended the company moved into factories in North Fitzroy and Brunswick. In 1948, they launched Australia’s first pressed sheet metal stove. It was an immediate success and in the 50 years that followed, they produced over 5.5 million stoves.
The company’s proudest moments include having their Chef Professional products featured in the London Harrods 1998 Christmas window displays, and being chosen as the main domestic supplier of appliances for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Chef Appliances, known as “The Kitchen Specialist”, is now owned by Electrolux and is one of Australia’s leading brands for cooking appliances. They produce more than 1,000 ovens and microwaves a day and employ more than 700 people. Their products are available in the Pacific Islands, Asia, the Middle East, USA, Canada and Europe.
Note: The Australian company Chef Appliances, known as “Chef”, is not to be confused with the American company “Chef”, which provides IT services.
Some Chef oven innovations
1948: Two inventions are patented and introduced to the public:
- Australia’s first pressed sheet metal stove.
- First stainless steel three-part stove burner. Until then, burners had been made from cast metal.
1968: Two more inventions are patented and launched:
- The gas wall oven.
- Australasia’s first catalytic “self-cleaning” enamelled oven.
1972: The first natural gas burner is created by Chef.
1978: Chef becomes the first company in the world to use a pioneering manufacturing method. They apply two coats but use a wet-on-wet cover coat enamel so that they only need to fire the enamel once, speeding up the mass-production process.
1998: Chef releases Chef Professional, a stainless steel upright cooker that includes Australia’s first steam-capable oven and a raft of other innovations. In a world first for ovens, the steamer uses plumbed water.
Cool door: Chef ovens feature an oven door that is cool to the touch, to protect kids and pets who might touch it as they walk past. These reduced temperatures are due to an innovative new design: the air-cooled door.
Large capacity: Chef’s largest ovens all have an amazing 80 Litre capacity.
17 Mj wok burner: Chef was the first to cater for the growing demand in multicultural and Asian-style dishes.
You can view Chef’s range of ovens on their website.
Oven brands we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have an oven installed in their home which they used in the last 3 months – in this case, 1,253 Australians.
The oven brands in this year’s survey are:
- Fisher & Paykel
You can view the oven survey results here.