Friday, October 9, 2009

Curious Chef Children's Cooking Products - Review and Giveaway


I have a small, "curious chef" in my house -- my preschooler. At the slightest mention of cooking or baking, she's right there, pushing a chair next to the counter. My husband recently celebrated his birthday. He's not a huge fan of birthday cakes so we decided to make him a treat he really enjoys: Apple Crisp. This time my daughter excitedly retrieved her new Curious Chef kitchen utensils that we received for review (a professional, she also put on her favorite, special Ratatouille apron because that's what chefs wear). It was her first time trying the Curious Chef products out, and she proudly arranged them on the counter, excited to have her very own kitchen tools just like Mommy.

The Curious Chef product line is designed especially for children. The child-sized plastic utensils and accessories fit better in smaller hands and allow young children to assist in the kitchen. Colorful, sturdy and BPA free, the cooking products make cooking fun for kids. I'm also proud to report that they are produced by Tailor Made Products, a well-respected, Wisconsin based company specializing in houseware products.

We received the Curious Chef 3 Quart Mixing Bowl Set, 3 Piece Nylon Knife Set, 6 Piece Measuring Cup Set, and 6 Piece Measuring Spoon Set for review. The bowl has a snap on cover with a cap that doubles as a spoon rest and a green, non skid bottom. I always use glass mixing bowls and was impressed how much easier a plastic bowl is hold and lift up when dumping the contents out. (I also stole the bowl and used it for one of my potluck salads a week ago, but don't tell my daughter!) The nylon knives are made of sturdy plastic and have serrated cutting edges, blunt tips and, like most Curious Chef utensils, green grips on the handles.

I'm especially intrigued by the colorful measuring cup and spoon sets. The easy to read measurement numbers are color coded, so that kids could follow a recipe without being able to read (you could produce a recipe using colors and pictures to designate quantities and tool type.) Cooking is an excellent way to introduce children to mathematical and scientific concepts such as fractions and volume. It's a teachable moment!

Now, back to our apple crisp. I used the size nylon largest knife and quartered the apples...the plastic knife sliced right through those entire apples! My daughter used the smallest nylon knife to chop up 6 apples into small chunks for our Apple Crisp. She put the chunks into a measuring cup and then dumped the cup into the large mixing bowl. Once we finished cutting apples we used the measuring cups and spoons to measure out the rest of the ingredients. My daughter demonstrates cutting apples in the YouTube video below.



The apple crisp turned out beautifully and my daughter proudly told her daddy that she made all of it pretty much by herself. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures and we ate all the apple crisp before I photographed the finished dish! My daughter (and son) will continue to enjoy helping out in the kitchen using Curious Chef products.

For more about Curious Chef and to view their new line of 49 products, visit their website at www.curiouschef.com. The
26 Pc Holiday Cookie Kit would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season! (I'm considering ordering the cookie cutters for my kids. We need a Ginger Bread Man!)

Curious Chef has kindly offered to give away an 8 Piece Cutlery & Serving Set to a Brimful Curiosities reader.

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• Contest is open to US and Canada
• Contest ends on Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
Four ways to gain extra entries (Maximum total entries is 5 - leave a separate comment for each entry):
1st extra entry: Visit Curious Chef and leave a comment with the name of a kitchen tool or gadget in the Curious Chef line that interests you.
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3rd extra entry: Blog about this contest then post your link in the comment section.
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Thanks to Curious Chef for this review opportunity and for providing free cooking products for my family to review. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

155 comments:

celi.a said...

Being able to tell her dad that she made the crisp by herself - huge moment! I remember the first time my mom had me make dinner by myself, and the feeling of accomplishment when everyone told me that it tasted good! This set looks wonderful, and your review is perfect! Please enter me. :)

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celi.a said...

+1 I love the Tomato Cutting Board! It's festive and cute, and I'm always chopping tomatoes on a separate board anyway, because they're kind of messy. Great idea.

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Domanda3 said...

I love the non-stick rolling pin. Thank you so much for making me aware of this company. I am looking forward to checking it out further!

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Owen's Mom said...

That is a nice set! And what a great b-day gift for her Daddy. My son would love his very own kitchen tools.

Owen's Mom said...

I would love to get my kids the foundation set. They already spend most of the day in the kitchen with me.

Owen's Mom said...

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Amy said...

Glad the apple crisp was a hit! I can't wait for cooking at home with my little guy.

Amy said...

I think the pastry brush would be a favorite kitchen tool for a little one!

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edmontonjb said...

What a great review! These products sound just right for both kids and adults. Please enter me.
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Nancye said...

I like the nylon pizza cutter and the nylon frosting spreader

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Bingo said...

First entry/comment is easy...what an adorable, just want to squeeze her cute little culinary creator in your home!

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Bingo said...

Second entry is the lemon cutting board...would go really well in my kitchen and surely save my countertops!

Susan said...

This looks like a very handy set for the kitchen. I would love to try them out.

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Farmer*swife said...

I love the idea of the Nilon Knives. This is wonderful. My kids are always wanting to help out in the kitchen! I am definitely heading over the web site for some Christmas window shopping -- right after I finish entering this great giveaway!

Thank you!

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Farmer*swife said...

I love the Party Event kits! Especially, the one for pizza -- what a great idea!

I also love the cutlery and serving sets.

All of these products are really great!

Farmer*swife said...

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flowerchild said...

my 4 year old daughter is the exact same with the first mention of cooking or baking she is pulling up the chair and putting on her apron...
thanks so much for this great giveaway

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flowerchild said...

the nylon pizza cutter interests because i think my daughter would love to use this to help cut pizzas when we have them

Anonymous said...

It's so important for a child to feel that she is growing. It's really special to watch the delight she feels cooking for mom and dad.

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Anonymous said...

The Nilon Knives look great.

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Dolphin Girl said...

I love apple crisp! Yummy! What a great product for kids! My kids would love to use the knives especially!

roxxyroller said...

I would LOVE to win this!! Please enter me into the giveaway, thanks!!

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Staci said...

The color coding is such a great idea! I have my own little chef who would love this! (And by the way,now I'm craving apple crisp!)
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roxxyroller said...

Build-A-Kitchen Sets are my favorite!!

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Librarian Mommy said...

I am always looking at how to incorporate vegetables into my dinners. I am curious how others do it and how they manage to get their kids to enjoy the veggies as well.

Librarian Mommy said...

I really like the measuring spoons in the Curious Chef line. They seems easy for kids to use and colorful.

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myspiral said...

My daughter has just started to get interested in baking,too. We also made apple crisp!
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Heather Brandt said...

These would be perfect tools for my son who is very interested in helping me when I bake in the kitchen.

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ossmcalc said...

I am interested in the nylon pizza cutter.

Thank you,

Christine
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Toni said...

I think the Childrens Cooking Products would be wonderful to use teaching my 5 yr old about measurements, how to handle a knife and a wonderful way to get him interested in cooking!!

Toni said...

I think the 4 Piece Child Chef Textile Set is really adorable

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I am homeschooling my preschooler and he and I bake something once a week as part of his curriculum, so he would love this!

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Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I also really like the Child Chef Textile Set because I know it would make my son feel very "official" in the kitchen!

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Sidni said...

I have 3 daughters & they all love to help in the kitchen. I like the 26 pc. Holiday Cookie Kit. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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Kristie said...

What a fun set! My daughter would LOVE this!

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socmama said...

What a great way to involve kids in the kitchen! My sons would really enjoy this. Thanks!

socmama said...

My sons would especially like the 5 Piece Cookie Cutter Set. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad someone finally thought of making cooking utensils for kids! My daughter loves to help in the kitchen, and these tools would make it easier and more fun!

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Anonymous said...

I think we would try the 6 piece measuring cup set or one of thy nylon plastic knives so she could help cut up ingredients without cutting herself!

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Christine said...

My daughters love to help me cook. It would make them feel so BIG to have their own set of "cooking utensils" to use as their own. I also think it is cool how it teaches them while playing.

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Creative Mom said...

What a great giveaway. My son always loves to help me cook so this would be very handy.

Mary A said...

I also like the 4 Piece Silicone Pinch Bowl Set. Thanks for the giveaway.

Christina Hidek said...

My 4 year old is so curious about cooking. I have a hard time maintaining my patience (how many times can I tell him not to lick his fingers and then touch the food). Thanks for this giveaway!

Jet'set said...

My little boy is 3 1/2 and has been waking up and asking to, 'make something with flour'... It's a sweet moment & not always easy to fulfill! This would be a great asset!
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Jet'set said...

I loved the Build-A-Kitchen Sets: 8 Pc Fruit & Vegetable Set!
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Dianna_Ball said...

I work with special needs kids and love to work on functional cooking - these color-coded, appropriately sized utensils would be absolutely fabulous for them!

For that reason, the measuring spoons & cups would be my first purchase, followed by the whisk (pudding & hot cocoa are easy "recipes" for kids to make themselves and a whisk comes in handy!)

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janetfaye said...

I have been making easy recipes with my grandson. This is a wonderful set.

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Becky W. said...

These are awesome! I look forward to trying them out! I have two kids and both love to be in the kitchen, so I'll have to pick up a few things! Thanks for the giveaway!

I agree with you about the measuring spoons! They are colorful and easy to read. I'd like to have those for myself!

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Becky W. said...

I checked out the website, and love the Cookie Gift Set! This would make an affordable gift for my daughter's friends at their birthdays! It's something different, useful and isn't found at every other store!

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Heather said...

My kids love to help me bake (need to get them helping with dinner too) this would be a nice prize for them! Thanks for the chance.
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Alice H said...

Thanks for introducing this company to me - my son loves to spend time with me in the kitchen. With Christmas coming up I'm going to check this out! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

Alice H said...

The root beer float mug - green - looks fun. Thanks! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

etirv said...

Curious Chef will really make baking or helping out in the kitchen safe and exciting the little ones!

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etirv said...

The Curious Chef whisk is so cute!!!!

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Barbara C. said...

What a neat set. Thanks for the oppurtunity. My granddaughter would love it.
Barbara

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

This would be perfect for my niece. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Lisa said...

Whast a great website in the first place! In the second place I'd love to win this set for my amazing nephew!

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Ryan, Corrie, and Max said...

This set looks amazing! DD is only 17months old and already she loves "helping out" in the kitchen!

Ryan, Corrie, and Max said...

I also like the looks of the no-stick rolling pin!

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Winning Readings said...

My daughter loves cooking, too! This would be great fun...

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rubynreba said...

This is a very neat giveaway - thanks for the chance to win!
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rubynreba said...

I'd like to try the silicone mixing spatulas and spoons.
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mollyjackmom said...

my kids would LOVE the starter 27 piece set- although i'd have to get a 2nd apron for sure...


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Sarah said...

I love this giveaway! I try to cook with my girls at least once a week. There is another blog that does a Kids in the Kitchen roundup each week so it keeps me accountable. These would be icing on the cake :)

alissa4illustration said...

I love that these products are geared towards little kids that want to help in the kitchen.

Belinda M said...

what a fantastic giveaway!!! My son and I would have tons of fun in the kitchen with something like this

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I like the 22 Pc Sundae Sleepover Kit

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Gina said...

My girls love to help cook, but I'm always afraid to let them use my utensils so this would be great for them.

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Kari G said...

This looks really nice for kids to help in the kitchen cooking.

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mytwogirls said...

My kids would love the vegetable peller. They are always wanting to use mine and I am so afraid they will be hurt.
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Susan said...

I love the serious look on the chefs face in the pictures. You can tell she is taking her job very seriously!!!

I hope she is very proud of herself that all her hard work made her dad's birthday a success.

Susan said...

I would have to say the measuring spoons for my grand-daughter. She likes to help me cook and bake. I think she'd really like having a set of her own.

Becky W. said...

No need to count this as an entry, I already did that above!

But I really wanted to say thanks for reviewing these! I just bought a gift set and a few odds and ends for my daughter for her birthday! She's going to love this and I'll love having her help in the kitchen! I might not have run across these without your review! Appreciate it!