Our old fashioned free standing gas cooker has been on it’s last legs for the last year. To be fair we inherited it when we bought our house, and it’s done a sterling job of making cooking VERY difficult. Being in the midst of renovations (still), and with the kitchen being the last job on the list, we’ve been trying to keep it going. This included giving up on the grill that refused to light for me (Mr Button was the only one with the knack of coaxing it to work) and having to turn anything cooking ooohhhh…. at least a million times, unless you wanted your dish burned to a crisp on one side and undercooked on the other. So, I cannot tell you how thrilled I was when AO.COM asked us if we wanted to review this Leisure Chefmaster CC100F521C Dual Fuel Range Cooker.
No words will ever be able to describe the utter relief and happiness in the house when it turned up the other week.
From dinky gas oven to dual fuel range
The Leisure Chefmaster CC100F521C Dual Fuel Range Cooker is a whooping 100cm big, which knocks the socks off most standard ovens, but is (I’m told) mid-range when it comes to range cookers. We had to take our kitchen door off to get it into the kitchen (we have a long Victorian hallway), but the delivery team at AO.COM were great and had no problem taking their time with bringing it in and getting it installed.
Here is it! Our brand new Leisure Chefmaster CC100F521C dual fuel range cooker. It looks brilliant right? And the complete opposite of the teeny gas oven we had before.
This is the first range that I’ve cooked on, and whilst it seemed slightly intimidating at first, this one is actually very intuitive to use. I could dive right on and get cooking straight away without a second thought, making it a perfect buy for anyone making that leap from a standard small oven to a range cooker.
The Leisure Chefmaster CC100F521C dual fuel range cooker has 3 ovens and a grill. All electric.
The hob features 6 gas burners (cast iron) with a wok burner in the middle. Oh my goodness! How wonderful to have so many gas burners of different sizes to use, I have already used them all for various things. And I can’t believe I used to just manage with 2 on our old cooker (because the other 2 gave up working). Never doing that again! The super clever wok burner is fab and of course doesn’t have to be used just to make a stir fry. Think of it as a very fast heating burner.
The main cooking space on the left is an electric fan oven. I’m in love with the fan oven at the moment. Everything cooks so evenly… even frozen oven chips! *I have a thing about frozen oven chips and not being able to get them to cook just right. With the fan oven I didn’t even have to try.
This space has a fantastic feature! A moving shelf runner. What a brilliant surprise. So if you want to check on a dish, you can very easily whip the shelf forwarded (it’s stops at a certain point), check on your cooking and pop it back.
The cooking space on the left is a conventional oven (the heat rises), and I’m told it’s brilliant for baking things like cakes, yorkshire puddings, pastries and roast potatoes. So far it’s done roasted vegetables and a couple of pizzas beautifully. The pizza bases came out cooked through and no soggy dough in sight. #Result.
The smaller oven on the top right hand-side is a slow cooker! I’ve not tried this out yet, but I have high hopes for using it to try out some of our favourite greek dishes.
The grill is on the top left hand-side. It’s slightly smaller than the one we had before, but I definitely prefer electric over the gas grill. I would say you could probably fit 4 slices of bread into it comfortably. So far I have cooked pork chops in here (6 big ones fit nicely) and they came out perfectly!
The glass lid
So let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The glass lid. It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste, but I’m convinced it works really well. When open it’s a fab splashback, and when closed, the gas supply cuts off as a safety device, making the hob completely fool proof. It’s also handy for protecting the hob and popping your tea towels and cooking notes on when not in use.
I love the modern design of Leisure Chefmaster CC100F521C dual fuel range cooker. It features clean lines and chunky fittings which feel sturdy and very well built. Everything is about simplicity, even down to the clock/timer in the centre, which we didn’t even need the instruction manual for. I think the range cooker would fit well in both a traditional and modern kitchen. Ours is sort of both at the moment, as we are ripping out units and replacing them as well go.
AO.COM offered us the cream version of this range cooker (it’s available in black and silver too). I have to admit that I wasn’t too sure if I’d like the cream, but when it arrived that completely changed. It’s much darker than I expected, which works nicely against our white gloss cupboards. Because of the richer cream colour, it’s not off white, it became more of a feature, rather than something that didn’t quite match (which is what I thought might happen). #PopOfColour
Our overall thoughts
We absolutely love our Leisure Chefmaster CC100F521C Dual Fuel Range Cooker from AO.COM. It looks great, but most importantly, it’s made it possible for me to finally get my bake on again! Woohoo!
I’m able to cook every piece of our family meal at the same time, so everything is ready and comes together perfectly at dinner time (it makes a huge difference). I can have our meal on the table, and dessert cooking and ready for when we’ve finished our main meal. And cooking for a dinner party no longer has me running to hide under the table. Yes, kitchen life is definitely sweeter now this beauty is here!
Disclosure: We were very kindly sent this Leisure Chefmaster CC100F521C Dual Fuel Range Cooker by AO.COM – to whom I will be eternally grateful to for unknowingly saving me from my hideous dinky gas oven. All views are my own and gladly shared. *Please excuse our kitchen which is currently in renovation state!