The wireless thermometer and kitchen timer from Combustion Inc. (Combustion Inc. Photo)
Chris Young took the temperature on current kitchen innovation and decided the time was right to get back to the business of inventing devices to make home cooks smarter and food taste better.
The longtime chef and onetime co-founder and CEO of high-tech Seattle cooking startup ChefSteps, Young is moving beyond the sous vide craze and the “Joule” device he created to capitalize on it. Young’s new company is called Combustion Inc. and the first product is a smart thermometer and timer for better gauging when food is perfectly cooked — no water needed, no meat submerged in a plastic bag.
“If you can really understand time and temperature and how to manage it, it’s like a cheat code for better cooking,” said Young, who previously collaborated with former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, the Intellectual Ventures chief, on the epic Modernist Cuisine cookbook. Young started ChefSteps in 2012 and it was acquired by kitchen appliance giant Breville Group in July 2019.
He had planned to take 2020 off, travel abroad with his family and not do anything. Then COVID-19 hit.
“I got bored,” Young said. “And it turns out I …read more
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