What’s the Gourmand’s Grater?
The Gourmand’s Grater (patent pending) is a 3-in-1 kitchen tool that can grate, grind and puree. It will come with three different wheels, enabling it to grate everything from cheese and chocolate to nuts and garlic, grind coffee, and even act as a food mill to puree baby food when out and about.
Constructed from stainless steel and porcelain enamel coating, the Gourmand’s Grinder has a retro, 1950′s look, which also ensures that will last as long your KitchenAid mixer. In fact, we guaranty it. We provide the same “hassle free, total replacement warranty” as KitchenAid.
How is it unique/why is it better than what’s on the market currently?
While there are similarly designed food graters on the market, our grater significantly differs in three key ways. First, it comes with separate wheels to grind coffee beans, grate a variety of foods and puree baby food, so it is, in effect, a grater, grinder and baby food mill, all in one.
Second, because it is made to last a lifetime, it can handle hard foods like coffee beans and Parmesan without fear of breaking. Our warranty backs this commitment to quality up.
Third, it is well designed not only from a functionality perspective, but an aesthetic perspective. The lines of the grater were designed to invoke an authentic 1950′s retro feel, as do the use of stainless steel and porcelain enamel. Though porcelain enamel is quite expensive and difficult for production and cost purposes, it ensures that the the color of the grater has a luster and richness that cannot be replicated.
To what do I credit this epiphany-inspired kitchen implement?
As y’all may know, in 2011 my then-boyfriend Sergio and I decided to set out on an adventure with our two pups, Max and Luke, in tow. We ended up moving to Spain for what was meant to be a year-long sabbatical. We just celebrated our two-year anniversary of our arrival to Madrid, and so much has changed. Then-boyfriend Sergio is now husband-Sergio, and in addition to our two boys, we have added a third (biped) son- Hugo.
Since I love cooking and eating so much, with the free time during our sabbatical and coupled with the crazy pregnancy cravings, I spent a lot of time in our kitchen. I experimented with Spanish recipes and tried to recreate foods that I craved from our home in Texas.
After grating my knuckles countless times on the conventional graters, trying the plastic handheld graters, only to have them bend or break on me, and finally having to resort to hunting on eBay for the well-designed-but-long-ago-discontinued-Moulinex-Mouli, I began mentally designing an upgrade mouli with the appeal of, say, the popular KitchenAid stand mixer.
Through the miracle of the website Freelancer, I found an amazing designer, Francisco, down in Argentina. Fran worked with me over countless months and iterations of the grater until we got it just right.
What’s next for the Gourmand’s Grater?
While I was incredibly lucky to have stumbled upon Fran-the-amazing-designer, I have not been so fortunate with regards to finding a manufacturer. I cannot 3D print a functioning prototype of the grater, as it must be made from metal, as designed, in order to assess the kinks. To contract for a single prototype is incredibly expensive- from $10,000 to $22,000.
Before I invest our nest egg into this dream, I want to first test the waters and see if, in fact, the masses (or, at least, foodies with disposable income) are clamoring for a better 3-in-1 kitchen implement. Also, given that I am unwilling to compromise on quality, design or materials, some financial help would be much appreciated.
For these reasons, I have decided to take the Gourmand’s Grater to the crowdfunding community. On Friday, August 16, I will launch a 40-day crowdfunding campaign to finance the manufacturing of the Gourmand’s Grater.
I am having a blast at the moment coming up with some truly awesome and unique thank-you gifts, including the Gourmand’s Grater itself and an all-expense paid Gourmand’s Gastro Trip to Madrid, which will include an awesome welcome basket filled with Spanish goodies, all meals (all of which will be at my favorite restaurants in Madrid), a winery tour, tapas tour, private Spanish wine, beer, olive oil and chocolate tastings, and a private flamenco lesson!
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