What Oven Do They Use On MasterChef? (UK)
As MasterChef is back on our screens once again, I thought I’d take a closer look at the oven that they use on the show.
Yes, this involved quite a lot of rewinding and pausing the television to figure out what the exact oven is, but I think I’ve cracked it.
So, what oven do they use on MasterChef UK?…
The oven that they use on the show is an AEG SteamBake Oven.
How Do I Know What The MasterChef Oven Is?
Other than spending way too much of my life looking at ovens as part of my job and being able to spot the different types, I spoke with an AEG representative a year or two ago who mentioned that they provide the ovens for MasterChef.
So I knew AEG was a good place to start. It was then a simple game of spot the difference to narrow down which exact oven it was. And, the little silver steam assist button on the right of the oven was the giveaway.
The task was made all the more difficult as the show airs on the BBC and they don’t show any brand names. If you look close enough at the image below you can see the silver tape they have used to cover up the AEG branding.
You can see from this capture during the show that the two ovens are the same, however, the oven that they use on the show is now an older model and no longer available to buy new.
AEG has since updated the look of their ovens and has changed the style of the fascia and control panel as well as gone for a more square looking handle. It still comes packed with all the great features from the oven they use on MasterChef, just with a bit of a facelift.
The latest version of the oven used on MasterChef is now the AEG SteamBake BPS355020M.
Check out the latest price on AO.com: AEG SteamBake BPS355020M
What Are The Features Of The AEG SteamBake BPS355020M?
The built-in single oven from AEG is a great all-round oven that doesn’t break the bank. It’s a multifunction oven with 9 different cooking functions and comes packed with features such as pyrolytic self-cleaning, SteamBake and a food sensor.
It also comes with some great safety features like its ISOFRONT cool oven door, which keeps the front of the oven door cool to touch. Very handy if you have any little ones that like to get their hands on things.
As well as this, it has an electronic child lock, residual heat indicator and a feature that stops the fan from blowing out hot air when you open the door.
AEG SteamBake BPS355020M Key Features:
- Capacity: 71 litres
- Oven type: Multifunction
- Pyrolytic cleaning
- Food sensor
- Energy rating: A+
What Is Pyrolytic Cleaning?
Pyrolytic is a type of self-cleaning function that some ovens have. It allows the oven to reach very high temperatures of around 500oC that will burn off any grease or dirt in the oven and turn it all to ash. It can then be simply swept out, leaving you with a lovely clean oven.
It’s a fantastic feature, and one I always recommend you look for in an oven as cleaning by hand is just the worst.
Just make sure you follow the directions very carefully before using this feature. The door will lock on you as a safety precaution and you can’t go back and remove shelves, trays, etc. Think about it like when you start your washing machine: once it’s locked, it’s locked.
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Not to be confused with a full steam oven,
It is especially useful for bread baking and keeping meats moist and tender. Perfect for getting that buttery biscuit base!
Here is a quick video from AEG showing how SteamBake works.
Should You Buy The AEG SteamBake BPS355020M Oven?
AEG is a good, solid brand which I often recommend to customers. You get excellent, family-friendly features for an affordable price. It’s not a top-of-the-range model, however, so if you are playing MasterChef in your own kitchen, you may want to rethink this option.
And remember, not everything you see on TV will work in your kitchen. Always check with your designer, builder, electrician and/or architect first.
If you would like to buy the AEG SteamBake oven for your kitchen have a look at the latest price on AO.com here: AEG SteamBake BPS355020M
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Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.