In Hannah Phelps’ pristine kitchen, Holly Bishop is waiting. She sits next to her mum at a large dining table, as Phelps arranges booklets on it. In front of her, Phelps’ expansive kitchen bench has a few ingredients lying on it – some rice, some beetroot – and stage right, a gleaming Thermomix.
“I’ve had it in my mind for like four years, and I’m finally here,” says Bishop.
“Here,” in consultant Phelps’ lovely western Sydney home, is a Thermomix demonstration. It is the primary way that the $2,269 wifi-enabled, high-powered blender/kettle/slow cooker/heat while you stir/fermenter/shopping-list generator/online orderer/recipe hub appliance is marketed and sold.
Bishop’s mum, Denise McGlinchy, has had a Thermomix for a while. Her sister has one. Her other daughter, too.
“I haven’t pushed it to Holly before,” says McGlinchy who has come for support and to watch the latest version, the TM6, in action. But Bishop, who owns and runs a pilates studio in Moorebank, has recently moved further away from work. With two kids at home and a longer commute, time for cooking is scarce. Since the move, McGlinchy has been more insistent. “I said, ‘Holly, you really need a Thermo’.”
Thermomix’s Australian distributor, In the Mix, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The appliance has been around in Europe for 50. Over the past two…