The Best Inventions of 2020
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November 19, 2020 8:56 AM EST

The multicooking renaissance continues: after the Instant Pot brought food-prep machines to the masses, the Chef iQ breaks ground by upping the tech factor and making it dummy-proof. The wi-fi-enabled cooker features sensors, software and a screen to guide you through some 200 recipes, with more added every day. But the Chef iQ ($200) isn’t just for newbies: an internal scale, variable pressure and release, and a “ferment” mode make the machine highly tweakable for gastro geeks. “We’re still missing restaurants,” says Chef iQ CEO Ralph Newhouse, “but people have been able to use this to get some seriously good results.” —Jesse Will

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