Tramontina Guru is a portable cooktop that teaches you how to cook – Gadgets – Tecnoblog

Tramontina Guru (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)
Tramontina Guru (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

We tend to think of smart light bulbs or speakers when it comes to the internet of things. But the concept is broad, which is why it can encompass a multitude of devices, including products for the kitchen. THE Tramontina Teacher is proof of that. The device is a portable cooktop that connects to your cell phone to teach you how to cook. Or at least try.

The device was launched in early December and is sold in a kit that includes, in addition to the Guru himself, a stainless steel casserole, an aluminum frying pan, a set of measuring spoons and a ruler.

The inclusion of these items makes sense if we take into account that not just any accessory works with the novelty. The Guru is a cooktop based on electromagnetic induction, therefore, it requires that pots, pans and the like have a stainless steel base.

Tramontina Guru Kit (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)
Tramontina Guru Kit (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

But so far, nothing new. What makes the Guru a different cooktop is the connectivity aspect. It starts with installing the official app, available for Android and iOS. After this step, it is necessary to create an account with Tramontina, through the app itself.

Then, just pair the Guru to the smartphone. The procedure is done via Bluetooth, so it is necessary that one is physically close to the other.

As if to prove that it is a gadget, not a mere household appliance, the unit tested by the Techblog displayed a software update notice when connecting to the phone for the first time. The update took about ten minutes. After that, the Guru was ready to take action.

Guru asked for software update on first synchronization (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)
Guru asked for software update on first synchronization (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Control the cooktop by cell phone

While you can use the cooktop’s touch-sensitive controls to operate it, it’s much more convenient to use your smartphone to do so. So much more practical that, to be honest, I got the impression that it’s not worth getting the Guru if you don’t want to integrate it with your cell phone.

First, because the cooktop display is very limited in displaying information. Second, because the buttons don’t have a precise answer. On several occasions I had to tap them two or three times for a command to be accepted.

With the smartphone serving as a remote control, it is very easy to configure the cooktop to heat, sauté, fry or cook food. You can also set specific parameters like the temperature at which the Guru should work or the cooking time of a dish.

Guru's Application (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)
Guru’s Application (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

The cooktop can also calculate, in real time, the weight of the food to be prepared and display this information on the cell phone. It is true that he cannot distinguish the weight of the pan (or other accessory) being used.

Fortunately, this limitation can be overcome with a trick: just place the empty utensil on the cooktop and, in the application, click on “Reset”. After that, the weight of the pan will be ignored and the Guru will only consider the weight of the food added there later.

Guru teaches you how to cook

If you have little intimacy with the kitchen (my case) or are the type who love to test recipes, the Guru can be more than a cooktop controlled via smartphone: the product application gives access to dozens of recipes and explains how to make them .

It is impractical to use the Guru without a cell phone (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)
It is impractical to use the Guru without a cell phone (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

174 recipes were available when the Techblog tested the Guru. They are sorted by difficulty levels (easy, moderate and hard), cooking time, calories and portion sizes.

When choosing any recipe, the app informs you of the necessary ingredients (in the right amount), as well as the utensils to be used. You must mark which of the ingredients and utensils are available, and then the app will display each step to be performed. When the time is right, the tool will prompt the Guru for recipe preparation to begin.

It works? It works. Each step is well explained, has a video demonstration and is closely monitored thanks to the integration of the Guru with the cell phone.

To give you an idea, in one of the tested recipes, the app instructs you to put rice in the bowl until the weight indicator on the cooktop display is at 100%. If the weight is less than indicated, you can even advance to the next stage, but not without first seeing a warning in the app that the preparation weight does not correspond to the indicated.

Guru monitors each step of the recipe (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)
Guru monitors each step of the recipe (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

It is worth it?

It depends. Anyone who has experience in the kitchen is well aware of the time to prepare food, the quantities of each ingredient or the temperature to be applied to a dish, for example, which makes me assume that, in these circumstances, the Guru can be more in the way than to help.

For those looking for a portable cooktop that works by induction, the Guru can be useful, but for that purpose, there are much cheaper options out there, including within Tramontina’s own product collection.

Tramontina Guru will be of value to anyone looking for a more intuitive way of learning how to cook than traditional cookbooks. Likewise, the device is an option for those who consider the idea of ​​using technology as a guide to reduce the chances of making a mistake in cooking a valid idea.

Tramontina Guru (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)
Tramontina Guru (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

But it is likely that, instead of becoming a sales phenomenon, the Guru will only fulfill the role of marking Tramontina’s first steps in the world of the internet of things, for two reasons: 1) the product has its merits, but not it is “revolutionary”; 2) the official price of the Guru kit (with the casserole and the frying pan) is not inviting: R$ 2,099.

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