Introducing Mellow (and an exclusive interview with their CEO!)

Mellow is the year’s most anticipated sous vide machine – and we know a lot about sous vide. Mellow is different. Mellow is exciting.

Editor’s note: We’ve released our review of the Mellow. Click here to read our Mellow Sous Vide Machine review!

It’s sleek, and it’s shipping in 2 – 3 weeks. Delays kept the industry on its toes in anticipation, but the Cook Mellow is finally ready to hit the shelves.

But there’s more to this model than delays and anticipation.

And let me let you in on a little secret: Mellow redesigned sous vide cooking. This model combines the great elements of high-end sous vide machines with the little extras that owners are always asking for to provide a new, robust sous vide machine.

I’m bragging a little, but you’ll absolutely love this model.

Let’s take a look at a few of the key changes:

  1. Connectivity: Connect your Mellow to your Wi-Fi network. Yup. You’ll be able to connect your unit to the Internet, so you can control it via your smartphone from across the town or country. You’ll be able to cook even when you’re not home (super helpful, I might add).
  2. Refrigeration: I thought to myself: “So, I can cook my food hours later, but what good is that when it goes bad in the process?” Pretty logical thinking, and Mellow includes a refrigeration system that keeps the food fresh and will start cooking when you want it to.
  3. Double-Wall Tank: A double-wall tank will cause your unit to remain energy efficient and ensures that less heat escapes. The entire wall comes out to make it easy to refill the unit for your next food adventure.

These are just a few of the features that have industry insiders pegging this as the sous vide machine to change the industry.

I’ve even had the pleasure of talking to the CEO of the company to see what he has to say about his product.

And you’ll be blown away by this insider information I’m going to share.

I almost forgot to mention something before we go on to the CEO’s comments. The unit features a built-in weight sensor, and the sensor knows when you place food into the unit. The sensor will do its magic and send a signal to the unit to cool the water to keep your food fresh.

It’s awesome.

Mellow even has smart controls built into the unit. Mellow will give you information about your cooking, and it will learn about your preferences along the way. You’ll be prompted to give feedback after each meal, and then Mellow does its thing and makes its own suggestions while learning your food preferences.

You’re always connected. You can control the unit remotely. Updates and improvements are downloaded and installed to make sure you have the most robust sous vide on the market.

You can also cook 6 regular portions of food in the 4.5 liter unit. Backed with 1000 watts of heating power and 50 watts of cooling power, this is the sous vide professionals wished they had in their home.

Mellow App Usage

Mellow comes with an in-app assistant chef that will assist you in creating wonderful meals catered to your preferences!

Mellow is the effortlessly way to cook meals.

Slow cooked at the perfect temperature, Mellow allows home chefs to make a 5-star dinner while you go for a run or work. It provides self-sealing sous vide bags, and the control stays with the user via the accompanied app. This is great because you won’t need a sous vide vacuum sealer!

You choose exactly how you want your food to be cooked.

Mellow helps users make memorable meals that they can share with their friends, family and kids.

It doesn’t get any easier than set-and-forget cooking.

Mellow combines the taste-filled flavor of sous vide, sprinkles a dash of innovation in the mix and creates a whole new way to use sous vide to make scrumptious meals that don’t require you to hover over the stove for hours.

What’s not to love?

Now on to what good stuff!

Here’s our Q&A with Mellow CEO Gary Itenson:


Joe: Hi Gary! Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. Over the past several months we’ve had a lot of readers write in asking about the Mellow and when it’s finally going to ship. Now that the ship date is right around the corner (2-3 weeks from today), our inbox is getting filled with people asking about it! Clearly our readers are excited to have the Mellow in their kitchens.

How are you and your team feeling?

Gary Itenson Mellow CEO

Mellow CEO Gary Itenson

Gary: Joe we feel great!  It has been a long road to get to this point, but I think we have taken the right path to get to where we are.   It is very important to our team to deliver a great product and a user experience that will be second to none.

So now that we are shipping soon, we feel very confident that our early backers, new customers and sous vide lovers everywhere are going to really enjoy the Mellow experience.

Joe: For those readers who aren’t familiar with the Mellow, would you please tell us a bit about it, and how it came to be?

Gary: I think the best way to describe Mellow is that it is all about experiencing the taste and texture of sous vide cooking in a very intuitive and convenient manner.  The core of Mellow is creating a great user experience.   Mellow is the only sous vide cooker that controls HOW and WHEN to cook.  We enable you to refrigerate, precision cook and hold your meal to a be ready when you are.

In 2014 Mellow was co-founded by two young engineers turned entrepreneurs in Lisbon, Portugal.  Their focus was to design the first sous vide appliance with refrigeration to keep your food as safe as it were in the fridge.  Today we are on both sides of the Atlantic and building an amazing team that I am really proud to lead.

Joe: There are a lot of sous vide machines on the market, with many more getting released each year. What sets the Mellow apart?

Mellow App Small Image

Come home to delicious, ready-to-eat meals

Gary: Again, it’s the convenience factor and our user experience.  Mellow is the only sous vide cooker that controls HOW and WHEN to cook.   Our system enables you to refrigerate, precision cook and hold your meal to a be ready when you are.

Imagine within your busy household you place your salmon or steak into Mellow at 8 AM, you tell Mellow how and when you want it done and then you continue on with your day.

Mellow starts by refrigerating your meal and begins to slow cook sous vide to your schedule; to how you want it done and when you want it ready for.  When you arrive home you can quickly prepare your sides, finish and plate.

Joe: Can you please explain the thought process behind the design of the Mellow? It’s rare to see a standalone unit that allows you to see the full contents of the container while it’s cooking. Frankly, I love it and wish every unit was like that.

Gary: The thought process in designing Mellow was to create and all-in-one sous vide appliance that you will want to use every day.   It is a good looking countertop appliance and not something that goes in the kitchen drawer to forget about.

The industrial design is beautiful and Mellow looks great in any kitchen.  Couple this with the amazing results from sous vide cooking, an intuitive app that learns your cooking preferences and it makes for a great product that you will want to integrate into your daily life.

Joe: I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for the built-in-refrigeration. How did your team come up with the idea and what were some of the design challenges behind it?

Mellow Co-Founder and VP Products Catarina Violante

Mellow Co-Founder and VP Products Catarina Violante

Gary: Our co-founder and lead designer, Catarina Violante, is one of the most brilliant innovators I have met and as a food lover she was determined to design something very unique.  Early on she surrounded herself with a team who I think are some of the most brilliant minds in hardware and software design.

Refrigeration is our key differentiator as it makes the slow cooking method of sous vide ultra-convenient and because of this you can literally prep it and forget it.

Joe: The Mellow app seems to be incredibly comprehensive. The few other manufacturers that have apps simply focus on the basics (e.g. making their machine turn off/on/setting timer), but Mellow has gone way beyond that with the in-app assistant chef. Can you tell us a bit more about the app? How have you personally been using it?

Gary: The great thing about Mellow is there are no mechanical buttons and you control the unit from your app.  From the time you connect to Wi-Fi and start cooking you will see how intuitive it is.

We have incorporated weight scales into our unit, so Mellow knows when to start to refrigerate or start the cooking process.  As you will see it is very easy to use and takes all of your needs into consideration and learns how you like your meals cooked.

Joe: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your team?

Gary: I have three decades of manufacturing, operational and business development experience within the electronic hardware industry and I have lead teams that have scaled fast and effectively.   I am a passionate home chef and I was really enamored with the Mellow product.

It has a fantastic potential for busy people to truly bring healthy and convenient eating options to the home.   What really sold me on the company are our people, we have a fantastic group of tech savvy, food loving innovators that are so passionate about Mellow that I could not resist the opportunity to contribute and build this company.

Mellow Machine Stylish Design

With a stylish design, the Mellow will look great in your kitchen

Joe: You joined the Mellow team back in March 2016 as the COO/Adviser and have recently taken over the role of CEO. What are the biggest challenges that you have faced thus far?

Gary: Designing, producing and scaling a hardware/software product as complex as Mellow is never easy and it creates numerous technical challenges.  But in my mind for any business time is always the biggest challenge.  Mellow is past its challenges and I think our time is now.

Joe: On a lighter note, what are your favorite meals to cook sous vide?

Gary: I am a lover of sous vide cooking and a good steak.  Pairing sous vide with a flank or skirt steak takes you from tough and chewy to tender and buttery.   Add to this a homemade chimichurri and it is an amazingly juicy and flavorful entrée.

Salmon, lightly seasoned with lemon and a side of asparagus is a mainstay for me too.  But I think the very best is waking up to my Mellow to perfectly cooked eggs, as it is a great way to start my day.

Joe: Clearly you folks are very innovative. What can we expect in the future from the Mellow team?

Gary: I agree we are very innovative, we have a great team and a very definitive path for Mellow, home chefs and sous vide lovers.   What I can say at this point is stay tuned.

Joe: Final question, I promise! For someone that’s new to sous vide cooking, why should they choose the Mellow as their first sous vide machine? For someone that’s experienced with sous vide, why should they trade in their current unit for a Mellow?

Gary: I think we agree that for 2017 sous vide is a very hot trend in home cooking.  If someone wants to have an app and system to act as your sous chef, then Mellow is it.   So for newcomers or sous vide pros Mellow is a very different experience from any other machine out there. We take a legendary cooking method and pair it with smart convenience.

Joe: Thanks again for taking the time to answer our questions, Gary. We’re all very excited for the launch of the Mellow!  Any final words or comments that you want to let our readers know?

Gary: For our early backers, thank for your patience and we look forward to you soon enjoying your Mellow!   For those intrigued with our product, I think it is a very wise choice to buy sooner than later, as we truly believe Mellow will become a favorite thing for families and home chefs everywhere.

Our Key Takeaways:

Takeaway #1: Built-in refrigeration is a game-changer. We can finally safely keep food in our machine from morning to night

Takeaway #2: In-app assistant is extremely comprehensive and will make your busy life that much easier

Takeaway #3: The Mellow truly is an all-in-one sous vide machine that’s great for beginners and experts alike.

What do you think about the Mellow? Let us know in the comments!

I want to thank Gary for taking the time to speak with me. I sure learned a lot from him, and I hope you folks did too! I cannot wait to get my hands on the Mellow!

Right now, the Mellow is available for order on their website, https://www.cookmellow.com/. Use coupon code SVWIZARD at checkout to receive 10 free bags!

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