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Modern take on Argentinian-style grilling brings more power and versatility

Jan 19, 2016

Today at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet is showcasing an updated version of its Gaucho Grill.
The original Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill – which was released in spring 2015 – brought modern luxury and convenience to the time-honored design of Argentinian-style wood-fired grills. Like Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet’s full line of products, the Gaucho Grill sets the industry standard for design, performance and quality.

The 2016 version of the Gaucho features a substantial improvement focused on ease of use. The ratchet mechanism has been eliminated to enable one-handed raising and lowering of the grill grate and motorized rotisserie spit.

Now users simply need to turn the grill’s 30-inch spoked stainless-steel wheel to adjust the height of the food above the fire, thereby controlling the intensity of the cooking heat. Raise the food higher for more gentle heat, or lower it close to the fire for intense searing.

“Our heritage is deeply rooted in product innovation. We’re always pursuing ways to make our products even better – and ultimately, improve the outdoor cooking experience,” said Russ Faulk, chief designer and head of product for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. “We have made this seemingly minor tweak, which will have significant impact on the day-to-day usability of our popular Gaucho Grill.”

The grill’s high-powered gas starter system easily lights a wood or charcoal fire in fewer than 10 minutes. Advanced airflow helps start the fire more quickly and delivers efficient heat. Simply arrange the cooking wood on the fire grates, ignite the burners and a roaring fire will soon be ready. There’s no need for kindling or skill in starting a fire.

A 726 square-inch cooking cradle carries interchangeable grill grates specially designed for meat, fish or vegetables. Each one is laser cut from quarter-inch thick slabs of stainless steel. The vegetable grate has openings small enough to prevent green beans from falling through and into the fire. The fish surface, with thin half-moon openings, reduces drying out, breaking up and flaking.

The same cradle also holds the rotisserie spit. Just remove one or more grill grates and insert the roasting spit. The motor is built into the grill, and the spit moves with the cooking cradle, operating at any height above the fire.
A convenient ash collection system eliminates the mess and the need to shovel ash out of a traditional fire pan. The angled sides of the deep hopper funnel below the fire grates move away ash and creates a chimney effect for better heat flow. As wood or charcoal burns, the debris falls through the grates, past the burners, down the funnel and into a stainless steel cleanout bin.

Hand built at the time of order in the Kalamazoo area of Michigan, the Gaucho Grill is available in two freestanding models and a built-in version. The new version will be available this spring through, select dealerships throughout the United States and Canada and certified design professionals. To find the nearest showroom, visit the dealer locator on the Kalamazoo website.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To learn more about the Gaucho Grill, request high-resolution images or schedule an interview with Russ Faulk, chief designer and head of product, contact Brad Carlson at 312-423-8703 (office), 630-915-1414 (mobile) or

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