Breville Acquires Food-Tech Company ChefSteps

Breville Group has acquired Seattle-based food and technology company, ChefSteps.

Founded in 2012, ChefSteps, with its website, offers consumers interactive content that showcases cooking techniques, tools, and resources. The company four years ago launched Joule, touted as the world’s smallest sous vide immersion circulator, which is controlled by a smartphone app.

Officials with Breville, best known for its assortment of high-end kitchen electrics, said the acquisition of ChefSteps will enhance the long-term R&D capacity that brought the Joule product to market. It will also allow for continued and sustained focus on innovation while increasing global commercial scale to further maximize the value of the ChefSteps content platform and portfolio of connected Joule products, the companies said.

In addition, Breville is no stranger to the world of sous vide having acquired in 2014 the PolyScience Culinary division, which is best known for its immersion circulators and temperature control technology.

“ChefSteps has produced tremendous innovation in the content and connected hardware space, and we are excited at the scale we can achieve by combining their content and intellectual property with our current and future consumer products,” said Jim Clayton, Breville’s CEO. “We also look forward to engaging with, and serving, the very active and enthusiastic community ChefSteps has built around its product and content.”

ChefSteps will be integrated into the Breville Group business while maintaining its offices in Seattle.