The Creation of Chef-Inspired Frozen Meals

November 1, 2014

Recently, we took a trip with Howard from the Mr. Food Test Kitchen to visit Nestlé, the makers of brands like Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine. Head Chef Lucien Vendóme showed us around Nestlé’s state-of-the-art test kitchen and talked about the real ingredients and nutritional care that goes into each product. See how Chef Vendóme describes the creation and perfection of some of today’s top products!

There are so many sources of inspiration from world-renowned chefs to mom’s kitchen. Nestlé’s expert chefs track current trends and anticipate the next “in” flavor when creating new recipes. With each new variation they thoughtfully consider the flavors, textures and aesthetics of the dish. Food tasting, called “paneling,” is a serious business.

The final result, Chef Vendóme says is perfect quality, perfect portion, perfect nutrition and convenience all in one. Every dish is created by chefs who care about the quality of the product. “If you try hard enough, you can taste a little passion in every bite,” he says.

So what has come of the recent hard work in the Nestlé Test Kitchen? Here are a few of their new creations:Stouffers Meat Lovers Lasagna

  • A new twist on a family favorite, the Stouffer’s Family-size Meat Lover’s Lasagna, combines freshly made pasta with a hearty tomato sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef and pork.
  • An update of a classic, the Stouffer’s Mac Cup is the same great Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese made with 100% real cheddar, now in a convenient cup.
  • Stouffers OatmealFor a tasty way to start your day, try the new Lean Cuisine Morning Collection. With breakfast sandwiches and oatmeals, this assortment of tasty combinations will give you a whole new reason to get up in the morning.
  • Stouffers Pita DipJust in time to meet America’s obsession with snacking, Lean Cuisine introduces a line of healthy and nutritious snacks including Pita bread with dip, spring rolls and stuffed pretzel bites.


To see more of our adventures in the Nestlé Test Kitchen, view the first video in the series, and stay tuned for more highlights!

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