Product Feature: ILVE’s G5 Cooktops

ILVE is continuing to revolutionise the way we cook with the safer, smarter and more efficient G5 range of induction cooktops.

By re-engineering the classic circular inductors, ILVE’s 5th generation of high-end induction cooktops have an exciting array of modern and stylish features.

The innovative G5 cooktops have a square inductor panel included in their sophisticated design. This helpful feature rapidly maximises the space and cooking proficiency of your cooktop, giving you faster and superior meals each time you cook!

With minimalist lines and stylish KeraBlack+ glass, these adaptable cooktops not only fit with any kitchen’s style, but they also possess a timeless elegance. In addition to its aesthetic superiority, the G5 boasts advanced safety features like residual heat signals and child-safe control panels. This is one of the safest ways of cooking, as there is no heat being produced on the cooking surface.

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The G5 range is made even savvier by the inclusion of a slider touch control with direct access to 11 different heating levels. Temperature control for the cooktop is immediate, and the heat is evenly spread over the bottom of the pan. The ILVE induction elements also include booster zones to further minimise heat-up times.

Other fundamental factors of the G5 cooktop include the ergonomic central positioning, which allows more space for pots and pans. An auto-stop function, which will trigger after 10 hours, is also standard, and a temperature-limiter is in effect in the event of boil dry.

ILVE’s G5 range of induction cooktops ensure the utmost safety in your household and also guarantee complete efficiency in your cooking!

ILVE G5 Induction cooktops are available in five different sizes (59cm, 70cm, 78cm, 90cm, 91cm). They are available in selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally.

For more information log onto or call 1300 694 583.

Epic Sail

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Ollie Hartas, the intrepid skipper of Team Southern Cross & ILVE, tells us about living with ILVE on the high seas.

Hi Ollie! How did your involvement with ILVE come about?

I started racing the 18’ skiff unsponsored and running it off my own savings account. After a season-and-a-half, Suzanne Stevens from Winning Appliances successfully got ILVE interested in sponsoring my skiff and we’ve been working together ever since Christmas 2013-2014.

Can you tell us about the kind of boats that you sail on?

The ILVE skiff is called an 18’ skiff and it is the absolute last word in extreme monohull sailing. Back in the 1800s they were workboats that Aussie harbour workers would race on during their lunch break. It grew to be the premier racing spectacle of the country, with races being run every weekend and spectators lining the shores of the entire Harbour with multiple ferries taking out keen punters to bet on the racing.

That sounds like a rather fancy day out.  

These boats are the Formula 1 of sailing, and there is a spectator ferry that follows the racing each week with live commentary. The race is also filmed and broadcast live online.

What happens during a race? Is it super-competitive?

When you get to the top level of any sport, it gets super- competitive. And when the top level of a sport involves big, strong Aussie blokes with egos and muscles bulging, things can get very, VERY competitive!

Are you used to the level of competitiveness now?

I started steering these boats when I was 19 years old and have been racing since, making me the youngest continuing skipper in the class by quite a long way. I am also the smallest of the sailors. This means that during my first season, a lot of the sailors sized me up and thought I was no threat to them… but in one of my first races, I shocked the whole fleet by getting a sixth place!

In the end, everybody in the fleet knows how difficult it is to sail these boats, let alone run one, so there is definitely a level of respect for anyone who stays with the class longer than two seasons, and I’ve steered the 18’ skiff for 3 seasons!

Is everyone pretty friendly with one another when they aren’t racing?

When you’re rigging the boats, everyone is everyone else’s mate and we’re borrowing tools and parts from each other and having a great time – but as soon as we hit the water, it’s game on and we are all in race mode.

What’s your favourite meal?

I have a number of favourite meals but I can narrow it down a little to pasta, chicken thigh on the BBQ, sushi, and anything with bacon!

Do you have a favourite ILVE product?

I love our oven because every time Mum bakes a cake or cooks up some fabulous dish, it always comes out perfect and delicious!

For Team Southern Cross updates and results, visit:

For more information about ILVE, visit:

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Introducing ILVE’s 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven

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At ILVE, we’re known for our impressive collection of top-of-the-line products. We’re continuing this proud legacy by expanding our built-in appliance range with the release of the larger 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven. User-friendly and technologically advanced, this model is a perfect addition to any home!

The features of the 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven include a spatial capacity of 123L, giving you enough room to whip up any culinary delights you may desire. The double fan with heating elements also provides superior heat distribution in the generous oven space, creating a lack of oven ‘hot spots’ and generating ideal, multi-level cooking each time you use the oven.

Further taking advantage of the model’s substantial room, the full-cavity width grill utilises a heat reflecting surface that allows for the grilling of an oven that’s full of food. With six possible grill positions and 13 different oven functions, the 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven has got your culinary needs covered, from pizza to homemade bread. But it gets better: the low energy consumption of the 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven means you can cook practically guilt-free!

While the cooking functions of an oven are vital, the cleaning of the appliance is of the utmost importance as well. One of the most distinctive features of the oven is the pyrolytic cleaning function. For quick cleaning, simply set the pyrolytic cycle at the end of cooking. This function raises the oven’s temperature to 475°C, which incinerates any food residue on the oven walls. At the end of the cycle, just wipe the
oven’s walls with a damp cloth to eliminate any remains.

For easy cooking and even easier cleaning, say goodbye to heavy chemicals with harsh odours, and say hello to pyrolytic!

ILVE’s ILCO7613P 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven has an RRP of $4,999. For more info, visit

ILVE Announces Noosa International Food and Wine Festival Sponsorship


As all good foodies know, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is coming up quickly, and we’re pleased to announce our involvement once again! For the fifth year in a row, ILVE is proud to be a sponsor of the event, which will run from May 14– 17.

“It is with great pleasure that ILVE Appliances are once again associated with the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival,” said Daniel Bertuccio, Marketing Manager for ILVE.

“With what has become Australia’s premier food, wine and lifestyle event, ILVE contributes to the show by providing its premium cooking appliances for use in the theatre sessions held over the four-day extravaganza along with displaying its latest range of household cooking appliances in the grand marquee.”

“The ILVE brand shares this same infectious passion for food and cooking as the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, and we’re thrilled to be able to get on-board and partner once again with this internation

Held in gorgeous Noosa, in the Sunshine Coast, the lineup for the festival this year includes events like food trails, degustation dinners, celebrity chef demonstrations and, of course, the final showdown of our Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition!

With a bunch of celebrity chefs and food bloggers, plenty of wine and world-class food, make sure you don’t miss out on the 2015 Noosa International Food and Wine Festival!

Click here to book tickets to the 2015 Noosa International Food and Wine Festival.

Renovations Celebration


What better way to show off a renovation than with a celebration? To commemorate our recently refurbished Brisbane Showroom, we invited a select group of local journalists, interior designers and architects for an exclusive walk-through of our new space.

For a special reveal of our Showroom, we asked Brisbane-based media and industry professionals to view the new space, as well as check out our extensive array of ILVE products on display.

As well as showing off our new look, our guests were also treated to a retelling of ILVE’s history as a brand. Queensland’s State Manager, Mark Tebbutt, was on-hand to answer questions with his expert knowledge of all things ILVE, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

To top off the afternoon, attendees were also treated to a product demonstration in the Showroom’s working kitchen. Our in-house home economist Steve Marsh whipped up lunch in an ILVE oven, serving up a delicious spread of roasted meats, salads, fresh seafood, hearty pasta, sweet desserts and plenty of wine.

The fun had to end sometime though, and to make the afternoon even sweeter, our guests were gifted with ILVE goodie bags, with extensive product information and a DVD featuring recipes by Giovanni Pilu.

With a walk-through this fun, we think we should renovate our showrooms more often!

ILVE Presents: Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Finalists

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The annual Noosa International Food & Wine Festival (NIFW) is coming up in May, and we’re already in the spirit! Throughout February, more than 18 home cooks battled it out across Australia in the State Finals of Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition.

Proudly sponsored by ILVE for the fifth year in a row, the exciting State Finals for the competition were held at each of our showrooms. With our top-of-the-line products available for our contestants to whip up their masterpieces in, some truly mouth-watering dishes were produced. The State Final judges, including NIFW Director Jim Berardo, followed this culinary journey around the country, sampling each recipe the contestants had to offer. Did somebody say, “Dream Job”?

As difficult as it was to choose, winners eventually had to be crowned. You can meet the talented State Finals champions right here before they go on to battle in the Grand Final:

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Beth McMillan will be representing NSW & ACT. Here she is with her dish: Twice Cooked Duck Marylands with Anchovies.

Missie Austwick

Our winner for Tasmania is Missie Austwick! She cooked a Beef Steak, Bacon and Oyster Pie that we’re just dying to try as the weather cools down.

John Beaney

Representing Victoria is John Beaney, who cooked this divine dish of Bocconcini Meatballs.

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April Kopf was chosen as WA’s representative, her winning dish was an amazing serving of Shakshuka.

Louise Di Virgilio

Here is the SA winner, Louise Di Virgilio! Her dish of King Prawn Linguine was too good to resist.

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Jacqui Smyth’s classic dish of Fish and Chips won her the QLD title, and it’s not hard to see why!

The sensational Grand Final of Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition will take place on Sunday, May 17 at NIFW. We’re looking forward to seeing which brilliant home chef will come out on top!

For tickets and further information on the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, visit their website here:

Product Feature: ILVE’S Majestic Freestanding Range

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For those who need an oven that is as functional as it is stylish, we’ve got the model for you! ILVE’S Majestic Freestanding range encompasses some of our most luxurious and technologically advanced models.

With a classic-cum-contemporary look, the Majestic Freestanding models are kitchen centerpieces that are sure to demand attention. Featuring the same cooktop options as the ILVE Quadra range, these exceptional cookers will compliment any kitchen, and its chef.

With several innovative configurations for added kitchen safety – from the cool touch athermic door handle, triple-glazed glass for cooler door temperatures and integrated twin cavity cooling system – ILVE creates a carefree cooking experience.

Adding to the models’ practicality is the no-fuss cleaning features. Self-cleaning catalytic liners and roof panels are paired with a non-staining vitreous enamel interior for a low-maintenance cleaning practice, while the oven door is constructed with dismountable inner glass for easy removal.

Apart from their functional features, the distinctive style of the Majestic Freestanding Ovens ensures that they stand out in the marketplace. To enhance their sense of style even further, ILVE offers customers the chance to create a customised look. Choose between one of eight colours, including the Burgundy, which shares a similar aesthetic with 2015’s most prominent colour, Marsala (also the Pantone Colour of the Year 2015). Finish off the look with brass, chrome or bronze fittings, and select from five available sizes (70cm, 90cm, 100cm, 120cm and 150cm). Also available are matching range hoods with infrared heat lamps.

Always innovative and creative, ILVE continues to provide unrivaled design, choice and functionality to the kitchen.

ILVE’s Majestic Freestanding Ovens are on display in ILVE showrooms and selected retailers.

ILVE Celebrates With Stellar Wine Cellar Collection

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The festive season has just gotten a little more exciting with the release of our new Wine Cellar and Beverage Centre collection!

Combining style and quality, the collection has been designed with ILVE’s trademark sophisticated aesthetic in mind. Functionally, each of the four products allows wine and beverages to be kept at their ideal humidity and temperature to guarantee their quality is maintained.

Created in collaboration with Vintec, the four-piece range consists of both a Single and Dual Zone Wine Cellar, and a Beverage Centre to accompany the built-in wine cellar.

Living up to its name, the Single Zone Wine Cellar facilitates the storage of up to 40 Bordeaux bottles at a single temperature, between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius and a humidity of approximately 70%. The Dual Zone Wine cellar allows for greater flexibility in the storage of wine with a temperature zone that can be set between 6 and 22 degrees Celsius, meaning you can create a perfect storage space for both red and white wines simultaneously!

Just in time for the festive season, the Beverage Centre has been created to house up to 100 beer cans or bottles – enough to cater any holiday party. This makes it the ideal product for saving precious fridge space when those summer gatherings roll around!

Summer provides ample opportunities for entertaining, so now is the time to invest in extra wine and beverage storage for your home. With Christmas just around the corner, ILVE’s Cellar Range presents fantastic gift ideas for budding sommeliers in the family – providing a home for an expanding wine collection.

ILVE’s Wine Cellars and Beverage Centre are now on display at ILVE Showrooms and selected retailers Australia-wide. For more info, log onto

ILVE’s Piano Flush Cooktop: The Latest in Gas Cooktop Technology

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With style and safety both being a priority in ILVE’s designs, our new Piano Flush Cooktop is the perfect marriage of both! By using state-of-the-art and innovative technologies, the cooktop is perfect for any level of cook, from beginners to top chefs.

The ingenuity of the Piano Flush lies in its design, with four gas burners comprising of small, medium and large sizes, front sensor touch controls and cast-iron grills. The cast-iron grills are designed to be as level as possible, all while conserving the efficiency of the burners. The Piano Flush design utilises extra thickness of the grills at their external perimeter to ensure greater protection of solid work surfaces.

By using the latest technology in gas cooktops, the Piano Flush employs forward-thinking technology, like automatic re-ignition. This means that the cooking surfaces will make up to three attempts to re-ignite automatically if the cooktop’s flames are going out. In other cases, if the cooktop does not ignite, the protection against gas leaks (Gasprotekt) intervenes to rectify the situation.

The Piano Flush Cooktop provides a sense of confidence and ease when cooking with gas. The cutting-edge cooktop applies a sensor to identify the temperature of each burner when it is turned off, lighting the letter H on the relative digital display until the temperature lowers to a tepid level, allowing the burner to be cleaned.

The Piano Flush Cooktop exemplifies ILVE’s sophisticated and pioneering kitchen appliances, with its sleek design, tech-savvy features and, above all, by providing the latest safety features for gas cooking.

ILVE’s Piano Flush Cooktop is available in selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally. For more information: or call 1300 694 583. 

Interview with The Block's Kyal and Kara

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We had a chat with The Block fan favourites Kyal and Kara Demmrich about their design inspirations, advice for would-be renovators, and their life after The Block.

When did you discover your passion for renovating?

Our passion for renovating started when we were about 18. Kyal

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was working as a carpenter and pulled some old Oregon weatherboards off an old house he was working on. He brought them home, and we made a huge frame for an old mirror. We realised at that point how we could recycle materials and make some really cool furniture. We bought our first home a couple of years later and got the chance to put some of these skills to action, we got addicted to the transformation process and the rest is history!

Who are your biggest design inspirations?

From an interior design point of view, Hecker Guthrie and his team are so amazing at creating beautiful spaces. They are definitely an awesome team of inspiring, creative people. Mark Tuckey and his team are inspiring, we love that their simple timber designs are always fresh and they use recycled timber and sustainably managed forestry sources. Architectural Digest is also an awesome place to go and get inspiration from around the world.

What is the best piece of renovation advice you learned from your time on The Block?

We learnt a lot about time casino online management and planning on The Block. Good quality workmanship can happen if you are pre-planning, are organised and have a great team behind you. In the “real world” its not always possible to turn a bathroom around as quickly as we do on The Block, however we learnt to be more efficient with our time, and we have taken a few of these skills into our own business.

What do you think would-be renovators should know before undertaking a home transformation?

First time renovators should know that you can”t complete a quality home renovation without professional tradesmen. It”s important for people to realise that there are a lot of things that you just can”t do without a professional, for example plumbing, electrical, structural carpentry work and tiling. It’s cheaper, and safer, in the long run to get a professional to complete these things. Planning is also important, not only in terms of layout and aesthetics, but also setting a budget. Also be clear as to what your goals are. Are you renovating to sell, as a “stepping stone” or is this your “dream home”? Thinking about these will help to ensure you don”t over-capitalise or have regrets about choices you are making.

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Copper and brass are really hot at the moment, whether that is fixtures and fittings such as pendants and tap ware, or something a little less permanent, like copper candle holders or table lamps for styling. I predict we will be seeing some exciting new concepts in bathroom fitting designs, such as tapware of different finishes and colours. I can also see some Moroccan inspired designs making a come back in interior soft finishes and patterned tiles.

How is life after the Block? Tell us a bit about your new business.

Life after The Block has been very exciting for us! We have launched our own design and construct business Diverse Design & Construct. We offer a range of services including renovations, new builds, commercial and retail fit out and custom bespoke pieces. We have some exciting projects in the pipeline. We also have some great DIY videos coming later in the year, for those looking to undertake some small projects of their own. You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for updates on projects.

We are also ambassadors for some great companies, including Bisley Workwear and Beaumont Tiles. This month Kyal and I are involved in a great initiative, “National Tradies Health Month” run by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and sponsored by Steel Blue Boots, it”s all about educating tradesmen on the importance of better health and safety.

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This is what ILVE is all about. We are passionate about cooking, about food, about cooking great food and maybe failing in the first efforts. Everything to do with cooking and eating is an experience to be celebrated and shared. We believe in getting lost in a food moment and making sure as many people know about is as possible. From recipes to kitchen design, live with ILVE will feature guest content, reviews, images, tips and more from many walks of life.