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Title:
ASSEMBLY OF A COOKING VESSEL AND A COOKING UTENSIL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2011/070601
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention relates to an assembly of a cooking vessel and a cooking utensil, where the cooking vessel comprises a container for a food to be cooked and a handle which extends from a lateral wall of said container, and where the cooking utensil comprises a working portion suitable to interact with the food and a grip portion of an elongated shape. In the handle of the vessel and in the grip portion of the utensil there are respective coupling portions complementary to each other which enable blocking of the utensil to the cooking vessel in a configuration of essential overlap even when the vessel is hung in a vertical position.

Inventors:
PRANDELLI VIGILIO (IT)
Application Number:
PCT/IT2009/000561
Publication Date:
June 16, 2011
Filing Date:
December 11, 2009
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
LUMENFLON S P A (IT)
PRANDELLI VIGILIO (IT)
International Classes:
A47J43/28; A47J45/06
Foreign References:
US20050241109A12005-11-03
JPH0736944U1995-07-11
US1196543A1916-08-29
US20050241109A12005-11-03
JPH0736944A1995-02-07
US1196543A1916-08-29
JP2005334583A2005-12-08
GB761503A1956-11-14
US2544846A1951-03-13
Other References:
See also references of EP 2509481A1
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHIMINI, Francesco et al. (Piazza della Vittoria 11, BRESCIA ., IT)
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Claims:
Claims

1. Assembly of a cooking vessel and a cooking utensil, where the cooking vessel comprises a container for a food to be cooked and a handle which extends from a lateral wall of said container, and where the cooking utensil comprises a working portion suitable to interact with the food and a grip portion of an elongated shape, characterised by the fact that in the handle of the vessel and in the grip portion of the utensil there are respective coupling portions complementary to each other which enable blocking of the utensil to the cooking vessel in a configuration of essential overlap even when the vessel is hung in a vertical position.

2. Assembly according to claim 1, wherein the grip portion of the utensil terminates near the attachment of the handle to the container and is connected to the working portion by a connection portion which passes over the lateral wall of the container and extends essentially parallel to it inside the container, almost as far as the bottom.

3. Assembly according to claim 2, wherein the working portion lies on or skims the bottom of the cooking vessel .

4. Assembly according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the grip portion of the utensil extends essentially along a longitudinal axis of the utensil, and in which the connection portion inside the container is inclined downwards in relation to said longitudinal axis, so as to be as close as possible and adherent to the lateral wall of said container.

5. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein said coupling portions are shaped so as to form a snap coupling.

6. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein said coupling portions are shaped so as form a shaped coupling, or to interlock.

7. Assembly according to claim 6, wherein said shaped coupling or interlock is made with calibrated interference .

8. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein at least one of the coupling portions of the handle of the vessel and the grip portion of the utensil comprises elastically flexible blocking means suitable to snap engage corresponding blocking counter-means made on the other of said coupling portions.

9. Assembly according to claim 8, wherein at least one portion of the handle of the vessel has a convex outer surface defining at least one undercut, and wherein at least one coupling portion of the grip portion of the utensil is a concave shape essentially complementary to said convex surface and with flexible lateral walls suitable to be engaged by said undercut.

10. Assembly according to claim 8, wherein on the side facing upwards of at least one portion of the handle of the vessel there is a seat suitable to receive at least one corresponding coupling portion of the grip portion of the utensil.

11. Assembly according to claim 10, wherein said seat is an aperture made near the distal end of the handle and wherein said coupling portion comprises a projection which extends from a distal portion of the grip portion and which is suitable to snap into said aperture.

12. Assembly according to claim 10, wherein said seat is in the shape of a longitudinal channel made essentially along the entire extension of the handle and delimited by lateral walls defining an undercut, and wherein essentially the entire grip portion of the utensil snaps into said longitudinal channel.

13. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein the handle has, near its distal end, at least one through aperture, and wherein the grip portion of the utensil terminates with a shaped extremity suitable to couple onto said through aperture.

14. Assembly according to any of the claims 10-13, wherein the upper surface of the handle is influenced by a lowered longitudinal zone in which the grip portion of the utensil is at least partially housed.

15. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein the handle has a channel-shaped structure open towards the bottom and has a first through aperture made near the end attached to the vessel, and at least one second through aperture made near the distal end of the handle, and wherein the grip portion of the utensil is at least partially housed inside said channel-shaped structure of the handle and engages in at least said first and second aperture.

16. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein the grip portion of the utensil adheres essentially to the shape of the handle so that the grip portion and handle appear closely connected to form a single body.

17. Assembly according to claim 16, wherein the grip portion of the utensil is included inside the transversal dimension of the handle.

18. Assembly according to any of the previous claims, wherein the grip portion of the utensil slides longitudinally in relation to the handle.

Description:
"Assembly of a cooking vessel and a cooking utensil"

DESCRIPTION

[001] The present invention relates to the sector of kitchen cooking instruments and refers in particular to an assembly of a vessel for cooking foods and a cooking utensil suitable to be used in conjunction with said vessel. The cooking vessel comprises a container for a food to be cooked and a handle which extends from a lateral portion of said container. The cooking utensil comprises a terminal working portion, that is suitable to interact with the food, and an elongated grip portion.

[002] Examples of cooking vessels of this type are frying pans, grill pans, sauce pans and casseroles. Cooking utensils utilisable with such vessels are, for example, fish slices, wooden forks or spoons, ladles etc.

[003] Cooking vessels having a handle suitable to act as a support for the utensil during cooking are already known. Such combinations of vessel handle and utensil are aimed in fact at resolving the problem of where to put the utensil during use or immediately after preparation of the food. In fact, the utensil used to handle the food gets dirty during cooking and a way of resting it, when not handled, without dirtying the worktop or other objects around the hob, needs to be found.

[004] Cooking vessels having a shaped handle to hold the cooking utensil when not in use have thus been proposed. Given that during the cooking of a food the utensil is usually used in a discontinuous manner, the coupling of the utensil and handle must be such as to allow immediate separation of the utensil from the handle, with one hand, and if possible without moving the cooking vessel. At most therefore the handle has coupling means to the utensil, for example lateral tabs, suitable to prevent the utensil from falling off the side of the handle.

[005] The purpose of the present invention is rather to propose a cooking vessel and relative cooking utensil suitable to be coupled so as to form a single assembly when not used, in particular when stored, for example, with the vessel hanging from a hook, and also at the moment of sale.

[006] Another purpose of the present invention is to propose an assembly as described above which makes it possible to pile a number of vessels with relative utensils on top of each other or inside each other, thus achieving the dual result of saving space when storing both the vessels and the utensils.

[007] Such purposes are achieved by an assembly according to claim 1. The dependent claims describe preferred or advantageous embodiments of the assembly. [008] The characteristics and advantages of the assembly according to the invention will, in any case, be evident from the description below of its preferred embodiments made by way of a non-limiting example with reference to the attached drawings, wherein:

[009] - figure 1 shows a perspective view of an assembly of a cooking vessel and a cooking utensil, in a first embodiment;

[0010] - figure 2 shows the assembly in figure 1, seen from the side;

[0011] - figure 3 is a cross-section of the assembly along the line A-A in figure 2;

[0012] - figure 4 shows an assembly in a second embodiment, in a perspective view;

[0013] - figure 5 shows only the handle of the cooking vessel ;

[0014] - figure 6 shows a detail of the cooking utensil in the assembly of figure 4;

[0015] - figure 7 shows an assembly in a third embodiment, in a perspective view;

[0016] - figure 8 shows the handle of the cooking vessel only;

[0017] - figure 9 shows a detail of the cooking utensil of the assembly in figure 7;

[0018] - figure 10 shows an assembly in a fourth embodiment, in a perspective view;

[0019] - figure 11 shows the handle of the cooking vessel only;

[0020] - figure 12 is a transversal cross-section of the handle in figure 11; and

[0021] - figure 13 is a transversal cross-section of the grip portion of the cooking utensil.

[0022] In said drawings, reference numerals 10; 20; 30; 40 globally denote in its entirety an assembly of a cooking vessel 11; 21; 31; 41 and a cooking utensil 12; 22; 32;

42 according to the invention.

[0023] The cooking vessel comprises a container 13; 23; 33;

43 for a food to be cooked and a handle 14; 24; 34; 44 which extends from a lateral wall of said container. The handle may be permanently attached to the cooking container, or detachable.

[0024] The cooking utensil 12-42 comprises a working portion 15; 25; 35; 45, in other words suitable to interact with the food, for example, in the case of a fish slice, to remove it from the bottom of the container and turn it, and a grip portion 16; 26, 36; 46 of an elongated shape and of a length for example comparable to that of the handle of the vessel.

[0025] According to one aspect of the invention, in the handle of the vessel and in the grip portion of the utensil there are respective coupling portions, complementary to each other, which enable blocking of the utensil to the cooking vessel in a configuration of substantial overlap even when the vessel is hung in a vertical position.

[0026] A configuration of essential overlap is taken to mean a relation of at least close contact, with the respective longitudinal axes essentially parallel to each other .

[0027] According to a preferred embodiment, the grip portion of the utensil terminates near the attachment of the handle to the container and is connected to the working portion by means of a connection portion 17; 27; 37; 47 which passes over the lateral wall of the container and extends essentially parallel to it inside the container, as far as the bottom. In other words, before the attachment zone of the handle to the lateral wall of the container, the cooking utensil deviates in relation to the direction of the handle so as to pass over the rim of the container. Depending on the shape of the handle and/or of its point of attachment to the lateral wall of the container, the connection portion of the cooking utensil may have a more or less accentuated curved shape, for example bridge-shaped. In any case, once beyond the lateral wall of the vessel, such connection portion suddenly flexes downwards, so as to be as close as possible to the lateral wall. In other words, compared to the direction taken by the grip portion, the connection portion which extends inside the container is inclined or deviated downwards. In some embodiments, such downward deviation of the connection portion actually forms an accentuated discontinuity in the line of the cooking utensil. This is so as to adapt the profile of the cooking utensil not just to that of the handle, but to that of the entire cooking vessel.

[0028] Preferably, in addition, the connection portion of the cooking utensil is essentially the same height as the lateral wall of the container, so that the working portion rests on or skims the bottom of the cooking vessel.

[0029] This way, the cooking utensil, when connected to the cooking vessel, does not significantly limit the volume of the container and thus permits the use of such volume, for example to house the container of another cooking vessel .

[0030] Some preferred embodiments of the assembly of a cooking vessel and of a relative cooking utensil will now be described.

[0031] In one embodiment, for example shown in figures 1-6, the coupling portions are shaped so as to form a snap coupling. In particular, at least one of the coupling portions of the handle of the vessel and of the grip portion of the utensil comprises elastically flexible blocking means suitable to snap engage corresponding blocking counter means made on the other of said coupling portions .

[0032] For example (figures 1-3), at least one portion of the handle 14 of the vessel has a convex outer surface defining at least one undercut 18; at least one coupling portion of the grip portion 16 of the utensil is a concave shape essentially complementary to said convex surface and with flexible lateral walls 19 suitable to be engaged by said undercut 18. Such coupling portions 18, 19 may extend all along the length of the handle and of the grip portion of the utensil, or, alternatively, be localised in one or more areas of the handle and of the grip portion.

[0033] In one embodiment variation, in at least one portion of the handle of the vessel there is a seat suitable to receive at least one corresponding coupling portion of the grip portion of the utensil.

[0034] For example (figures 4-6), said seat comprises at least one aperture made near the distal end of the handle 24. The coupling portion of the grip portion 26 comprises at least one projection 29 which extends downwards from a distal portion of the grip portion and which is suitable to snap engage in said aperture.

[0035] In a further embodiment, the seat made in the handle is in the shape of a longitudinal channel made essentially along the entire extension of the handle and delimited by lateral walls defining an undercut. Essentially the entire grip portion of the utensil snap engages into said longitudinal channel. This embodiment solution is particularly advantageous in that it enables at least partial incorporation of the grip portion in the handle of the vessel, that is , the inclusion of at least part of the grip portion in the transversal dimension of the handle.

[0036] It should be noted that such incorporation of the grip portion in the handle is also illustrated in the previous example too (figures 4-6), in which the handle 24, beyond the aperture 28, has a lowered longitudinal zone 24' which accommodates the grip portion 26 of the utensil .

[0037] In one embodiment, the coupling portions are shaped so as form a shaped coupling, or interlock, preferably with calibrated interference. The calibrated interference makes it possible to achieve a stable coupling between the two coupling portions alternative to or combined with the snap coupling. [0038] For example (figures 7-9), the handle 34 has, near its distal end, at least one through aperture 38 in which it engages a hook shaped end 39 of the grip portion 36.

[0039] In this case too the handle 34 is influenced by a lowered longitudinal area 34' housing the grip portion 36.

[0040] In another embodiment (figures 10-13), the handle 44 has a channel-shaped structure open downwards and bears a first through aperture 48, for example of an elongated shape, near the attachment end of the vessel, and at least one second through aperture 49 made near the distal end of the handle 44. The grip portion 46 of the utensil 42 is housed at least partially inside said channel- shaped structure of the handle and engages in at least said first and second aperture 48, 49. In particular, the grip portion 42 of the utensil has raised or thicker zones 50, at least at the point of the second through aperture 49 in the handle and lowered or thinner zones 51, elsewhere. The connection portion 47 to the working portion 45 extends from the end of the part of the grip portion inserted in the first aperture 48.

[0041] This example of a shaped coupling also makes it possible to incorporate the grip portion of the utensil in the handle, therefore avoiding that the coupling results in an increase in size compared to a single handle.

[0042] More generally however, the grip portion of the utensil adheres essentially to the shape of the handle so that the grip portion and handle appear closely connected to form a single body.

[0043] In one advantageous embodiment, the grip portion of the utensil slides longitudinally in relation to the handle. This way, the same cooking utensil can be associated with handles of different lengths.

[0044] In addition, in the embodiments of the handles 24; 34; 44 two apertures 28; 38; 49 are provided next to the distal ends of said handles, so that cooking utensils of different lengths, or containers of different shapes, may be joined to the same handle.

[0045] A person skilled in the art may make modifications, adaptations and replacements of elements with others functionally equivalent to the embodiments of the assembly according to the invention so as to satisfy contingent requirements while remaining within the scope of protection of the following claims. Each of the claims described as belonging to one possible embodiment may be realised independently of the other embodiments described .