The favourite kitchen tool of the home epicurean, the Thermomix, has left a Queensland senator mystified in parliamentary hearings.
Senate estimates hearings have been inquiring into the spending of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
His office has put out a tender for $80,000 – $100,000 worth of kitchen equipment for the Governor-General’s two residences – Yarralumla in Canberra and Admiralty House in Sydney.
Among the several items requested for the kitchens, one in particular stumped Labor senator Joe Ludwig.
“You’re seeking four stick blenders, two food processors, a – and you’re going to have to help me with this – a Thermomix?” Senator Ludwig asked the Governor-General’s official secretary, Mark Fraser.
“I don’t know what a Thermomix is.”
That admission prompted one of his colleagues to tease, “Where have you been?”
“Queensland,” he replied.
Senator Ludwig asked Mr Fraser to explain what a Thermomix is. But he, too, was at a loss.
“I don’t know what a Thermomix is,” he said.
“So there’s a couple of us who don’t know what a Thermomix is,” Senator Ludwig declared.
The Thermomix is billed by its manufacturers as “the most advanced kitchen appliance on the market today” that “unites the functions of 12 appliances in one compact unit.”