Microplane’s Master Series collection performs the near impossible – making kitchen graters desirable as well as functional. However, amazingly, it is not alone: those looking for a more conventional grater with more than a touch of design class can certainly go for the recent Alessi collaboration with Zaha Hadid – but we all know how well Microplane’s slice through stuff. Now, however, they actually look the part thanks to the addition of elegant oiled walnut handles sourced from Kentucky, USA. The Master Series collection is available in five blade styles. The long, narrow Master Zester is the perfect for those who prefer to use a rasp-style grater for zesting citrus fruit. The Master Fine Grater is for grating aromatics and spices into a fine paste (it also transforms Parmesan and other hard cheeses into fluffy shards. The Master Coarse Grater is for larger texture grating. The Master Ribbon Grater grates in both directions creating thin strips to add texture and garnish to salads and is also ideal for grating chocolate and apple. Finally, the Master Extra Coarse Grater is a champion at making slaw from cabbage, grating root vegetables, cold butter and even fresh coconut. Brogue particularly likes the half-moon shaped stainless steel loop at the end of the handles allowing you to hang the collection on a wall rack.

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