Inside the Test Kitchen

At Hamilton Beach, our products are carefully tested just the way you’ll use them at home: in a real kitchen with real recipes, made with food that’s readily available in everyday grocery stores. In our spacious consumer test kitchen in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, Lynne and Laurie test products, develop guides, create recipes, and more. The homey kitchen might remind you of your own cooking space, except it has two desks in the back – a workspace where they write FAQ guides, research recipes, and support our consumer affairs team. While many companies outsource this work, at Hamilton Beach we are proud to have an in-house test kitchen run by our skilled team. With a newly renovated kitchen and all the appliances they could possibly need, our test kitchen experts work hard to advocate for the consumer and ensure all our products are perfectly suited for a home kitchen.

Validate Product Performance

Our test kitchen experts do more than just cook. They are a multi-tasking, multi-talented team whose expertise extends far beyond recipes. They collaborate with our engineers and test new products to ensure our appliances will work flawlessly when used in your kitchen.

Develop Product Literature

After extensively testing each product, Lynne and Laurie develop the Use & Care guides, helpful tips, and recipes that are included with the products you buy. After they carefully construct a Use & Care guide that is consumer-friendly, eight different departments within Hamilton Beach review the guide to ensure accuracy and safety. Although you might be tempted to tuck it away somewhere, our Test Kitchen Manager explains “your Use & Care guide is a valuable resource to inspire and instruct – think of it as your peek into the test kitchen.”

Support Consumer Affairs

Since our test kitchen experts work intimately with the products and understand exactly how they work, they partner with our consumer affairs team to answer questions from people like you. Lynne and Laurie help train our consumer affairs representatives to make sure they have expert knowledge of each and every Hamilton Beach product so the information you receive is clear and accurate.

Provide Culinary Expertise

The test kitchen focuses on the “end game,” meaning what consumers will do once they have a Hamilton Beach product at home. This focus leads to one of the best parts about working in the consumer test kitchen – creating recipes like the grilled margherita pizza they worked so hard to perfect. They walk a recipe through its many stages of development before it reaches you: conception, testing, approval, photography, and finally, publication. Our social media team and home economists orchestrate the photography of the recipes right here in our consumer test kitchen. The photos you see on our website and blog are recipes made by Lynne and Laurie using Hamilton Beach appliances, and they are as delicious as they look – those nearby share in the feast as soon as photography is complete. Home economist Laurie says, "I love the creativity of recipe development and trying to make each recipe unique to Hamilton Beach." Try out a Hamilton Beach tested recipe today; you’ll be glad you did.

Meet the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


Lynne Just

Lynne Just is the Consumer Test Kitchen Manager at Hamilton Beach. She received her BA in education from the College of William & Mary and holds an AAS in Culinary Arts and a Pastry Arts Career Studies Certificate from J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining Hamilton Beach, Lynne worked for Sur La Table, Inc. as a Resident Chef/Program Manager.  Lynne currently oversees the Hamilton Beach Consumer Test Kitchen where she develops new recipes, tests products and works on use and cares. Although Lynne loves all food, her true passion is ice cream and pie (or both together)—especially when she can make and gift to a friend. If not in the kitchen, you'll probably can find Lynne spending time with her three grown children, enjoying the beach, doing home DIY projects or volunteering.



Laurie Klein

Laurie Klein is a Consumer Test Kitchen Specialist in the Consumer Test Kitchen at Hamilton Beach. She earned her degree in home economics education from State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She started with an internship that solidified her passion for recipe development and worked her way up to manage the Nestle Test Kitchen. Additionally, Laurie has worked as a freelance recipe developer for organizations such as Good Housekeeping, Kraft, and McCormick & Company. She joined the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen and is an excellent baker. Laurie’s passion for food began in the kitchen with her grandmothers, one who loved to cook and one who loved to bake, which is undoubtedly how she perfected her pie crust recipe. Laurie enjoys spending time outdoors walking, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She has a special interest in recycling and is on the Sustainability Committee with Hamilton Beach Brands.



Pat Schweitzer (retired, 2021)

Pat Schweitzer was the consumer test kitchen manager at Hamilton Beach for many years and retired at the end of 2021. She received her degree in home economics education from the University of Minnesota and found her way to Virginia. Pat worked as a teacher, seafood marketer, restaurant critic, and food writer before landing at Reynolds Consumer Products as a test kitchen economist and media spokesperson. She then oversaw the Hamilton Beach Consumer Test Kitchen, where she developed recipes, tested products, and wrote product guides. Pat was inspired by her mother, who loved to garden, cook, can, and bake for their family of seven. Now retired, you can probably find her whipping up something in the kitchen for her four grandchildren.




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