Cuisinart is a brand for small kitchen appliances, especially the food processor of the same name, one of the first to become popular in the United States.It was founded by Carl Sontheimer in 1971, and became a leading brand in the United States and Canada.The Cuisinart food processor was endorsed by Julia Child and James Beard as a means of quickly preparing food. It now sells products in the UK but only through specialist kitchen retailers.
The trademark is a subsidiary of and owned by Conair Corporation which acquired the brand following Cuisinart's bankruptcy in 1989.
The word "cuisinart" is also sometimes used in the US as a general term for any food processor in the US.
Steve Jobs stated that he based the physical design of the Apple II, a personal computer first released in 1977, in large part on the Cuisinart food processor.