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A La Carte Kitchen

While the boys were busy scraping their knees and dreaming of becoming the fifth member of the A-Team, just where were the little girls of the 80s? In the kitchen, that's where (where they belong, some might argue!). But this wasn't any kitchen. No, this one was roughly the size of a tea trolley, it was made entirely of plastic, sometimes it could be found in the garage and sometimes cluttering up the hallway, and its cupboards were always stocked with pots of Play-Doh rathert than yogurt. It was, of course, the A La Carte Kitchen.

It was the stuff of dreams, it really was. After years of having your knuckles rapped for getting too near Mum's bubbling pans or delving into the fridge-freezer before tea time, little girls with generous parents rejoiced in getting their own chef's residence.

A La Carte Kitchen was a miniture kitchen consisting of a sink on one side and a cooker on the other. It had a fold-down table and two wheels to allow it to be wheeled around. Parents must have been horrified by the prospect of an A La Carte Kitchen on the Christmas wish list, especially with the mess the girl made on the advert as she presented her father with a dish of Swiss Roll with baked beans: 'Wake up Daddy, breakfast's ready."'

The A La Carte Kitchen, released by Bluebird Toys in 1982 (the makers behind the Big Yellow Teapot) was one of those classic "toys you always wanted but never got", although you could guarantee your best friend had one. Twenty or so years on, the girls who were aching to get one of these little plastic beauties in her Wendy House probably wonder why they were so infatuated with playing the little 'housewife'. However, it's important to remember that this was a time when no one really worried about stereotyping. No doubt, toys on the same wish list also included things like a toy ironing board, vacuum cleaner or Tiny Tears!


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A La Carte Kitchen Last post by remember
02 March 2009
A La Carte Kitchen Last post by remember
21 May 2008

Do You Remember A La Carte Kitchen?

Do You Remember A La Carte Kitchen?

  • Anonymous user
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    I had one of these and I loved I would love to know if there are any still for sale and where I could get one as I would love it for when my nieces and nephew come over and when I have children
  • Anonymous user
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    I had one when I was a little girl & loved it! I had family videos of me playing with it & making all the family something to eat lol. Mine broke so we had to get rid of it. I spent years searching for one. But I finally found one! It was in the original box & unopened! All the utencils & play food were still in their plastic packaging! How lucky is that! It was in an old toyshop that had'nt run for over 10 yrs! My advice - Get on ebay! Thats were we bought ours :) Id love to know how much they sold for in the 80's. Good luck with your searches!! x
  • Anonymous user
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    Ohh i loved my kitchen!!!!
  • Anonymous user
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    I had an a la carte kitchen it was awesome!!! my best present ever received.....I always wanted a house with a kitchen just like that one especially with a kitchen window that looked out onto the the stripey lawn!!! I always thought swiss roll and beans made an excellent nutritonal meal for daddy's breakfast. I so wish I could buy my daughter a legendary a la carte kitchen!!!
  • Anonymous user
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    i had one of these, loved it, but then again my mother was a little bit mental and let me play with real food in it!!!
  • Anonymous user
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    Haha I had this very one pictured, lol one Christmas me and my brother got to pick what we wanted, he picked a go-cart and I picked this, I have no clue to this day why?? I only wanted to play on my brothers go cart when Christmas came round. I did enjoy cooking on it though!
  • Anonymous user
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    i got one for my fifth christmas and i loved it and always will. the only problem is my little baby sister ate the cardboard boxes of daz and cornflakes which i have never forgiven her for x i would just love to get one for my next christmas if only the still made them. bring back a la carte kitchen!
  • Anonymous user
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    well i can say i did get the kicthen after years of nagging, thou i ve still got it in my loft
  • Anonymous user
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    I just remember the complete distress in realising the kitchen that had the big bow on it on xmas day wasn't mine, it was in fact my younger brothers - i swear he asked out of spite as i was deemed too old..!!
  • lokirat
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    ohhh al la carte kitchen!!! i loved those little cardboard food packets :) this was a wonderful toy.