Cuisinart was founded in 1971 by Carl Sontheimer, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate inspired by his love of French food. This passion led to the creation of Cuisinart and its flagship product, the food processor. Cuisinart introduced its brand in January 1973 at a trade show in Chicago.

Throughout the mid-1970s, Cuisinart's popularity soared with association with celebrity chefs like James Beard and Julia Child. They were among the first culinary experts to hail the food processor as a revolutionary kitchen appliance, seeing it as a quick and easy way to make fine food and healthy dishes.

The Cuisinart food processor became an important product in universal design when the company hired Marc Harrison to make its products accessible to everyone, including those with limited mobility or vision.

Over the years, Cuisinart has evolved into a full-service culinary resource, offering a wide array of products preferred by chefs and favoured by consumers.

Cuisinart's commitment to producing innovative, functional, and top-quality products has won the company numerous coveted awards and accolades throughout the years, including but not limited to the Good Design Awards, the Gold Hermes Award, and the Gold Summit International Award.