London, August 25 : Cookware maker Eddington's has invented a pair of "onion goggles" that can offer "tear-free chopping" for chefs finding the onion chopping experience a little eye watering.
The swimming goggle-style glasses fit closely over the eyes to keep out the irritant onion vapours.
Available both plain white or a stylish pale pink, the goggles comprise of a foam seal that protects eyes from the "irritating onion vapours", and an anti-fog coating on its lenses that provides "maximum clarity and eye protection".
The 13.50 pounds goggles come in their own easy to carry see-through storage case.
The product has been tested and given a thumbs up by consumer magazine Which in its latest issue, which says that the goggles leave chefs "free to dice onions finely without tears".
The goggles, however, do not seem to be useful for short-sighted cooks because they "don't work over the top of spectacles".
This invention has been welcomed by former BBC Masterchef winner Gerry Goldwyre, who now runs a private dining restaurant from his water tower home in Eskbank.
"My eyes suffer terribly - every time I chop onions, I look like a Scot coming out of Murrayfield after a beating by England. I've tried all of the old wives tales to no effect. If they have finally nailed the problem with this invention, I would be very impressed," the Scotsman quoted him as saying.
"I would love to see my customers' faces, though, if they were greeted at the door by a madman in a huge pair of goggles," he added.
Kevin Sutherland, sous chef at the Michelin-starred Number One Restaurant in Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel, said: "Strong onions do make your eyes run, even when you're used to them, but I think I'd get a few laughs if I turned up to work wearing goggles. I'm not sure they're something that will take off in professional kitchens."
Sutherland, a former winner of the Scottish Food Scholarship, added: "If you switch on American TV, you see all these gadgets most of them would be no use at all. There are certain things which are actually a great help, such as a machine we have to take the zest of citrus fruit - and it saves us a lot of time - but most of the things on the market are useless."
Vicki Falls, at Pots and Pans cookware shop in St Andrews, feels that Eddington's should not have any problems marketing their product to gadget-keen cooks.
She said: "We do sell a metal bar which helps people get the smell of onions off their hands and that is very popular, so I think the goggles would be too."