Monday, August 13, 2007

Everyday Cookware

Biro Cookware

Having used saucepans and saute pans from Bourgeat, Calphalon, Reverware and more, there's no brand to date that has completely won my loyalty. Recently I received a saute pan and saucepan from Biro Cookware and so far I'm very pleased with them. They are made of two layers of stainless steel and an aluminum core.

The first thing that impressed me about the cookware was that it has great weight to it, so pans and lids stay put. I seem to have a problem with pots boiling over and lids flying off and that clearly won't happen with a lid that weighs just under one pound. Also the heat conduction is impressive. I think the combination of aluminum and stainless steel is a good one as far as strength and heat and I like the brushed stainless steel look. I particularly like the fact that you can really crank up the heat and yet so far the pans have been pretty easy to clean. But I'm a strong believer that it's not until your first cooking disaster that cookware shows its true colors, so I am going to reserve final judgement for now.

I asked Marcel Biro, Master Chef de Cuisine, restaurateur and cooking instructor what makes his line of "celebrity cookware" different, and here's what he told me:

"I worked closely with the Regal Ware Worldwide engineers, and with the voice of the customers--my students. I am most proud of the quality of this cookware. Quality cookware and ingredients yield quality food. This is the cornerstone of everything I do.

What I most like about the cookware are the long handles and the great wide helper handles that stay nice and cool to the touch. The weight of the pan guarantees stable cooking, and the aluminum core throughout is not just on the bottom like so many pans on the market today. This ensures even cooking throughout the pan, not just on the bottom. Also my cookware can be used on electric, gas and induction, making it very versatile.

We throw it in the oven at the restaurants and culinary schools all the time, and we're talking about equipment with 50,000 - 100,000 BTU's which is double or triple that of a home oven. Consumers never have to worry about replacing these pots and pans."

Biro Cookware was only introduced earlier this year, so if you have any experience with it, please feel free to share your feedback in the comments section. If some other cookware meets your performance and practical requirements feel free to share your recommendations as well.