Chef pan with spoon - 4qt
The chef pan is the ultimate risotto-making cookware. But thanks to its versatile size and shape, this kitchen workhorse is also optimal for sauteing vegetables, browning then simmering stews, and thickening sauces and soups.
Crafted in solid copper for superior heat conductivity, hand-hammered and tin-lined by hand over fire so naturally low-stick. The riveted handles, cast of solid bronze, are adorned by acorns and leaves: beautiful finishes ensure seamless stovetop-to-tabletop dining and entertaining. Includes a special risotto stirring spoon crafted in cherrywood: the traditional circular opening helps to avoid overstirring thus facilitating the perfect creamy consistency.
Made in Italy.
Recommended for use on gas stovetops, open flames (wood, charcoal, barbecue) and in the oven - electric cooktops also possible.
Never heat the pot empty and do not exceed 220 C (430 F). Use wood or plastic tools to avoid scratching the tin lining. Hand-wash with a soft sponge and mild detergent, and dry immediately with a soft cloth.
With use, copper develops a rich patina over time that many love and cherish. To restored a polished shine, use a good copper polish (like Ruffoni Cleaner) or salt with lemon juice/vinegar.
Tin will naturally discolor over time, but remain equally effective. Depending on use, the tin lining may eventually wear off and require retinning. Prolong the tin lining's life by not scratching it with metal tools, never overheating the cookware, and limiting the use of acidic ingredients.
Capacity: 4 lt
Cookware material: solid copper, hand-hammered
Lining material: high purity tin, applied by hand over fire
Handles material: solid bronze
Lid: not included
Oven safe: yes, to 220 C (430 F)
Stovetop: gas recommended - no induction
Wash by hand
Made in Italy
Christmas present. used almost everyday since then. not just for risotto, but for everything. easy to clean. be gentle with the tin. the handle gets hot, be careful.
Saw it on my sister's stove and had to have it!! I worry about the tin lining, so i tend to select my mauviel more often. but this pan is way prettier than mauviel.
I love this pan. It makes perfect risotto and pasta dishes and just makes cooking that much more pleasurable. I too thought I did not get the spoon but found it in the cardboard inserts when I was pulling the box apart in the recycle area. I think the spoon can easily be missed the way they pack it. They should at least put a note that the spoon is under the cardboard packing. I seasoned my spoon before using it and it has held up just fine. If you don't season it, it is pretty raw wood. Williams Sonoma doesn't sell the lid but I managed to buy one and the pot is truly spectacular with the acorn lid.
I bought this pan for my boyfriend for Christmas a couple of years ago since risotto is his favorite thing in life. I'm the one who mostly uses it, and it is a joy to cook in. So beautiful, conducts heat so well ... I leave it on my stove, and find myself using it for more than just risotto, it's quite a versatile pan. I often make scampi in it, and there's plenty of room to add the cooked pasta to combine when the time comes. Didn't get a spoon with mine, must be a new add. Somehow, cooking in copper elevates the every day into a joyful experience.
Stars: I gave this 4 stars because the promised wooden spoon was not incuded! It did not arrive with the pan. That said, the pan is amazing for cooking risotto. It quite lives up to its name. The improvement between preparing risotto in this pan and every other pan I've ever used was shocking to me - it was that dramatic a difference. Like drinking wine from the proper shaped glass - a very significant improvement. The pan was the only thing I changed so I know it is the key element. Very impressive. Haven't tried making other things in it yet, but I already love it. It is also beautiful to look at. There are a couple of negatives: the handle is actually quite thin and thus hard to grasp - I needed an oven mitt to hold it, and as someone else noted, it definitely could use a small handle on the front to help with lifting. Those pale in comparison to the overall perfection of the pan for its chief task: making risotto.