I noted that this pan was worth the price, but we bought it on sale. I’m not sure if I’d shell out $200 for one pan. I’d never have tried the product without Michael Symon’s endorsement. He is such a creative chef. The little mini-movies on TV and the Internet with Michael cooking were amazing, especially the one where he fried cheese!
I’ve used the pan every day since it arrived, and I’ve never been so happy with a pan in all of my life. I’ve used every sort of frying pan, even Calphalon (other than the Unison line). Nothing compares; nothing. The Calphalon frying pans I’d used needed to be replaced often because of damage to the non-stick coating. I’m always carful to use wooden or silicon tools, so that’s not the issue. Although Michael Symon says it will go in the dishwasher, I’ve washed it by hand so far because it is precious.
My husband has been delighted with the outcome! It was really a little bizarre, because he asked me what I wanted for Valentine’s Day, and I said this pan! He’s offered to buy more, too! The beautiful sear that you can get on everything is amazing. I had never been able to sear mushrooms like that! I do as
Michael Symon recommended and put olive oil on a paper towel and rub it all over the inside of the pan before each use. No need for additional oil. I have put butter in the pan to fry a few things, as butter imparts a different taste; we’ve been delighted with the results.
The funniest thing is that I told my husband not to use anything metal on my pan. He was diving for a second piece of chicken fried steak with his fork when I exclaimed, “DO NOT TOUCH METAL TO MY PAN!” He froze. I told him that I’d told him before not to do that, and he said, “You can believe me when I tell you that I will never forget!”
I do like Calphalon products in general. I gave my mother a complete set a few years ago for Mother’s Day. She loves them.
In conclusion, Michael Symon is the ticket in, but Unison delivered!