This reminds me of a problem I've got with two expensive Calphalon pans: an overly long, heavy handle makes these wide-diameter items--a griddle and a grill pan --not lie flat on the electric burner of my stove. I avoid celebrity chef cookware, and before it existed have opted for the stuff chefs supposedly use themselves, like Calphalon. But with the rise of the celebrity chefs, I've noticed a decline in the quality of good cookware. While the griddle and grill pan have superb cooking surfaces and are well made, it's the dumb design decision that makes them hard to use. I'm very sad to see that monkeys have invaded cookware design, as well as practically everything else.
Yes, Ann, the proliferation of monkeys is discouraging. They're showing their cute little faces in seemingly all industries. Yet cookware design seems so basic --not that many places to go wrong. How could they miss something this simple.
I've had the same problem with a pan, but it wasn't T-fal, it was just something generic and cheap I bought. But the same thing happened on a four-hob stove because the handle was a bit too big; it was very unstable and sometimes fell over at the most inopportune time! You would think something with Jamie Oliver's name on it would be a bit better well designed!
I have a similar problem with our pans at home. The just balance on one edge and want to spin around at the slightest touch.
If you do not want to modify the handle, create a stainless steel counterweight that will hang on the oposite edge of the pan. Don't know why I didn't think of that until now. Thanks for the postings to stimulate the idea.
What's happening here is that the manufacturer is using the celebrity's name to sell the product, but not to the celebrity. Jus like the Beats audio headphones from Dr Dre, his name may be on the product, but you will find him wearing Bose headphones in the studio.
We have the SAME problem w/ an 8" frying pan w/ "non-stick" surface treatment. It's an aluminum pan, and sits obliquely on the Calrod (electric stove), UNLESS it's filled w/ foodstuff. (Purchased at WAL*MART)
Alternatively, there's NOTHING like the good, old-fashioned cast iron open cookware. Have several sizes from small frying pan to the comics-book sizes. Some are older than the hills, but still in good shape. Unfortunately, their non-stick surface has always been a goodly amount of CRISCO.... not necessarily beneficial for the human plumbing system!!!!!
Tefal ? (thats short for teflon-aluminium). Haven't you all switched over to ceramic surface cookware? If not, give it a try - you'll be pleasantly surprised. Tefal is leaning on celebrity endorsements because teflon is rapidly losing its' market share.
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