The Paderno World Cuisine Grand Gourmet is a very durable, thick-walled stainless steel skillet that heats evenly and is suitable for home cooks and professionals alike. It does not warp easily and is dishwasher safe.
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Pro Durable and less prone to dents
This frying pan's stainless steel sidewalls are 1.2 mm thick (in comparison to the usual 0.8-1 mm in cheaper brands), so it is not easily dented. The surface is resistant to corrosion and rust while metal utensils can be used without issue.
Pro Heats very evenly and is excellent at retaining heat
This skillet has a very thick 7 mm aluminum disc base clad with steel. As a result, the heat distributes evenly, there are no hot spots, and the ability to retain heat is very high.
Pro Less likely to warp
When cold, this skillet has a concave bottom, which goes flat when expanding with heat. That way it avoids warping, which is quite frequent to stainless steel skillets used on a ceramic glass electric stovetop.
Pro Suitable for various cooking mediums
The Grand Paderno can be used with these heat sources: gas/electric/induction stove-tops, oven, and broiler.
Pro Versatile use
This frying pan is suitable for a variety of uses like searing, sautéing, flambéing, braising, and making sauces.
Pro Handle stays cool
The stainless steel handle of this skillet is hollow, engineered to stay cool even when the skillet itself gets very hot.
Pro No rivets to collect grime
This skillet's handle is welded on, so the inside surface is even and undisrupted by rivet heads. Food residue, grime, and bacteria get in the cracks between the rivet heads and the pan's surface; it can take a lot of work with a fine brush to clean the rivets effectively.
Pro Can handle acidic or alkaline foodstuffs
Because of its non-reactive cooking surface, stainless steel can handle any acidic or alkaline food like tomatoes, citrus, wine or pineapple without the metals corroding or leaching.
Pro Dishwasher safe
This skillet can be put in the dishwasher without any concern. If some food is firmly stuck, it can be removed by boiling a little water in the pan.
Con The outer edges of the cooking surface do not heat up well
The disc base doesn't cover the whole bottom of this skillet. As a result, there is a 0.5'' ring around the bottom of the pan which does not heat as evenly as the rest of the cooking surface.
Con Needs oil when cooking
This skillet does not have a non-stick coating. It needs to be heated up, then coated with oil or some other fat, otherwise the food will get burned and stuck to the pan.
Con Has no complementing glass lid
Paderno does not make glass lids for the skillets, only stainless steel (available for purchase separately), so a third party lid might be needed. Stainless steel lids can go in the oven and can handle high heat; however, a see-through glass lid makes it a lot easier to check on food without losing the steam or the heat.