Commerce isnt the first restaurant you would expect to spend almost $100,000 on a world-class custom oven, but chef Harold Moore says its good for the chefs ego. Hes only half-joking: We need serious cooks here, and they dont get much money, so we need some serious equipment. It gives us an edge in getting them and keeping them.
Commerces Athanor oven and range is a dream for cooks: Its huge flattop service allows for all the pots and pans you want to be heated at once, and its fire-brick lined oven is so well insulated that it even has a 50-pound door that opens and closes via counterweights. There are two inset gas burners, a pasta cooker, and a plancha for searing but the main thing Moore likes about it is its famous durability. We dont like recurring costs here, he says. Id rather pay extra to get the right thing the first time around. As you can see, Im spoiled.