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In case the thousand dollar martini isn’t luxe enough for you, The Grinder brings us news of a £100,000 ($205,110) saucepan currently being sold at England’s department store of repute, Harrods. While you might expect such an exorbitantly-priced piece of cookware to perform above and beyond any saucepan you’ve ever used (we, for one, would like something that expensive to write our blog posts as it works on a balsamic reduction), it turns out that the pan is not actually meant for cooking. You see, when the Guardian invited famed British chef Fergus Henderson to test it out, the saucepan came accompanied by two Harrods representatives. Hilarity ensued.

So shall we get it out of the box? Shall we get cooking?Well, says Herr Hub, we need to be careful. It’s probably best not to use a gas flame. And we mustn’t be too rough with it. He lifts it out with reverence, and sure enough it doesn’t look like something you might obviously just pop into a hot oven, with its solid gold handles and clusters of diamonds on the lid and the panels adorned with the manufacturer’s name - Fissler - makers of world-class cookware, Herr Hub says, for 160 years.’You can cook with it, though?’ I ask, wondering how it would look after a few rounds with a Brillo Pad…Well you could, says Herr Hub. After all, the body is crafted of the finest stainless steel (’hygienical and long lasting!’) and the best aluminium base. ‘But,’ he says, ‘if you bought a pot for £100,000, would you like somebody scratching around inside your pan?’I have to admit, I wouldn’t.Fergus looks disappointed. ‘I suppose I thought the gold and diamonds might be of some beneficial, er… cooking purpose.’For a long moment Herr Hub is genuinely lost for words. ‘But what advantage could there be?’ Which I suppose is what we were wondering to start with.No, no, he goes on, ‘the main purpose is pure luxury. It’s more to be used for serving your guests. The people who buy things like this will probably not spend too much time in the kitchen.”But you could still put it in the oven…’ Fergus is saying.’Well, you could…’ Herr Hub says, meaning that you probably wouldn’t.

It is probably worth noting that the saucepan in question looks like a refugee from Liberace’s kitchen. Furthermore, for the price of the one non-functional saucepan, you could buy 113 gorgeous, functional, and very expensive copper cookware sets from Williams-Sonoma. We’re going to have to go ahead and say that this saucepan might not be worth it.

A Golden Opportunity [The Grinder]
Harrods [Official Site]
Bling to the Boil [Guardian]
£100,000 Saucepan Brings Bling to Your Cooker [Daily Mail]
Mauviel Copper 12-Piece Cookware Set [Williams-Sonoma]

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