I followed the All Clad thread about the unergonomic handles and was a bit amazed how heated the discussion can be over different views and perception of the importance of handles on cookware.
Then I thought about the chefs I know and the pro kitchens I often visit behind the scenes so to speak, and whether it’s female or male chefs with large or smaller hands, they all just grab the handles with a towel and in the many years I have been in these pro kitchens, via my work and my friendship with several restaurant chefs, I have never heard a real complaint over unergonomic handles, and these guys/gals work with it each and every day for hours.
Whether it’s Mauviel, De Buyer, Matfer, Zwilling or cheap no-name kitchen pro pans, they have never said once, that the handles were annoying.
Then I thought about it.
Really only with sauces and sautéed vegetables do you need to constant lift the pan/pot up, most other dishes you place the pan/pot and just move it gently, not really lifting it up and down, so handles are really only coming into place when you place the pan/pot on the stove/in the oven and when you are ready to serve.
Perhaps this is why pro chefs never really find it annoying enough to spend time complaining about unergonomic handles.....
I also must admit, that once I finally settled on building my own home cookware setup around mainly Mauviel, Demeyere Pawson and De Buyer Mineral B pans, where the handles are not the most ergonomic in the world for my X-large Santa-Claus hands, the handles are not the important factor in my cooking. The quality of the material of the pans and pots and how well they perform in order to help me be the best possible home cook are FAR AND AWAY more important than unergonomic handles to be honest.
I use a kitchen towel, when I grab my pots and pans anyway.
Am I the only one with this opinion ?
Happy new year to everyone from Claus from Copenhagen in Denmark - where the weather is quite mild, snow is not even a possibility on New Year’s Eve.