Sitram Profiserie Cookware?
Shopping for some newlyweds. Amazon's selling an 11 piece set of Sitram Profiserie cookware for $130, which seems like a very good deal. Almost too good to be true, in fact.
Anyone know anything about this cookware?
I think there have been some posts on the board about Sitram, and also on the Manhattan Board, under the cheapest places to by cookware (in the last week or so). I love Sitram, but do not have the line you refer to ... instead I have the one with the copper core, but Sitram is a good brand, and I have been very happy with mine.
It's not bad at all (I don't have any of it, but after the recent discussion here, I found and used a saute pan of my mother's.). It's not "great," and not as good/heavy/sturdy as their Catering line or even their other, heavier aluminum clad pans, but it's very useable and would be a great "starter" set for people who don't have much in the way of pots and pans already. And you really can't beat that price - I wonder if they're discontinuing the line or something , now that it appears more than one place is having such a huge sale on it? (Not that it matters.)
I would NOT buy these pans as a gift.
Sitram is a fantastic brand, the top professional brand in France. The quality it terrific, heavy duty and NSF-certified. BUT... they aren't very pretty. These are restaurant-grade (though Profisserie is intended for the consumer market, I think) and as such, they are utilitarian but unattractive. Unless the newlyweds you are buying for understand what they are getting (ie. they understand what good cookware is or are in the food biz) they won't thank you for it.
Better to get them one Le Creuset round dutch oven in the pretty color of their choice.