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Pampered Chef Cookware

My coworker wants to purchase a pot and pan cookware set from Pampered Chef and I am trying to convince him not too saying it's too expensive and he could do better elsewhere. Do any of you have any experience with this cookware? I think he is looking at a nonstick set that goes for around $400. Thanks.

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  1. There are a ton of PC links when I did a search. Here's just one:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3001...

    Doesn't sound like anything I would want PLUS I hate the name PLUS I don't think anyone really needs sets of cookware. Most people I know and read here on CH get individual pieces that suit their particular cooking style. Hopefully you'll get plenty of replies to this question.

    1. A coworker of mine has their cookware and loves it. I have their pizza stone and stoneware baking dishes and they're awesome. I also have assorted gadgets from PC. Personally, the set sounds really expensive for what it is.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        all my stoneware PC baking dishes shattered pretty soon after i got them.

        1. re: ScubaSteve

          You mean you dropped them on the floor? :P

            1. re: ScubaSteve

              ScubaSteve,

              Just teasing you about dropping them. It is actually not good that bakeware shattered in the oven when they are brand new. Did you contact Pampered Chef about this? Because I am sure even the cheapest Walmart stuffs won't do that.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                oh yah, i called and they sent a replacement which lasted just slightly longer than the original.

                1. re: ScubaSteve

                  Sorry to hear that. I hope you didn't spend too much.

          1. re: ScubaSteve

            I've had my pizza stone and stone casserole dish (the coated kind) for about a year now. Neither has shattered. I dont really scrub either, just use the plastic scraper and wipe with a damp paper towel.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              i think the problem was that often exceed the high temp range of PC stoneware.

                  1. re: ScubaSteve

                    ohhh.. my oven doesn't even go that high!

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      neither did mine. i disable the door lock on the self clean cycle.

                      1. re: ScubaSteve

                        If I may ask.. what are you baking at 675??

                        1. re: grnidkjun

                          pizza mostly and other things i want roasted in high heat for speed or maillard reaction.

                          1. re: ScubaSteve

                            Scuba,

                            I did hear about high heat baking for pizza stone, but you cannot blame Pampered Chef if the product is not rated at that temperature.

                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              the Rep i talked to to replace the first product that failed said that the stoneware was fired at a much higher temperature and would be impervious at the temps i was using.

        2. Just found out because a relative is hosting the PC party he is getting the 5 & 7 piece executive set for $325. I guess that's not a bad deal.

          1. Full disclosure: my wife has hosted several parties for Pampered Chef. Usually she hosts these sorts of deals (baskets, perfume, jewelry) because the host usually gets some sort of bonus product. She is currently in-between MLM "opportunities". I think it's generally a lot of crap, but I put up to ensure domestic tranquility.

            Pampered Chef does have some nice products. I would stick with the stoneware myself. The gadgets are fun, but if generally same quality as Oxo (and ususally more $$). The quality of the cookware is all over -- we have a two-burner griddle that is very nice -- we also have a large saute pan that has warped pretty badly.

            I would NOT recommend buying a set -- try a piece or two first. You can get one hell of a nice set for $325-400. The Pampered Chef stuff is nice but pretty sure it isn't $325-400 nice. Besides, Teflon anything should be regarded as DISPOSABLE.

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            1. re: MikeB3542

              Mike,

              That is some funny stuffs. I hope your wife has not read this post, or I fear for your life. I have read about their knives because someone pointed me to them when I was looking for a boning knife. I am not super impressed, but they are not actually too pricey compared to Henckels or Wusthof.

              By the way, I still don't know what the heck is Pampered Chef. Is it an online cookware store? Is it a high end cutlery store like Williams Sonoma? Is it a cooking service (i.e.: sending in a chef to cook for you)? Well, I guess I don't really care.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                It's an overpriced line of cookware and gadgets and stuff, sold by multi-level marketing "consultants' at in home "parties". Some of their stuff is nice, some not, none of it worth what they charge for it.

                1. re: dscheidt

                  Ah, thanks. So Pampered Chef sell its products based on person-to-person interaction in a warm and fuzzy environment, right? This tactic works better for women than men. Although its name "Pampered Chef" implies as much. Thank.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Exactly! Get everyone right at dinnertime, and serve a bunch of appetizers prepared with their "exclusive" gadgets, mostly "damn the calories" food, washed down with white wine and diet soda. By the time the sales pitch starts, you have a pretty compliant crowd.

                    1. re: MikeB3542

                      Mike,

                      Everything makes sense until the diet soda part. I think I would have walked out of this party if it serves diet soda. :)

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        My sister in law gave me a pampered chef pie plate. At first, being the clay cookware snob that I am, I told my husband I didn't want it. But wound up trying it and it is now my favorite pie plate. It looks like an Emile Henry, but the interior surface is unglazed, and has developed a nice seasoning/surface, and bakes the best crisp bottomed fruit pies!
                        As for their other stuff, I would NOT get the cookware set. Non stick coatings suck, and the only item you MIGHT want non stick is a skillet for eggs, even then, I prefer well seasoned cast iron. It doesn't make sense to get a set of anything. Some items should be stainless, ie the big stock pot, and others are better CI or enamelled CI. For $400- you can get 2 or 3 perfect items that can be used for a lifetime.

                        1. re: ciaolette

                          Ciao,

                          Thanks. It sounds like the pie plate is good and it sounds like a clay with porus interior. It is interesting that you told your husband that you don't want the plate when it is your sister-in-law who gave it to you. I like you also like seasoned cast iron or seasoned carbon steel cookware. Thanks for your information

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            LOL! Well , she is very sweet, and I would never tell her that something she gave me "wasn't good enough" for me to use! But my first reaction was , PAMPERED CHEF! tupperware party, not high quality. I was wrong.
                            Oh, and by the way, it is made in USA.