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Hobbes76 May 12, 2009 10:45 AM

Does any one use the Jamie Oliver professional stainless steel 11 piece set from T-Fal? It's on sale at the Bay, tempted to buy it. Just wondering if any one here has any experience with them.

Thanks.

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    SQHD RE: Hobbes76 May 12, 2009 11:40 AM

    I'll preface this by saying I admire Jamie Oliver's cooking, BUT be aware that very often what you get when you buy name branded cookware like that is lower quality, higher priced cookware... less overall value is what I'm getting at.

    I also know that when you buy a boxed set of cookware you WILL get pieces that you don't need and won't use. Your best option is to take the money you would have spent on the set and buy 2 or 3 or 4 good pans that you will use often and keep for decades. Based on what I see of the set online you don't need 3 different sized sauce pans. You'll do fine with one. You don't need 2 skillets you'll do fine with one. You don't need a pair of tongs, you probably already have some.

    So be sure and balance everything: what do you really need, what are you getting, how much does it cost, and how does the quality compare to something like All-Clad.

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      josey124 RE: Hobbes76 May 12, 2009 01:05 PM

      How much is the set? They constantly keep it between 50% and 65% off as far I know.

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        albierte RE: Hobbes76 Dec 9, 2009 06:27 AM

        Years ago, I wanted to buy the Jamie Oliver Cookware Set from Service Merchandise. I waited and waited to save enough money. Now, I've been looking around for any Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Set. However, throughout the years, I bought a Calphalon Stainless Steel Wok, 2 pieces of 3 Quart sauce pot, a 2 Quart sauce pot, and a 1 Quart sauce pot.
        Everyday I cook my omelet , and stir fry my food on the wok. Sometimes, I fry wings on the 3 Quart sauce pot using peanut oil.
        I cook my Basmati Rice in a Chinese Clay pot on top of a gas stove.
        I never found the Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Set, but I've cooked some wonderful meals with the Calphalon Stainless Steel pots and pans that I bought from Amazon for $40 each
        3 Quart or a Wok. I never regretted buying the Stainless Steel Calphalon pieces. Calphalons are reasonably priced, easy to maintain, and I won't cry if I dropped any pan or pot because they're stainless steel. I want to buy some more frying pans, but I don't have any more room in my kitchen. I'll just have to wait until the pots and pans self-destruct to have a reason to buy a new piece.
        Bon Appetite!

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          albierte RE: Hobbes76 Dec 9, 2009 06:32 AM

          Years ago, I wanted to buy the Jamie Oliver Cookware Set from Service Merchandise. I waited and waited to save enough money. Now, I've been looking around for any Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Set. However, throughout the years, I bought a Calphalon Stainless Steel Wok, 2 pieces of 3 Quart sauce pot, a 2 Quart sauce pot, and a 1 Quart sauce pot.
          Everyday I cook my omelet , and stir fry my food on the wok. Sometimes, I fry wings on the 3 Quart sauce pot using peanut oil.
          I cook my Basmati Rice in a Chinese Clay pot on top of a gas stove.
          I never found the Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Set, but I've cooked some wonderful meals with the Calphalon Stainless Steel pots and pans that I bought from Amazon for $40 each
          3 Quart or a Wok. I never regretted buying the Stainless Steel Calphalon pieces. Calphalons are reasonably priced, easy to maintain, and I won't cry if I dropped any pan or pot because they're stainless steel. I want to buy some more frying pans, but I don't have any more room in my kitchen. I'll just have to wait until the pots and pans self-destruct to have a reason to buy a new piece.
          Bon Appetite!

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            knet RE: Hobbes76 Dec 9, 2009 05:50 PM

            I have to agree with SQHD. Take the money and get a couple of really good pieces that you will use. The quality will be better. I think it is true that the celebrity name is what you are getting - not great quality. HOWEVER I have to ask, SQHD, who needs just *one* saucepan? I have several and use them all even when just cooking for two.
            Other than that, I agree that it is money much better spent to invest in a couple of good pieces when you can instead of putting it into a set like this. Go for real quality instead.

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              zenc RE: Hobbes76 May 26, 2010 06:09 PM

              I've just received the Bay ad. It doesn't look like this special is a T-fal clad set. This one only says Stainless steel. If so, it just might be worth the $290.

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