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All Clad, Made in China!?

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I found an Emeril 10" Pro Clad Tri Ply skillet, on the side it said "made exclusively for All Clad Metalcrafters, Canonsburg, PA Made in China." I took it out of the box, it looked just like All Clad, even had nearly the same handle. For $30 I bought it and I really like it. Just suprised to see them having stuff made in China and rebranded for Emeril.

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  1. This topic has been discussed previously most recently:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729221

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546932

    It's safe to say all celebrity endorsed cookware and utensils are made in China regardless of who the manufacture is.

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    1. re: pabboy

      Wasn't that I'm surpised that celebrity cookware is made in China. Rather, I'm surprised it's made in China for All Clad.

    2. Emerilware lines have always been made in China. The lower cost is why Emerilware can be sold at a significantly lower price. You shouldn't be surprised that these All Clad Metalcrafters cookware are made in China. That is the whole point. All Clad is tapping into the cheaper production cost of Chinese labor. Since All Clad has always advertised the All Clad brand is made in USA, it naturally has to brand another name for its Chinese-made product, thus the Emerilware -- this solves the dilemma. Emerilware is the fastest growing branch of All Clad Metalcrafters.

      "it looked just like All Clad, even had nearly the same handle."
      Ok, I swear the Emerilware line has improved upon the much hated All Clad handles. The Emerilware handles should be much rounder and less sharp.

      Here is an Emerilware, and you should notice the handle is less sharp:
      http://www.cookware.com/Emerilware-by...

      Here the Cuisinart and All Clad handles:

      http://www.only-cookware.com/images/S...

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        You know, when I picked up the Emerilware it did feel pretty comfortable, but without a side by side comparison they both had the same general appearance to them. I definitely agree that Emerilware is less sharp.

        1. re: Rick

          "but without a side by side comparison ..."

          Next time you go to stores like Macy's or HomeGoods, grab a large size All Clad cookware, then you may realize why so many people dislike the handles. Don't get me wrong, some people like the handles, but many more dislike them.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623123

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            That's why All-Clad SS line is getting updated handles like the d5 and Copper Core lines. Better but still not great.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              About All-Clad handles: the first time I picked up a large saute pan in a Macy's or wherever, I immediately thought, "No way I am spending every day with that handle." I didn't even care about the quality of the pot at that point.

              It's interesting to hear that my response is rather common.

          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I think it's a matter of how you hold it. Once I learned to turn my wrist more and curl my fingers into the depression, it felt right. It works better for lighter pieces. I don't pick up my sauté pan with one hand. My 1-qt saucier is easy to pick up that way, but I rarely pick that up as well.

            It is most important to me to have a comfortable handle when cooking so ething I flip — crêpes and eggs. I don't use All-clad for either. I'm not someone who wants a matched set. I want the right pan for each application.

          3. Emerilware's not the only thing made in China. I got a set of measuring spoons and cups from W-S that look like miniature All-Clad pans - made in China. They're still nice, though.

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            1. re: phrekyos

              That -- I don't get. The Emerilware are made in China and are sold at an affordable price (relatively speaking). The All-Clad spoons and cups are not. They are fairly expensive.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                They are exclusive to Williams-Sonoma, that's why! =P

                1. re: phrekyos

                  :P

                  Well, the regular ones (not exclusive) which All Clad sells are even more expensive - $48 for the cups and $24 for the spoon, see:

                  http://www.amazon.com/All-Clad-Stainl...

                  http://www.amazon.com/All-Clad-Stainl...

                  By comparison, the Williams Sonoma exclusive one is $40 for the cups and $18 for the spoons. $50 for the whole set:

                  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Huh, I didn't even know there was another set. The cups look the same as the W-S ones (like mini-saucepans) but the spoons are bowl-shaped instead of being squared off. Interesting.

                    1. re: phrekyos

                      Phrekyos,

                      In fact, for a long time, I thought they are the same set because the cups look the same to me. I only found out the spoons look different later. This is one of the few times which the Williams Sonoma exclusion version is cheaper.

            2. Ultimately, anything with a celeb chef's mug or name on the box is regarded as promo merch outside a brand's established lines. Make it cheap with a good margin and dump it when the chef's star fades. Has anyone seen any celeb cookware that's not Chinese-made?

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              1. re: Kagemusha

                "Has anyone seen any celeb cookware that's not Chinese-made?"

                Sure. TV host Martin Yan had two lines of knives under his name. One was from Dexter-Russell (USA) and one was from Messerimeister (German). Celebrity personal Alton Brown endorsed his Shun Alton Angled knives which are made in Japan. Iron Chef Morimoto endorses the Morimoto Miyabi knives which are made in Japan. If you count Master bladesmith Bob Kramer as a celebrity, which I do, then he has attached his name to several knvies for Henckels and Shun which are made in Japan. Celebrity home cook Paula Deen has the Paula Deen wood pastry boards and wood cutting boards which are made in Thailand. I believe so are her wooden spoons and wooden spatulas, but I have to confirm those for sure ... etc.

                1. re: Kagemusha

                  ""Has anyone seen any celeb cookware that's not Chinese-made?"

                  You bet. In addition to the ones Chemicalkinetics mentioned, a lot of Rachael Ray's crap is made in Thailand. Steven Raichlen had/has a line of grill tools made in the USA.

                  1. re: Sailing77

                    Is Yan's and Alton's merch still on the market? Kramer? C'mon...I'm talking Emeril grade, mass market. Face it, little of this tie-in merch is great quality, however much you care to split hairs on where offshore it's made. Several well-known Canadian celeb chefs(e.g., Michael Smith and Mark McEwan)have Chinese-made cookware lounging on clearance tables in Sears around Toronto. It's the cookware equivalent of Disney/Pixar tie-in stuff.

                    1. re: Kagemusha

                      I have never used celeb cookware but I am happy to take your word for it regarding the quality. Your question was is any of it not made in China and the answer is yes.

                      1. re: Kagemusha

                        "Has anyone seen any celeb cookware that's not Chinese-made?"

                        Like Sailing, I was just merely answering your original question above. The answer is: yes, I have seen celebrity cookware that are not Chinese-made. Not splitting hair at all, just directly answering your question.

                        As for tie-in product quality, that is a different topic. Since we were already talking about Emerilware, then I will say that Emerilware do get good reviews. Racheal Ray's cookware are on the lower-tier side. Very inexpensive, but made with poor quality.

                  2. For blenders, Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are made in the U.S. Here's a site you can search for kitchen appliances and other products that are made in the U.S.

                    http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/applian...