Need to invest in a new grill pan, to be used on a standard gas stove. Cast iron? non-stick? "celebrity chef brand? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
well you would probably get better answers posting in "Cookware"...rather than the local florida board..unless you want to know where to buy one in florida..
but i have a lodge cast iron grill pan..
I want to add to this that the Lodge is easier to clean than the aluminum which I believe was anodized. I was leary of cleaning it too harshly, and in the end it got too coated with gunk to be a good pan. I can brush the Lodge, dry or with water, to clean it. It asks so little to give so much. And if I wanted, I could use it on high heat.
I just want to be sure. When you said "grill pan", do you mean something with grill marks like this:
In term of recommendation, it really depends what you want to do with it and how you want to invest your time and energy.
If you want to use it to grill meats at high temperatures and able to keep the meats from sticking to the pan, then I would recommend a cast iron grill pan.
If you are NOT going to use it for very high temperature, but rather to use it to grill sandwiches and cheese...etc, and you do not care to invest time and energy to maintain a seasoning surface, then I would recommend a nonstick grill pan with an aluminum body. It can handle moderate cooking temperature, foods remain nonstick and it is easy to clean.
Now, if you want to use at a very high temperature, but do not care for the seasoning process and do not concern of food sticking to the pan, then you can try a stainless steel triply grill pan:
So, at the end, you will have to figure out what you want from the pan.
I wouldn't get a "celebrity chef" product. I have the de Buyer 10-inch "Mineral" grill pan:
I like it and use it often. It's heavy, but probably lighter than cast iron. This size round pan is good for only one hamburger at a time, which suits me. There is a 12-inch model also.