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The World’s Most Luxurious Cookware

February 21, 2017

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Can a set of pots and pans be sexy?

Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, it's important to outfit yours with the most luxurious cookware available on the market today. But where do you start? I Googled the term "Luxurious Cookware" and this is what I found:
1) Hestan's NanoBond
According to a story in the Robb Report, the world's preeminent chefs, engineers, scientists, and designers have come together to create Hestan's new cookware collection called NonoBond. California-based Hestan, well known for its high-end commercial kitchen equipment and residential outdoor grills, developed "the first true innovation in stainless steel cookware" in more than a century. Working in its Napa Valley Laboratory, the company developed a patented technology that coats each aluminum skillet, wok, pot, and pan in thousands of super-dense layers of titanium alloys bonded to stainless steel. The resulting cookware is light, durable, and incredibly resistant to stains and scratches. Hestan's NanoBond collection is available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma. Individual cookware is priced from $150­ to $520; a 10-piece set is priced at $1,500.
2) Tramontina
Tramontina USA is a leading manufacturer of high quality cookware and housewares products supplied to national and international retailers. Founded in 1986 in Texas, the company is one of the largest corporate affiliates of the Tramontina Group in Brazil. After researching more than 50 cookware sets and rigorously testing 12, the folks at Sur La Table concluded that the Tramontina 12-Piece Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set was the best. It's one of the only sets they found to include the larger pot and pan sizes pros recommend. The pieces in the Tramontina set provide excellent heat conduction, and they're comfortable to hold and very durable. Check out the company's limited edition collections of exceptional kitchenware items featuring exquisite design, superb quality and precise engineering. All items are manufactured of premium materials and constructed with impeccable craftsmanship, resulting in outstanding products. And they come with a lifetime warranty.
3) All-Clad
Ignite your passion with All-Clad cookware. From the company's handcrafted and made in the USA bonded cookware, to the newly expanded hard anodized cookware, you're sure to find a collection that suits your everyday needs. An excellent choice for a housewarming premium gift or to update to your gourmet kitchen. With durable 18/10 stainless steel nonreactive cooking surfaces and hand-polished, mirror-finish exteriors, this All-Clad set handles the most challenging kitchen tasks with ease. A special three-ply bonded design features a thick aluminum core sandwiched between stainless steel for even, efficient heat distribution and consistently excellent results.
Isn't it time to outfit your kitchen with the most luxurious cookware on the market today? Or maybe it should be "outfitting your luxurious cookware with a great kitchen!" Either way, if you're thinking about bringing your new set of cookware to your new home in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara's upscale communities, or are considering selling your home here, I'm here to help. Please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Maybe you'll receive a set of Hestan's NanoBond as a move-in gift!

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