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3.0 out of 5 stars
Not Made in Canada... if this is a concern for you, look elsewhere!, Feb. 24 2012
We purchased this Paderno set when it was on super sale. We paid a very good price for the 10 piece set. I do not recall the exact amount but I do recall seeing an invoice for no more than about $160. We purchased this set as a gift for my mother and we were to keep the 25cm frying pan that came with it.
As a sidenote this was our first purchase from Amazon.ca that wasn't a book! So we were very happy when it came so quick! Amazon ships fast... gotta give them that!
Onto the initial unboxing. We immediately noticed the "Made in China" sticker (it was either on the bottom of the box or in the owner's manual - I don't recall which now). We were pretty disappointed to see this. We made our purchase SOLELY on the fact that Paderno is a Canadian company and nowhere on their website did we see "Made in China" anywhere. So we feel a little duped. Failure to mention this, conscious omission, whatever you want to call it is NOT an acceptable practice. I now realize that this is becoming the trend... companies will not say either way and leave it up to the consumer to do the research. Perhaps I should have called Paderno, but when a company is so proudly Canadian and gives the impression that all their products are made in Canada, you just assume that to be the case. The only place where I can get a set of cookware that is not made in China seems to be at my local Costco. I do recall seeing a set made in Germany but the pricetag was a bit steep at the time, so it was passed over. So my obvious advice to those looking for pots and pans not made in China... LOOK ELSEWHERE.
As for the actual cookware itself - it definitely feels and looks durable. The frying pan is heavy gauge and I expect it will last many years. A word of advice: Prep it well! We thought we prepped the pan well enough before use but we still had sticking issues when we cooked a chicken breast one night... so now I need to find some special non-abrasive stainless steel cleaning product to remove the nearly glued-on "remnants". And no we didn't burn the chicken... this just seems to be part of the whole "cooking with stainless steel" thing that I must admit we're not very used to (we've been cooking with Teflon all our lives and decided to switch to a healthier alternative). I've got to be honest, the frying pan from this set is sitting unused in the drawer now.
We recently purchased a two set frying pan pack from Lagsotina that claimed to be PTFE free. We did some background research on this and it appears to indeed be free from polytetrafluroethylene but is Made in China. So far I am happier with the Lagostina pan than the Padernno one. So I do recommend you check out Lagostina's offerings as well and compare.