Whatever the task, there's bound to be a pot or a pan of the right size, shape and construction to perform it.
Among the various different metals used in the construction of professional cookware - aluminium, black iron, copper, stainless steel - most chefs will have a preference.
Aluminium is recognised as a superb conductor of heat and has long been considered the workhorse of the kitchen. Being cheap, it is suitable for large pans such as stockpots, but it cannot be used with induction.
Black iron pans will stick, are difficult to clean and can rust. Copper pans, once the material of choice in the classical professional kitchen, are traditionally lined with tin, but stainless steel is now often used for the lining.
Being good-looking and hard-wearing, stainless-steel pans have grown in popularity and usually incorporate a layer of aluminium in the base for good conductivity.
Meyer, a manufacturer of cookware since 1971, has developed HT, an aluminium alloy 30% harder than the 1050 alloy - the current industry standard in natural aluminium - so the pans maintain their shape, resist dents and are less likely to warp.
Most professional kitchens will have a small selection of non-stick cookware for tasks such as frying delicate fish, but many non-stick coatings can't cope with the rigours of a busy professional kitchen.
Meyer has developed a non-stick coating which it claims is far superior in toughness to anything previously available. Visitors to Hospitality 2007 witnessed an abrasion test machine rubbing the surface of a Meyer frying pan with a 10kg weight up to 25,000 times a day designed to demonstrate its durability.
This is the chance to have your kitchen kitted out with £1,000-worth of cookware from Meyer Commercialware. The winner will choose from the full range of Meyer Commercialware, which includes aluminium, stainless-steel and non-stick pans, so that the prize exactly meets the needs of their kitchen.
There is also the choice of Meyer professional knives and serving dishes.
How to enter
One lucky reader who can answer the question below correctly will win this amazing prize. All entries must be submitted on a postcard by 15 August. Entrants should include their name, job title, company name and address and contact telephone number. Send entries to Meyer/Buy It! Competition, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS.
The question What is the name of Meyer's aluminium alloy?
AND LAST MONTH'S WINNER IS…
The winner of the Hobart mixer competition in the 28 June issue of Buy It! is D. Alleyne, chef trainer at Weaver's Restaurant, Trust.Terms and conditions
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