Visiting the Le Creuset factory
If you’re interested in cooking, there’s a good chance will have heard of Le Creuset. The legendary French brand is famous for it’s colourful cast-iron cookware that endures generations of use. I am fortunate enough to own one of their Dutch Oven’s myself. It’s been in the family since the late sixties and still gets used on a weekly basis.
Chef David Lebovitz (author of My Paris Kitchen) got to visit the factory where they are made and documented the production process on his blog:
Each piece takes ten hours to make and fifteen people are involved in the making of each Dutch oven.
The enameling process, which takes three hours, is especially top-secret, so I can’t show you quite how they do it, but the pots, pans and lids are individually set on a multi-pronged holder and sprayed with whatever color they are enameling that run with, that day.
The pots and pans that are graduated in color, that go from dark to light, have an extra-fine spray of darker colored enamel added at the end, with the spray brush moving away slowing from near the center of the pot or lid, to give it that signature burning flame-like finish.
It’s a great story of true craftsmanship.