never pass up a chance to go to a factory, whether it be to see how
mixers are made, or French
enameled cookware. I’d never seen copper cookware being
made, though, and jumped at the opportunity to hop on an early
morning train to Villedieu-les poêles to visit the Mauviel
copper cookware factory. (The only thing I didn’t jump at was the
bleary 7:30am departure time, from the Gare du Montparnasse.)
hours later, after a restorative café express, once inside the factory,
everywhere I looked, there was copper cookware in different stages of
production, stacked around the rooms. “Factory” conjures up images of
giant buildings with thousands of people toiling away. But the
human-sized building where Mauviel cookware is made is surprisingly
small-scale; fifty four workers working various shifts, bend, press,
fire-up, hammer, rivet, and polish their gleaming copper pots and pans,
before sending them out into the world.
lived in France, I remember going into E.
Dehillerin in Paris…maybe thirty or so years back? I don’t
recall the year, but I do remember I flew PEOPLExpress
and the flights were $99 each way. With the money I saved on the
flight, using my kitchen line-cook wages, I splurged on a few
pieces of Mauviel copper cookware.