Arguably one of the most instantly recognisable kitchen products in the world, Le Creuset have been making cast iron cookware in Fresnoy le Grand in north eastern France since 1925. The name ‘Le Creuset’ actually means ‘the crucible’, referring to the large stone vessel in which the iron is melted and from which the molten metal is poured into sand moulds to make each pot.
Despite early attempts at making range cookers and stoves Le Creuset’s main focus has always been the production of top quality cast iron cookware. Le Creuset believe that true quality only comes through hand finishing by skilled craftsmen so whilst pouring the hot iron is controlled by machine each piece of Le Creuset cookware passed through the hands of 32 skilled craftsmen during its production. Such is their commitment to quality that it takes up to 5 years to fully train an enameller to spray the unique graded colour finish onto each pot.
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