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8 New York Chefs on the Best Skillet

Great cooking starts with the right tools.

Collage of various skillets.

Cooking fish, roasted chicken, or saffron risotto just isn’t the same without them.

Matfer Bourgeat copper frying pan.

“This pan used to belong to my mentor Jean-Louis Palladin. I like this, as it has a heavy base with a really heavy-set handle. The pan itself is about three inches deep and curved toward the bottom on the inside, which is great when whisking, as the whisk will hit all sides.” —Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin

BUY: Matfer Bourgeat Copper Frying Pan
$298, Amazon

Mauviel M'heritage pan.

“Mauviel products are amazing in both quality and design. Every time I have the chance to go to a houseware store like Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table, my eyes are drawn to them. The pots have nice weight with beautiful sloping interiors, perfect for mixing and whisking.” —Emma Bengtsson, Aquavit

BUY: Mauviel M’heritage M250
$255, Amazon

Note: This skillet is currently out of stock, but similar versions with stainless steel handles are available here.

Mauviel skillet.

“It’s beautifully made, and the handle stays cool, even when using high heat. The skillet is beautifully designed with superior heat conductivity. It’s a pleasure to cook anything in this pan.” —Marc Meyer, Vic’s and Rosie’s Cookshop

BUY: Mauviel Skillet With Copper Exterior and Nickel Exterior
$384, Amazon

Lodge 12" skillet.

“This pan was a gift from my mother-in-law the first Christmas that I was dating my now-wife. Every single meal we have eaten in the last 16 years has been cooked in this pan. Every one. Every roast chicken, steak, breakfast, lunch, dinner, every Thanksgiving stuffing, corn bread, Parker House roll, and focaccia. Every time I pick it up to cook I am reminded about all the wonderful years that I have had with my wife and all the comforting meals we have cooked in that pan.” —Kevin Adey, Faro

BUY: Lodge 12” Skillet
$29, Amazon

Lodge 10.25" skillet.

“Before opening Luksus, I used this skillet at home. Now it hangs in the main kitchen.
It’s comforting to have it there. Like most cast-iron skillets, it’s wonderful for cooking over open fire and distributes heat amazingly well.” —Daniel Burns, Luksus and Tørst

BUY: Lodge 10.25” Skillet
$15, Amazon

Matfer Bourgeat steel pan.

“These guys have even heat, durability, and you can cook fish in them because of the sloped sides. And we never wash them. Just a lot of kosher salt, and put them over a high flame and let them dry out. Then scrub dry with a towel.” —John Fraser, DovetailNarcissa, and Nix

BUY: Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel Round Frying Pan
$54, Amazon

Staub fry pan.

“I like the way it maintains even temperature, as well as the flavor that it gives to food. At Sant Ambroeus’s West Village location we use skillets to cook lamb and steaks, and then bring it table-side for guests to enjoy.” —Andrea Bucciarelli, Sant Ambroeus West Village

BUY: Staub Fry Pan
$170, Amazon

Le Creuset cast-iron pan.

Le Creuset has beautiful workmanship. This brand also has a lot of memories for me: I still remember my mom using it to cook things like paella and saffron risotto.” —Bryce Shuman, Betony

BUY: Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Braising Pan
$330, Amazon