Kitchen Essentials: Duparquet Copper Cookware
When the Cornell-educated engineer Jim Hamann discovered in a French antiques shop a copper pot that had belonged to chef Bernard Loiseau of La Côte d’Or, a career was born. Now, a dozen years later, Hamann runs Duparquet Copper Cookware, a Rhode Island–based maker that also offers retinning. In 2015 the artisanal company debuted a made-to-order range of pots and pans lined with silver rather than tin, for enhanced conductivity. This kind of specialization is perhaps what has made Duparquet customers of such acclaimed chefs as Alain Ducasse and Lidia Bastianich.
Duparquet handcrafts its cookware—including the new made-to-order, silver-lined series—in the States.
The silver on the cooking surface is five times thicker than that of average silver-plated flatware, for greater resiliency in cooking and cleaning, and it affords a high melting temperature (1,763°F for silver versus 450°F for tin).
Pots and pans are polished to a near-mirror finish.
Duparquet Copper Cookware, duparquet.com ($500–$1,000)