Master Your Kitchen with Chef Cookware: A Guide to Using and Caring

You’ve purchased your brand new Chef Cookware, what now?

Congratulations on your brand new Chef Cookware! Now that you’ve taken the first step towards cooking excellence, it’s time to embark on a culinary adventure like no other. Unleash your inner chef, experiment with new recipes, and bring your culinary dreams to life. From gourmet feasts to everyday favourites, your new Chef Cookware will be your trusty sidekick in the kitchen.

But before you can embark on this exciting culinary adventure, there are a few important steps you need to take to ensure that you can enjoy your cookware to the fullest:

Before first use:
Unpack your cookware and remove all packaging and labels. Before using your cookware for the first time, it’s important to wash it thoroughly with warm, soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth to clean both the interior and exterior of the cookware. Rinse well and dry it completely. Voila, your brand new Chef cookware does not require any further preparation!

Familiarise yourself with the features:
Take some time to read the instruction manual or any accompanying documentation that comes with your Chef Cookware. Familiarise yourself with the features, proper usage, and any specific instructions provided to ensure that you take proper care of your enamel cookware.

Plan your first recipe

Plan your first recipe:

Now for the exciting part, think about what dish you’d like to prepare using your new Chef Cookware. Consider the size and capacity of the cookware and choose a recipe that complements its capabilities. Next, gather the necessary ingredients then, finally you can start preparing your very first dish in your brand new cookware. Get ready for the best cooking experience you’ve ever had. 

Explore exciting recipes from Chef’s Kitchen here

Cooking heats:
To obtain the best results for cooking your favourite dishes, which includes frying and searing, you would want to have your heat setting on medium or low heat.

Whether you’re using your Chef Wok, Chef Skillet or Chef Round Casserole, allow your casserole to heat gradually and thoroughly for even and efficient cooking results.

The only time to cook on high heat temperatures is when you want to reduce the consistency of stocks or sauces, or to boil water for vegetables or pasta.

Chef’s Tip: Overheating your cookware at high temperatures for long will cause the food to burn or stick. This will damage your cookware. Any Chef cast iron cookware that has a vitreous enamel coating retains heat efficiently and, therefore, does not need a lot of time to pre-heat.

After care:
While Chef’s enamel cookware is designed to be extremely durable, you should never place your hot cookware directly in cool water. This will cause thermal shock which has a negative impact on your cookware’s cooking abilities; if placed in cold water the cookware could result in cracking and cause a loss of enamel. Turn your stove off and leave the cookware to cool before washing.  

If there are leftover food residues, fill your cookware with warm water and leave to soak for half an hour before gently washing with a cloth. To prevent damaging your enamel coating, avoid using metallic pads or harsh abrasive cleaning materials. 

Read the blog on how to avoid making simple mistakes with your Chef enamel cookware: Simple Mistakes Ruining Your Chef Casseroles

Chef’s enamel cookware are dishwasher safe, but always allow the cycle to finish before opening the door as this will ensure the cookware has dried completely.  

Proper cleaning and maintenance will help preserve the quality and longevity of your Chef Cookware.  

Storing your enamel cookware


Always ensure your cookware is dry to the touch before storing them in your kitchen cabinet or in an airy space away from steam. 

We do not recommend stacking your cookware. However, if you do not have ample space in your kitchen, place a thick sheet of paper towels between each piece of cookware, to prevent them from scratching one another.  

South Africans love cooking in Chef’s enamel cookware, so much so that they leave their bright and colourful cookware on their stove or kitchen counter; it makes for a perfect accent piece for any kitchen.  

Purchasing new cookware is always exciting as you can explore the possibilities of creating delicious meals. Now that you’ve got the hang of taking proper care of your cookware, we promise you’ll reap the benefits of owning a Chef Enamel casserole.