Brilliant, but nly for the serious cook.

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“Brilliant, but nly for the serious cook. ”

Written on: 08/05/2017 by LadyGrantham. (2 reviews written)

I owned a black 19 year old Cluny until a recent house move. I bought an ivory Macon for my new house, gas hob with traditional plate, 3 electric ovens with one being fan.
They are solid and sturdy and capable of some serious heat. They are highly controllable in terms of temperature. They are things of beauty to look at too. To cook on they are a delight.
Why do I say for the serious cook only? You need incredible ventilation / extraction because the ovens vent out some serious hot air and smoke, depending on what you cook. They don't have self clean oven liners so if you are someone who is prissy about how clean your cooker is this is not the cooker for you. The knobs get hottish when the ovens have been on a while. Don't put your pan stands in the dishwasher as it spoils the enamel in the long run.

Remember, this is a semi-professional cooker. If you mainly cook ready meals, have an immaculate 'show' kitchen and cook the odd batch of cookies and the occasional cake and have lots of cash to spend buy something else, built in Miele perhaps. If you are a genuinely keen cook, the Lacanche is in a league of its own.
The little electric oven and grill when in oven mode cooks from the bottom up only, perfect for pizza and tarts. The fan oven I am still getting used to as I didn't have a fan on my old Cluny. It certainly cooks more quickly. The gas rings are far more adjustable than a normal cooker, capable of going much hotter and conversely much lower than a normal cooker. As a result, they have thermo couples for safety and, like my old Cluny, you sometimes need to hold the button for a while before they stay lit. I was tempted by an induction hob but was concerned about reliability and repairs in the long run. (Read about all the disgruntled Falcon owners!) When I learnt my copper pans wouldn't work on induction that was my decision made.
If you genuinely do a lot of cooking you'll love it. After previously owning a Cluny, when I moved into my new house and cooked on a little Zanussi cooker I was shocked at how flimsy it was. It is wonderful to have a proper cooker again now my Macon is installed.

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