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Old 08-19-2006, 10:54 PM   #1
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Pampered Chef vs. Williams-Sonoma?

I'm new to cooking and really want great quality cooking supplies. What is your opinion on which is better-Pampered Chef products or Williams-Sonoma products? I know partly you're paying for the name brands, but I'm also thinking the quality must be outstanding. Please share any opinions as I am a total novice. Thanks.

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Old 08-19-2006, 11:22 PM   #2
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Between the two, I'd recommend W-S by far over PC.

However, I'd research specific product brands for the items I want to buy and look for them online for less money.
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Old 08-20-2006, 08:23 AM   #3
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The two are not really equals in my opinion, but to be perfectly honest I do not have a lot of experience with PC. From what I know though, PC is more for kitchen gadgets while WS has most everything you would need for the kitchen.

They are both expensive places to shop and you can find the same things at other stores from much less sometimes. I do love WS though. They sell high quality stuff. From what I understand, PC is high quality too, but they seem to have a lot of plastic things where WS has more metal.

I do not bother with PC because their prices are way too high for me for what it is. Their pizza stone, for instance, is very pricey and can be found elsewhere for a fraction of the price.
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Old 08-20-2006, 09:14 AM   #4
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I prefer Williams-Sonoma.

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Old 08-20-2006, 09:16 AM   #5
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Williams-Sonoma by a long shot. No comparison.
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Old 08-20-2006, 10:02 AM   #6
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Welcome to DC, CremeBruleeFan! I also prefer Williams-Sonoma, but their prices can also run high. Lots of home cooks don't realize they can shop at restaurant supply stores! Their quality is high, and their prices are usually lower than any other place. For folks who don't live in or near a big city with a resto supply store, many, like Prince, are on line. I will look for some links and get back to you, if you're interested.
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:45 AM   #7
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Thanks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

What type of products would you absolutely have to buy at WS (if you had the choice) and what type of things could be bought anywhere? Like I just bought supplies to make Creme Brulee, and I spent $100 at WS. I had to get the torch/4 ramekin set http://ww2.williams-sonoma.com/cat/p...1192&cmsrc=sch which was $50, and a couple more Apilco porcelain ramekins for $13, Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla Paste $11, butane $5, and their creme brulee cookbook (which I love) for $15. Then I saw a torch/ramekin set at Target made by Chefmate for 19.99. The Target Chefmate ramekins say they're porcelain too for 1.99 each. Would you save $ and get the Chefmate torch & ramekins or get the one at WS? At WS, they call theirs a "professional culinary torch."
Also, here's another example-(and please, I know you must be thinking I'm really dumb but I'm just so new and need all the help I can get) Mesh Strainers, 7" Chefmate at Target 7.99, at WS "made in Italy of 18/10 stainless steel and has a heavy steel rim" 7" for $36. Would you get the Target one when it comes to something as benign as a strainer?
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The less expensive alternative to the torches you list is a propane torch from the hardware store that you would use for household repairs. Works great for brulee and costs a lot less. The gas costs less as well.

The less expensive strainer may rust in the dishwasher. I wouldn't spend $36. for a mesh strainer, I'd buy a less expensive alternative perhaps in plastic.
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At WS, they call theirs a "professional culinary torch."
ROTFL! someone gave me that torch as a gift, and it lasted exactly twice! I'd be looking at the hardware store for a torch, as Andy recommends... and nearly every store that sells dishes has ramekins... or you can go on line to a restaurant supply store. They carry them in every possible size you can imagine, for a whole lot less... or try Target or Crate and Barrel. By the way, here is the link to the restaurant supply house I mentioned before: JB Prince
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Old 08-21-2006, 10:32 AM   #10
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Shop on Amazon for Today's Deals and on Friday for the Friday Sale for some possibly incredible buys in cookware.
WS is fine for sales and they have good ones.
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