I'm always hunting for quality plating and serving platters that can show off salads and main dishes. And I’ve been excited to try the new Serving Platter by Made In Cookware. What we didn’t expect was something way more than a serving platter.
When it arrived we were immediately struck by the packaging quality. Smartly designed, no wasteful materials used for shipping. A basic black box with white lettering to let you know what’s inside. When you open it, you’re greeted by the Made In logo cut out on the cover over the platter. That’s the beginning…
Inside the box was the Made In 13” oval Serving Platter in plain white. It's part of their Tabletop collection and also comes in white with red rim, or, white with blue rim.
Right away I was aware of the apparent quality. The simplicity of the design is paired with the heft (weighing in at 2.5 pounds). It's sturdy. So what gives this tabletop server immediate appeal?
Construction: The platter is fully glazed on front and back. It creates a uniform appearance and protects it from scratches when stacked. Made In also utilizes a construction process called vitrification. Basically, it involves high-heat that gives the platter it’s gloss and strength, making it ideal for restaurant use and for reducing the potential for chipping.
Beauty Mark: What’s that you say? A platter with a beauty mark? Actually, yes. A sign of high-quality. The marks are the place where the pins suspended the platter so that it could be glazed all over.
Stoke-on-Trent: The serving platter is made in Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom. Stoke-on-Trent is the world capital of ceramic making and has been making fine ceramics and pottery for over 300 years. Known as the Potteries, local residents there are known as Potters.
There’s even more that impressed us. First, the platter is made for both commercial and residential use. Then we quickly realized that it’s usefulness is only limited by imagination. Here’s why:
Oven safe up to 572 degrees
One year “No Chip” guarantee
Started in 2016, Made In sells directly to the consumer. Their co-founders have a familial background in kitchen supplies.
Their products are chef-designed and because they sell direct to consumer, they can offer top-quality at reasonable pricing. That’s good news for aspiring home chefs everywhere. They also have a Restaurant Supply program.
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Quality materials, construction and design have quickly launched top reviews by chefs all over. You’ll find Made In used by James Beard Award winners and in three Michelin-star restaurants like Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin in New York City.
More examples of great chefs who use Made In?
'Top Chef' host & Craft Hospitality owner, Tom Colicchio.
Owner of Horn Barbeque in Oakland, Tom Horn
2018 Pittsburgh Magazine Chef of the Year & owner of Wild Child, Jamilka Borges.
The Serving Platter also falls under the brand's Limited Lifetime Warranty and generous 45-day return / exchange policy.
AND we can't forget to mention reasonable pricing...
AND we like their easy-to-navigate and informative website, too.
The plain white and vitrification high gloss really are a blank canvas to make good food look great. Anything with color immediately pops, as did our broiled lemon butter Parmesan asparagus.
We would even use this platter to simply display croissants and fresh pastries, or pasta salads, or, we might use it next for a fish dish we have in mind.
You can tell that the surface is not porous, so no worries about staining. And clean up? A breeze. The glossy, smooth, no-chip surface was virtually non-stick. When it met soap and water it took little to no effort to wipe clean.
The love was immediate with the Made In Serving Platter and the brand overall. We know this piece will be used to showcase and serve many, many main dishes, salads and desserts.
Any professional or home chef / cook should check out this Gay Dining approved brand. I say get in now. You're in the know. The trajectory for Made In and it's quality kitchen wares will only continue upward...
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