While The Washington Free Beacon made it a point to say that American companies were celebrated for their copper cookware, too, foodies and chefs weren’t too surprised by the vice president’s purchases, especially because Harris is known to be a foodie who is more than competent in the kitchen.
New York City chef Alex Tubero told Market Watch that Harris’ choice “speaks to a certain culinary savvy,” because copper pans’ ability to conduct heat guarantees good results. He also admitted that while American cookware can deliver similar results, there is a preference for French cookware because of the “nostalgia” factor.
In a piece explaining why copper pans had a place in serious kitchens, Los Angeles-based chef Ludo Lefebvre told Bon Appetit in 2017, “I asked for copper pots as a Christmas present when I was 10 years old. It was what I grew up cooking on with my grandmother and mother and what chefs used in France.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the purchase — which the internet mistakenly thought involved Le Creuset-branded enamel cookware — had social media divided between those who appreciated the vice president’s love for cooking and those who thought paying hundreds of dollars for cookware might have been a bit too much, given the times.