Did you know that not so long ago UNESCO classified French cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of humanity?
Let’s be clear about this. It doesn’t mean that people don’t eat equally well in other countries, but it can be said that the French were the first to turn cooking into a noble art form. It’s no coincidence that most chefs who shape the concept of haute cuisine come from France, nor that the company making some of the world’s most extraordinary cookers, La Cornue, does so too.
The world’s first vaulted gas oven was patented by Albert Dupuy in Paris in 1908, and thus La Cornue was born. Some time later – immediately after the end of the Second World War – the mood of the country was less than bright and it was at precisely that moment that Albert’s son, André, had the brilliant idea of bringing a little ‘joie de vivre’ to the kitchen by enamelling cooker sides with colourful tints to replace the monotonous and ubiquitous white. The choice was an excellent one and became one of the company’s distinctive traits.
The Château cookers line was introduced in 1964 and made the company famous world-wide. It is hand-made, solely to order, and is available in many variations of finishing, colour and materials. Each time a Château is ordered, a single person supervises the project from start to finish.
For more demanding clients, La Cornue offers a completely made-to-measure service called ‘Culinary Architecture’. This approach enables the entire kitchen layout – from cooking surfaces to fittings – to be designed in accordance with the client’s personal tastes and requirements.
La Cornue nowadays is distinctive not only for the style and quality of its creations, but also for the status they confer: a name capable of fully evoking France’s fascinating and inimitable savoir-faire.
On account of these attributes, La Cornue has been given EPV (Living heritage) status, the most important recognition in France of the country’s inestimable excellence.
Paris, September 2018