If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love food and love to cook. Fresh ingredients from our farmer’s market are my jam and my family prefers home cooked meals over going out. Discovering new cookbooks, strolling through Williams Sonoma, trying different recipes, and kitchen gadgets that will make me a more efficient home chef make me happy so I was thrilled when Hestan Cue reached out to me about trying their smart cooking system.
A smart fry pan that communicates with an induction burner and the recipe app on my phone via Bluetooth sounds like a tech savvy food lover’s dream come true but it’s also marketed as a product that could help novice chefs build confidence in their cooking. At $500+ for the system (it it currently available from Amazon for $400), it’s definitely an investment that you expect to make to make cooking dreams come true with a phenomenal out of the box experience that’s free of glitches.
I was hopeful that Hestan Cue would fill my kitchen with sparkles and rainbows as good smells emanated from the pan but as my excitement turned into confusion, then frustration, and finally the positive experience I hoped for, I had to wonder if I expected too much from something whose one job was to help me cook good food.
Here’s what you need to know about how the smart pan and induction burner work with the embedded Bluetooth sensors to communicate with the app on your iOS or Android device to help you cook like a pro and what my out of the box experience was like.