Ghetto Gastro is Back With The Chic-est Skillets I’ve Ever Seen

published May 9, 2022
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Last fall, the cool Bronx-based culinary collective Ghetto Gastro launched a collection of electric kitchen appliances at Target. The products went flying off the shelves. Now, the Ghetto Gastro creatives, Jon Gray, Lester Walker, and Pierre Serrão are back with a new set of chic frying pans at Williams Sonoma and they do not disappoint.

A collective of chefs who use food to empower communities, fight racism, and advance social justice, Ghetto Gastro has launched multiple collections of accessible cookware in partnership with with Crux Kitchen. Their latest collaboration, the CRUXGG Carbon Blue Steel collection, consists of two sleek high-wall frying pans and is available exclusively at Williams Sonoma.

Credit: Williams Sonoma

“CRUXGG Blue Steel cookware is designed with style and function at the top of our minds,” Walker says of the frying pans. The cool thing about these pans is that they heat up quickly like cast iron, but are lightweight like stainless steel. “It can sear, brown, and caramelize. To us, that means layering flavors and it tastes like heaven on earth,” Walker adds.

I recently test-drove the 10-inch fry pan to caramelize a sweet onion and sear a ribeye steak. The pan heated up faster than my trusty cast iron skillet does, and the smooth surface barely let anything stick. The food came out perfectly cooked — and was absolutely delicious. The high, curved sides make the pan ideal for tossing ingredients and flash cooking vegetables, and I’m super excited to use it again for new recipes. What’s equally as exciting is how easy the pan was to clean. As a bonus, the pan looks beautiful hung on display in my kitchen. If you’re looking for a new go-to pan that’s stylish, effective, and moderately priced, the Ghetto Gastro fry pans are a cook’s dream.

Each pan has a sleek, black finish with a sturdy stainless steel handle. This collection is available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma and products range from $89.95 (10-inch) to $99.95 (12-inch).