A must-have for any at-home chef, the cast-iron pan is one of the few kitchen products that actually improves with heavy use. With this in mind, chef Matty Matheson and Castor Design have created the ultimate cookware.
It’s a reunion of sorts: Both Matheson and Castor Design are icons, if not iconoclasts, of Toronto dining and design; the heavily tattooed Matheson (who stars in his own Vice show) is a beloved restaurateur, while Castor’s Brian Richer and Kei Ng are veterans of the city’s design scene — and also among the founders of OddFellows and Parts & Labour, two restaurants that once employed Matheson. More than a decade later, the trio has reconnected to make an heirloom pan that will last for years to come.
The thick-bottomed skillet’s defining feature is its distinctive edge: The lip gently rises where it meets the handle, providing more surface area to collect sauces when the pan is tilted and serving as a handy resting spot for a cooking utensil.