This evening (Tuesday April 14, 9pm) BBC 2’s Inside the Factory will feature Le Creuset’s foundry in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France.
From molten iron to the expert hand finishing, the show will provide insights into the unique care and attention that goes into producing every cast iron casserole from the iconic brand.
The word‘ le creuset” means a large cauldron – which is used to melt raw materials (including pig iron) at an extremely high temperature to pour into moulds (created from sand). Each mould is individually made and recycled so that no two pieces of Le Creuset are ever “exactly” the same. Skilled craftsman clean and smooth each piece before the durable cookware receives two coats of emamel.
Top: The iconic cast iron casserole from Le Creuset