Gaggenau's Teppan Yaki - Is This a Useful Appliance?
Gaggenau sells the 12" wide Teppan Yaki (at right). You cook food right on the surface. Their desciption:
"Sear hearty meats and prepare delicacies directly on the sleek, modular cooking surface. With a cooking zone composed of aluminum and other metals sandwiched by stainless steel, it resists the toughest of abrasions. Thanks to its oval shape, you can smoke, simmer or warm food with an even distribution of heat for optimal control and extraordinary results."
It looks cool, and I like Asian food this thing was meant to cook, but can I really do anything with this that can't be done with an ordinary pan or griddle on a cooktop? And despite the abrasion-resistant surface, would it be a pain to have to clean the thing up? It seems easier to throw a pan into the dishwasher.
Anyone have one of these, or a similar item from another brand?
I have the matching cooktop and grill already, for an impending kitchen renovation.