Has your improved hardware made you a better cook?
So I'm in the throes of BlueStar lust and need to know if I'm just indulging in a bit of gear fetishism or really likely to improve my ability to produce good food.
So tell your story -- After you started down this path, researched ranges, hoods (associated kitchen remodels...), open burners, closed burners, electric vs. propane...then made the purchase, then lived with your new gear, has it improved your ability (or time required) to produce great food?
..and on that note...High heat: how does it help you? Let's say you've now got your 17k (or 22k!) burner, upgraded from whatever you had before -- how is it translating to a better plate of food?
I'm wondering about all this just to keep myself in check...I *love* to cook and love great tools...But $7k or so of anticipated cost tends to inspire some amount of reality check you know?
What do y'all think?