Great Jones has cookware and bakeware for every need.
Will Malnati and Liz Clayman
The era of disrupters is here. From mattresses to plants, a new generation of entrepreneurs have imbued fresh design, sustainability, internet marketing, and technological innovation into age-old industries. The latest to get a revamp: kitchenware. From bright colors to pretty details, the new breed of direct-to-consumer brands not only appeals to millennial cooks buying Dutch ovens on Instagram but anyone looking for a functional beautiful kitchen gear refresh.
Today’s review: Great Jones
Having spent my formative years in New York, the name Great Jones conjures old memories. I spent many days drinking spicy margaritas over brunch at the café on the street of the same name. Twenty years later, I still wear an orange hat emblazoned with the now defunct Cajun-Creole joint’s logo. So, when a cookware brand called Great Jones debuted with its fat, swirly font and boldly colored products, I experienced an irrational nostalgic attachment to it.
However, you didn’t come here to read about my ever-lasting love for Great Jones Café, so I’ll move on to the bakeware and cookware.
As with other colorful brands, Great Jones was started by a young entrepreneur who felt the industry needed a shake-up. The co-founder and CEO, Sierra Tishgart, wanted to design a line that would “inspire joy and confidence in home cooking through smart yet stylish designs,” her PR team shared.
Prior to launching Great Jones in 2018, Sierra was the Senior Editor of Grub Street, New York Magazine’s food vertical. She covered the restaurant industry, earning a James Beard Award for her work, among other accolades.
The name Great Jones pays homage to cookbook author Judith Jones and is a nod to NYC, where the company is based.
I received two samples to test in the kitchen: the Holy Sheet baking tray and a 8.5” small fry.
The pretty little Small Fry.
Starting with the fry pan, I knew I wanted the smaller size for tortillas. I hand roll my own combining masa with water and use a fry pan to cook them individually. The first batch of tortillas cooked up easily and slid right out of with about two seconds of wipe down for clean-up. The pan heated evenly and the handle stayed cool.
The small fry’s smooth surface is made with a nontoxic ceramic coating that’s PTFE and PFOA free, and safe for all stovetops, including induction. I also liked the design touch of a bronze looped handle that comes welded rather than screwed. Pretty and practical.
Small Fry handle in copper is welded to the pan.
Next, I tested the non-stick Holy Sheet in vibrant blueberry. One thing I like about the company: as opposed to the subdued matte hues of other contemporary brands, Great Jones imbues its products with primary statement …….