Induction Cooking vs. Gas vs. Electric... and the Winner Is?

Three star chefs battled for best dish using induction cooking, gas, and electric, respectively. Whose cooktop saved the day?

On November 6th, three star chefs went toe to toe (to toe) to cook the same delicious dish on different Electrolux cooktops — one chef using induction cooking technology, one using a gas cooktop, and one on an electric cooktop — to determine once and for all which prepares food fastest and tastiest.

Chefs Camille Becerra, Phoebe Lapine, and Jennifer Perillo joined Electrolux for a live-streamed cook-off at Food52 Studios, each preparing the same winning recipe from hundreds of "best party side dishes" submissions: Pan-Roasted Cauliflowers.

The induction cooktop took an early lead; as the gas and electric burners pre-heated for the challenge, Jennifer had her induction equipment ready to go in well under a minute -- though still cool to the touch, due to the high-tech magnetic properties of induction cooking.


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The chefs and hosts chatted during the challenge, discussing their favorite kitchen tools, ingredients and techniques. Jennifer admitted that a fork is her go-to kitchen savior, while Camille crowned olive oil, sea salt, and lemon as her ingredient staples.

Finally, the dishes were finished and ready for judging. The viewing audience tweeted their votes for Best Presentation and the winner was... Camille on the Electrolux electric cooktop.

The taste testers, Food52 co-founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, also turned in their votes, awarding Best Taste to Jennifer on the induction cooktop, as well as giving a nod to induction as the fastest, simplest meal prep. 

Watch the full stream of the Cooking Challenge below.

About the Chefs:

Camille Becerra (electric) is a chef with over 15 years of New York restaurant experience. She was a contestant on Top Chef Season 3 and was the owner of the Brooklyn restaurant, Paloma, as well as various pop-ups throughout the city, including The Hunger and The Cookery. 

Phoebe Lapine (gas) is a cookbook author, private chef, culinary instructor, blogger and caterer, born and raised in New York City. She's a regular contributor to The Huffington PostSerious EatsThe Daily MealLearnVest, and Shape Magazine. 

Jennifer Perillo (induction) is the Consulting Food Editor at Working Mother magazine, contributes to the Food Network blog, and worked in notable New York restaurants Gramercy Tavern and Alain Ducasse at the Essex House. Her recipes have appeared in Parenting, Kiwi, and Relish magazines.