Le Creuset—“the crucible” in French—began creating cast iron cookware over 85 years ago in a foundry in Northern France. The same foundry, in Fresnoy-Le-Grand, that today uses individual sand molds to fashion each and every hand-inspected cast iron kitchen product that Le Creuset sells. People who love to cook fine meals and present them to family and friends appreciate this tradition of quality. The story of Le Creuset is one of a superior product idea—enameled cast iron cookware—improved over time through innovations in technology, design and manufacturing, and then directing that standard of quality to a new range of cookware products. Products including stainless steel cookware, forged hard-anodized nonstick cookware and stoneware dinnerware. What started in 1925 as a collaboration between casting specialist Armand Desaegher and enameling expert Octave Aubecq, continues as a tradition for professional and amateur chefs in joyful kitchens across the globe.