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For $650, this skillet and burner teaches you how to cookThe Hestan Cue is a Bluetooth-connected cooking system that guides you step by step through fancy recipes.
[MUSIC] The Hestan Cue is a $650 cooking system that's kind of like having a Top Chef looking over your shoulder. It's made up of an induction cook top, a pan, and an app, all of which are connected using bluetooth. Here's how it works. You select a recipe in the [UNKNOWN] app and that app will walk you step by step through everything you need to do whether it's chopping shallots or smashing garlic. The app also tells the burner what temperature is required for each step of your recipe. But at the same time, the pan is talking to the burner and letting it know what its surface temperature is. And if it's getting, let's say too hot, the burner will automatically lower its temperature or vice versa. The education component of the SNQ is on point. Videos are included with each step of the recipe. So you can see exactly what you're supposed to be doing. And the recipes themselves, which include a lot of proteins and sauces are really delicious. And there are plenty of dishes from which to choose. Whether it's sauces or salmon or even pancakes. You don't need the app's recipes to cook. You can control the cooktop manually or set your own temperature. But the SNQ is not as impressive without its app or creative recipes. And like ive seen with other cooking systems, there's no easy way to adapt recipes. Your stuck with ingredients and steps the Hesingue gives you. Fortunately, the recipes ive tired were very good, but it would be nice to build my own recipes, or replace ingredients while still receiving some guidance from the system. The Hesingue gives you peak Get the promise of smart cooking. But even though the Bluetooth connectivity and automatic temperature control is impressive, $650 is asking a lot for one pan and one burner. This product will find it's home surely on the quartz counter tops of folks who want to cook fancy, but don't know how