In the realm of range ovens, one of the most luxurious—some would even say opulent—brands you will find is the French manufacturer La Cornue.
For over a century, La Cornue has been creating cooking appliances that exude elegance and classic styling while constantly innovating and adapting their technological advancements with the times. With this devotion to the art of cooking as well as the art of design, La Cornue ranges have earned acclaim for their performance in households around the world, offering high performance to match their gorgeous aesthetics. Here, we’re going to take a look at La Cornue—their origins, their philosophy, and their products.
Be forewarned—La Cornue ranges are a seriously high-end brand with quite a high-end price range (call Appliances Connection for the latest prices). But we’re certain that by the time you finish reading, you will be convinced that buying a La Cornue range is not simply a purchase, but an investment in your home, your kitchen, and living your best life. Let’s begin at the beginning…
In 1908, in the heart of Paris, herbalist and perfumer Albert Dupuy revolutionized what it meant to cook food when he unveiled an invention never seen before—the world’s first convection oven. In an era when the vast majority of people thought of cooking as little more than placing food on an iron stovetop or on racks above fire. Dupuy considered this and thought “What does it mean to really cook?” in such a way that food isn’t simply heated but prepared with care and a passion for haute cuisine.
To this end, Dupuy founded a company that developed a cooking appliance with a vaulted ceiling in the cavity so that the food wasn’t cooked by the flames alone, but by the heated air which circulated around it. In an especially forward-thinking innovation. Dupuy built his ovens to be able to utilize the gas lines which were quickly spreading throughout Paris, enabling the oven’s to be precisely controlled. He named his company La Cornue—"cornue” being the French term for the system used to refine the gas which powered his creation.
Ever since, La Cornue has grown to become one of the most renowned and praised manufacturers of ranges, cooktops and hoods in the world, exporting ranges to more than 250 retailers in 40 countries.
Over one hundred years after Albert Dupuy’s breakthrough convection oven forever changed the way food was prepared and appreciated, his legacy and his devotion to culinary perfection continues at La Cornue, with the single objective being the pleasure of the customer. And nothing provides more pleasure than exploring and experiencing the utmost in kitchen appliance finery combined with flawless performance—which are made possible by La Cornue’s elite manufacturing standards and processes.
Every single La Cornue range is custom hand crafted by a boutique staff of less than 100 experienced, highly knowledgeable artisans at atelier in Saint-Ouen L’Aumône outside Paris. And the skilled technicians who build these ranges don’t simply construct them and ship them out. They are specialists who know their job and their product from the frame up and follow each range from its initial design to the final packaged product. La Cornue believes that “true excellence can only be achieved when every step in the process is in pursuit of perfection.” And that’s what you will cherish when you purchase a gorgeously appointed range from La Cornue.
What ultimately makes La Cornue stand out from other brands is, of course, the end result of their ceaseless innovation and masterly construction—their ranges. They are available in two distinct series, the CornuFé Series and the Chateau Series. Each stands as an testament to the dedication and determination of La Cornue to create the ultimate in luxury cooking appliances. Now let’s take a closer look at what makes each series unique…
The CornuFé Series could be called the standard line of ranges offered by La Cornue—though referring to any of their products as “standard” is a drastic misnomer. They are crafted from the same pure materials as the higher-priced Chateau series, but cater to those who, though still demanding the very finest range on the market, don’t need such extras as personalized size options or custom-built features. And they are assembled by hand with the finest materials by skilled artisans at La Cornue’s atelier in Saint-Ouen L’Aumône, the same facility as the Chateau ranges.
Although not completely customizable, the CornuFé series comes in both single, 36” wide and double, 43” oven configurations. The single ovens have a convection cooking option, while the double oven has one oven that is strictly convection cooking with the other having it as an option. The are all freestanding and use a duel-fuel set up, and are equipped with high quality, powerful brass burners that look aesthetically rich and beautiful, while also having high durability against high power cooking.
Perhaps best of all, the CornuFé line comes in a brilliant palette of rich colors, trims, and hardware to choose from, allowing you to create a kitchen aesthetic that is completely your own, as can be witnessed with the La Cornue C9MF CornuFe Series 36” Freestanding Range in Gloss Black with Stainless Steel Trim and Polished Brass Accents Trim. A stunning work of beauty that is a wonder to behold.
If the CornuFé Series can be seen as La Cornue’s incredibly high standard model, then the Château Series is the crown jewel. Debuting in 1964, the Château Series is the culmination of generations of innovation, research, and a passion for perfection inspired by Albert Depuy himself, with each range still featuring his trademark vaulted oven as well as all of the features found in the CornuFé.
Constructed by hand with the care and precision, the Château Series elevates the idea of luxury ranges above and beyond any previous incarnation. Each of these masterpieces is made to order to the customer’s specifications, with an astounding 8,000 possible color, finish, trim and measurement configurations, along with seven different widths ranging from a staid 31” to an expansive 71”. Offering the ultimate in high-performance components paired with artistic refinement, with these ovens you can truly create a work of art that matches your individual style and culinary demands, like the the La Cornue G49 in arrayed with stainless steel hardware set against a black exterior, creating an artistic yet industrial feel.
With all of the available aesthetic and utilitarian options offered by La Cornue, your Château range can honestly be said to be unlike any other range in the world.
As you can see, La Cornue represents the highest caliber of French culinary potential—an immaculate fusion of modern technology and classic design that lends an immediate air of sophistication and luxury in whichever kitchen is graced by their presence. Whether you purchase a Château or CornuFé range, you are entering a new world of cooking excellence that simply cannot be equaled.
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How much does La Cornue cost?
That depends on the oven series and design. The price is entirely decided by what custom configurations, colors, and options chosen by the customer.
Who owns La Cornue?
In 2015 La Cornue became part of the Middleby Corporation as part of a corporate acquisition of the Aga Rangemaster Group.
Does La Cornue make a 30 inch range?
Yes. The Château Series is available in a 30 inch configuration.70”. With all of these size options, it's important to measure your space before buying a La Cornue range