LOUISVILLE, Ky.—March 17, 2017— GE Appliances’ FirstBuild™ will showcase its Paragon Induction Cooking System along with Chantal cookware at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago March 18-21 at McCormick Place in Booth S3210. FirstBuild and Chantal have partnered to bundle cutting-edge mobile technology with elegant induction cookware that together allow anyone to achieve professional results.

The Paragon Mat, the newest innovation through FirstBuild, precisely controls pan temperature and automatically adjusts burner output, so users will be confident that their food creations will be consistent every time. When controlling with traditional settings like medium-high, pan temperatures can vary dramatically throughout a single cooking session, resulting in inconsistent and even puzzling results. By contrast, the Paragon Induction Cooking System allows chefs to specify a cooking temperature, just like they have been doing in the oven for decades. No more overcooking or undercooking due to unknown temperatures.

“The original Paragon was the first induction cooktop designed for sous-vide cooking, earning its place in the hearts of foodies and dinner party hosts. The Paragon Mat dramatically expands Paragon’s utility by controlling pan temperature, making Paragon the new cooktop of choice for everyday chefs,” said Larry Portaro, director of FirstBuild.

FirstBuild's Connected Paragon Cooking System
FirstBuild’s connected Paragon Cooking System will be demoing in the Chantal Cookware booth, S3210, at 2017 International Home + Housewares Show.

The Paragon Mat is the latest addition to the Paragon Induction Cooking System, which includes:

  • The Paragon Induction Cooktop, designed to receive temperature feedback from a variety of Bluetooth®-connected temperature sensors
  • The Paragon Mat, which directly monitors and controls cookware temperature
  • The Paragon Probe, for controlling liquid temperature as in sous-vide cooking
  • The FirstBuild App, which has precision cooking profiles tailored to a variety of foods

While the Paragon Probe is great for sous-vide cooking, the Paragon Mat now enables passionate home chefs to achieve a perfect sear without overheating butter or oil. Everyday cooks will find that the Paragon Mat takes the guesswork out of cooking staples like bacon and grilled cheese.

Demonstrations of the Paragon Cooking System will take place at the show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Chef Sara Moulton.

About FirstBuild
GE Appliances’ FirstBuild is a global co-creation community that harnesses the brainpower of the maker movement to change the way major home appliances are conceived, designed and manufactured. A physical state-of-the-art microfactory in Louisville, Kentucky and online forum, FirstBuild speeds products from mind to market and enables customization through small batch production, without the costs and risks of traditional mass manufacturing. For more information about how to get involved, visit FirstBuild.com.