Staub began in the Alsace region of France, known for great one-pot recipes and for the enameled ceramics made in the area. The brand was founded by Francis Staub, the grandson of a cookware merchant. Staub designed his first pot in 1974 by combining the latest technology and the traditional utility... Read More of cast iron. Staub products transition easily from the kitchen to the table due to the wide assortment of vibrant colors and the pieces' contemporary look. Staub is best known for its high-performance cocottes that have a special spike system on the lids, allowing continuous self-basting of the food being prepared. The cocottes have smooth enamel on the bottom, making them compatible with all heat sources. They also have a variety of dishes, teapots, fondue sets, saute pans, and other specialty items. Staub is a reference brand for amazing chefs all over the world such as Paul Bocuse, Hiroyuki Hiramatsu, Michael Kafer, and Stefan Stiller.