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    Study Confirms Professional Chefs Overwhelmingly Prefer Cooking with Gas
    Propane Offers the Benefits of Gas Cooking to Rural Homeowners

     

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    Washington, DC (October 12, 2004) – When it comes to results, the majority of professional chefs agree that cooking with gas, whether propane or natural gas, is the best option. According to a recent national survey, 96 percent of professional chefs prefer using a gas cooktop, and nine out of 10 would recommend that others use gas to cook as well.

    “I’ve been in this business for more than 20 years and I don’t know of any professional chefs that prefer using electric,” said Brian Mattingly, executive chef at the California Culinary Academy. “We teach our more than 2,400 students to use gas ranges because they are easier to control, quicker to heat up, simpler to clean, and less expensive to maintain.”

    Consumers purchase millions of cooking appliances every year with the intent of remodeling their kitchens. Even homeowners in rural areas can achieve the benefits of gas cooking by installing propane appliances.

    “For chefs that do not have access to natural gas lines, propane is the best option,” continued Mattingly. “Either way, when deciding between gas and electric cooking appliances, there really is no question. Gas is always the better alternative.”

    The study, conducted in September 2004, surveyed 100 professional chefs from across the United States. Important survey findings include:

    • Nearly all chefs, 96 percent, prefer to use a gas cooktop when cooking, and 68 percent prefer to use a gas oven.
    • Ninety-four (94) percent of professional chefs say it is convenient to use gas when cooking.
    • When asked about the primary benefits of cooking with gas, professional chefs cited:
      • Greater control over temperature (72 percent)
      • Faster cook times and immediate heat (55 percent)
    • Eighty-one (81) percent use gas cooktops at work and 48 percent use gas ovens.
    • Sixty-six (66) percent of professional chefs use gas to cook at home.

    The benefits of choosing natural gas and propane cooking appliances are important to note as more and more homeowners are remodeling their kitchens. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the most popular home remodeling area in 2002 was the kitchen. A survey conducted by the NAHB and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) found that new home builders in 2002 installed 1.7 million ranges, cooktops and ovens, while consumers purchased approximately 6 million ranges, cooktops, and ovens, making the replacement (i.e., remodeling) market for cooking appliances more than three times the size of the new construction market.

    “Professional chefs understand that cooking with gas appliances is much more efficient and delivers better results,” stated Jim Hitzemann, chairman of the Propane Education & Research Council’s Homebuilder Subcommittee. “Consumers need to know that propane makes cooking with gas a possibility for everyone, specifically those who don’t live on the natural gas main. For homeowners in more rural areas who are considering kitchen remodeling, propane is an economical, safe and reliable way to achieve the many benefits of gas cooking.”

    To learn more about propane appliances and to find a propane retailer near you, please visit www.usepropane.com.

    A Web-based survey methodology was used for this study, which was conducted in September 2004. A total of 100 members of the Professional Chefs Association completed the survey.