Part of the Classic Series by Joyce Chen, the 12" Flat Bottom Stir Fry Pan is a solid workhorse of a pan with 1.5mm gauge carbon steel body. The natural carbon steel surface duplicates a more authentic wok cooking surface. Seasoning is required. It's made for use on gas or electric burners and the pan's quality weight carbon steel body is designed for rapid, even heating and cooling that is a must for any stir-fry. These sturdy carbon steel pans will deliver excellent cooking performance and feature a Birch wood handle which is designed to stay cool on the stovetop, so you can easily remove the pan from the burner without using potholders. Joyce Chen's slogan "Eastern Cookware for the Western Kitchen," reflects her focus on providing high-quality, versatile tools and products that have Asian flair, but can be used in a western kitchen. Today, Joyce Chen Products come from all over the Pacific Rim to bring the best of Asia to you. Joyce Chen opened her first restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1958. The restaurant flourished, and in 1973 a larger Cambridge restaurant was opened. Chen also began writing Chinese cookbooks and in the 1970s began hosting a cooking show on public television. She found that the selection and quality of Chinese cookware in America didn't live up to her high standards so she developed her own.