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John Ulam Interview
 
View an informative early television interview with John Ulam, where he describes in detail the metallurgic science and technical innovations that led to the creation of All-Clad. Experience first hand the history behind America’s finest cookware which joins together the inspiration of the world’s leading chefs with the unmatched artistry of American craftsmen.
 
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Key dates

  • 1967

    All-Clad founder John Ulam patents a bonding process for stainless and aluminum.

  • 1971

    All-Clad Metalcrafters is founded in the heart of the American steel industry.

  • 1974

    All-Clad’s first cookware collections are introduced.

  • 1981

    All-Clad becomes the leading premium cookware brand in the United States.

  • 1990

    Introduction of Stainless, the most popular All-Clad collection.

  • 1993

    All-Clad adds non-stick cookware in the Stainless Collection.

  • 1998

    All-Clad introduces a collection of stainless cooking tools.

  • 1999

    Copper-Core is introduced for the ultimate culinary performance.

  • 2006

    Chef Thomas Keller becomes an ambassador for All-Clad.

  • 2009

    All-Clad introduces d5, that revolutionises culinary performance.

  • 2011

    All-Clad creates the new Stainless Collection, the revolution of a Classic

 An American Heritage

Born in the U.S. steel age in 1967, Clad Metals began as a small metallurgical company that specialised in formulating bonded metals for a variety of industries. Company founder, John Ulam, a brilliant metallurgist, realized the combination of different metals created composites that yielded superior results. He was awarded more than 50 U.S. patents for bonded metals and secured a contract with the U.S. Mint to make dimes, quarters and half dollars. He was later instrumental in the nation's conversion from solid silver coins to bonded layered metals used in coins today.

After years of perfecting the bonding process, Ulam established All-Clad Metalcrafters in 1971, and began producing professional quality bonded cookware for working chefs and avid home cooks. The brand flourished as early adopters realized the cookware’s extraordinary properties and exemplary cooking performance.

Today, All-Clad cookware is still handcrafted in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, with American-made steel the same way it was four decades ago. It is still widely sought after by the world’s top chefs and passionate home cooks.
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