Emeril swears by the material. So does Rick Bayless. One not-yet-famous chef calls cast iron “the holy grail,” so when French company Le Creuset first paired iron with enamel a century ago, it set a standard that still has no equal. The Le Creuset Round French Oven cookware collection consists of enameled pots and pans individually cast in sand molds before each is sealed and fitted with ergonomic knobs and handles. Expect evenly distributed heat, chip-resistant exteriors and unique color palettes. One warning: the urge to serve food directly from Le Creuset pots and pans can be irresistible. They’re just that beautiful.