Discover the stories of some of our Lacanche owners!
40" Lacanche Chagny
"We loved the traditional plate in the center as it allowed us to do ‘perfectly simmered’ sauces without burning. We switched to the large burner for our new range as we found the traditional plate took a very long time to cool down and we have small children. We will go back to the traditional plate in five years or so once our children are a little bit older. Our range is my favourite ‘art piece’ in our home and we love to cook roast chicken in the gas oven in a LeCreuset cast iron pot and we love to cook sugar cookies in the electric oven. I will always have a Lacanche range in any home we move to as the quality surpasses any other range we have ever used. We have had exceptional service from The French Barn."
Rachelle Starnes, AB.
Lacanche is a charming village nestled deep in the heart of Burgundy, less than 20 minutes away from world-famous wineries, that has evolved around the factory that is still its heart and soul today.
The original foundry was established at the end of the 18th century by Richard de Curtil to exploit his iron ore-rich land and produce the first hand-built cookers and wood burning stoves bearing the village name, under the supervision of Jacques-Etienne Caumartin, who eventually took over in 1896.
The factory remained with the Coste-Caumartin family until 1972, when the Valeo Company took over. In 1981, Valeo withdrew from Lacanche, leaving the 228 factory workers without an employer.
At this time, one former employee, André Augagneur, decided to launch an industrial project to save the site and 40 jobs. Starting with commercial units, the production soon moved towards high-end, stunning pro-style ranges for residential use. This marked the beginning of a new successful period for Lacanche, now recognized around the world for the beauty, quality and performance of their ranges.
Today his son Jean-Jacques is the General Manager of a factory that is still at the same location it was 200 years ago and employs 200 workers from the village and the area. While machines have replaced men for a few of the more tedious tasks like the cutting and bending of the solid stainless steel tops, each Lacanche range is still carefully assembled by hand, and the passion for tradition and excellence has remained intact.
Of all the steps required to craft a Lacanche range, enamelling is the only one that is not carried out in Lacanche. Finished panels and oven interiors are produced in Strasbourg, France, in a specialized plant and shipped to the factory. With 24 colors available, and the ability to create almost any custom color of your choice, the possibilities are endless and workers always busy!
Each range is carefully crafted by one individual worker and tested before it leaves the factory. This guarantees that all ranges receive the same undivided level of attention and can be customized to your personal preference. Choose your color, finishes, hob layout and oven configuration and your very own range will be built to your exact specifications.
Lacanche is also one of only a handful of companies in France certified to test their own gas ranges, a fact that we are very proud of!
When complete, each Lacanche range is a testament to the tradition, spirit and intimacy started by the original founder. As a Lacanche owner, we are proud to welcome you in our family!
Born and raised in France, Floriane and Patrick moved to Canada to pursue their careers in Alberta. While Floriane completed her Doctorate in Neuroscience, Patrick worked as a Civil Engineer. During this time, they never forgot their heritage and passion for great food, wine and French culinary tradition. As early as 2009, they both felt that it would be important to share this passion, and the possibility of representing Lacanche in Canada quickly became the logical choice.
In fact, the connection between Patrick and Lacanche dates back from a long, long time ago... His family has lived in the village for generations. In the early 1920's his great-grandfather, Camille, was a worker at the Coste foundry, that would later become the Lacanche factory as we know it today. Later on, his grandfather Louis also joined the factory and was in charge of the enamel-coating process.
In the late 1960's, his father Jean-Claude started his career in accounting in Lacanche. For a short time, three generations of Patrick's family worked at the factory at the same time, along with many cousins, uncles and friends. Patrick grew up minutes away from the factory, and his childhood was filled with stories about the "good old days" that he would be happy to share with you! Today, much of Patrick's family still works at the factory in Lacanche designing and building ranges, along with many of his friends and old soccer mates.
Patrick and Floriane, moved by their desire to carry a long-lasting family tradition, left their respective fields to create The French Barn. Today, they invite you to get in touch and share a piece of France with them !