Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a 'Tepandine'?

Tepandine is the innovative teppanyaki grill line designed and manufactured by CDS-Design/Germany. All products are based on the patented invention of a compact electrical cooktop, which uses the physical reaction of specially formed and pressed stainless steel to electrical heat.

The high-tech heating element causes a temporary thermal expansion of the steel down towards the hear source, thus forming a slightly shallow cooking pit.

Tepandine grills are safe to operate, fast, easy and convenient, manufactured for carefree daily use.

1. How long does it take to warm up?

To reach the basic warm up temperature (dial setting 3) it needs roughly 1- 2 minutes to warm up.

2. How long does it take to reach the set cooking temperature?

It takes approximately 2.5 minutes to reach the desired cooking temperature. The length of time depends on the set cooking temperature; the higher the temperature the longer the time needed.

3. How long does it take to cool down?

After you have turned your Tepandine off, it will take approximately 25-30 minutes for the cooking centre to completely cool down. Do not directly touch the hot surface and be cautious when moving the product after use.

4. What food can I cook on my Tepandine?

Anything at all; the choice is yours! We like fresh seafood, healthy vegetables and mixed stir-fry which we find well-suited to Tepandine and quick to prepare. We often entertain at dinner parties by cooking big steaks, chicken fillets, fish, and even noodle dishes on our Tepandine. It is also great for cooking several ingredients at a time to create a whole meal. Simply prepare the first part of your meal (or the ingredient which needs the most cooking time) on the central heating area first, then when cooked through, push it to the warming area to remain heated. Then cook your next item, and so on, until everything is ready to eat and enjoy.

5. How do I clean my Tepandine?

All residues can be easily removed by pouring a little water around the surface while still warm. Use a non-scratch spatula (we think wood works best) to carefully loosen the residues; at this stage you can also use a squeeze of lemon to loosen the cooking remains. Polish your Tepandine using a soft polishing or dusting cloth to bring out the shine.

6. Which cooking tools are best to use?

We have tested most cooking tools on the market and have found that tongs, wooden spatulas, heat resistant, flexible plastic spatulas, non-scratch plastic scoop spoons work best with Tepandine products.

7. Why does the center bow down instead of up?

Tepandine products use the physical reaction of the specially formed and pressed German stainless steel to the heat which causes a thermal expansion of the steel down towards the heat source. This causes the a reaction in various areas of the Table, Portable or Built-In unit which presents a dipped or concave shape in the cooking surface

8. Will the stainless steel rust?

Tepandine products use professional food-grade German stainless steel and are very resistant to the elements. To prevent a reaction of the metal, maintain it well and clean regularly to remove all particles which can harm stainless steel over time. Never use steel pads, wire brushes or scrapers which will destroy the invisible shield against corrosion. Never use chlorine bleach or cleaners containing bleach or other acids as this will break down the stainless steel feature.

9. How can I make the cable "invisible" on the Tables?

You can order Tepandine tables with two notches, one in the upper and one in the lower part of the stand, so you can guide the cable through the inside of the stainless steel tube down to the foot. If you do not intend to move your table you can drill an opening into the foot within the stand perimeter, and direct the cable to an outlet underneath or close to the foot.

10. Can I install the table on my yacht?

Of course you can. Please see our Marine Versions page for more information as they have been specially designed for marine use.

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