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Cooking Without Gas

*WARNING: THIS VIDEO WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY

When it comes to healthy food that tastes outrageously good, Chef Martin Oswald is your guy. As the executive chef at Pyramid Bistro in Aspen and Mix 6 in Snowmass Village, his creativity in the kitchen is well-known. What’s not as well-known is that Chef Martin does it all without fossil fuels.  His kitchens, at home and at his restaurants, are all-electric. Chef Martin joined us at Ben Koon’s net-zero home to do a cooking demo on an induction stove just like the ones he uses every day.

The Path to Zero is all about electrification and that means electrifying everything…even your stove. Induction cooktops use magnets to conduct electricity directly into the pan without any waste making it the quickest and most efficient way of cooking without fossil fuels. We want to make this an easy switch for residents, so CORE now rebates induction stoves, funding 25% of project costs up to $500.

“What’s so nice about induction stoves is the heat gets transferred right away. There’s a magnet in there that heats it up really fast. It lets me boil my water within 5 minutes.” – Chef Martin, Pyramid Bistro & Mix 6

Watch Chef Martin’s cooking demonstration on an induction stove, and learn more about why you should switch from gas to electric.


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Written by: Mac Scott

Mac grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where energy, water and the environment were frequently the topic of dinner table conversations. His understanding of energy and the environment were put to the test at an early age in the unforgiving arena of elementary school debate club. From the first time writing a speech on renewable energy, Mac has recognized the importance of environmental issues and formed a belief that education is the first step toward having a meaningful impact. Volunteering on local political campaigns led to studying Strategic Communications and Political Science, earning B.S. degrees in both from the University of Utah. After graduation, he spent the next eight years working to promote energy literacy among kindergarten through 12th grade students. Mac is thrilled to bring his passion for energy efficiency and community engagement to his role with CORE. Mac enjoys taking part in all of the incredible outdoor opportunities the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer. Backpacking, hiking, skiing, disc golf and playing soccer are just a few of the ways he might to spend a nice day. On the not so nice days, you will find him listening to new music and working on his latest knitting project.

CORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to leading the Roaring Fork Valley to a carbon-free, net zero energy future. Under the guidance of a Board of Directors–made up of elected officials, utility representatives, and committed citizens–CORE helps people, businesses, municipalities, facilities and nonprofit organizations save natural resources and lower energy bills while reducing their carbon footprint.