READING, Pa., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Can even the best kitchen range survive 3,600 hours of cooking time, 1,200 meals from pasta to Porterhouse, and 18,000 enthusiastic chefs in one single year – and still maintain its top performance and rugged good looks? It could if it was BlueStar™, the preferred cooking equipment for the home. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120808/PH53891 ) BlueStar recently celebrated its one-year anniversary as the exclusive provider of stoves, cooktops and wall ovens for The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE®) recreational kitchen classrooms. These BlueStar appliances have seen more gastronomic action in 12 months than most appliances experience in a lifetime. ICE is New York City's largest, most active center for culinary education and uses a variety of kitchen appliances multiple times a day. This vigorous daily testing is a testament to the quality engineering and superior performance of BlueStar. Handcrafted in Reading, PA since 1880 to the highest standards, BlueStar pro appliances bring proven, unmatched cooking performance into the home. "We have used several other well-known appliance brands over the years in our recreational kitchens, but none has performed with the intensity and at the level of these BlueStar ranges, cooktops and wall ovens," said ICE Director of Education Richard Simpson. "The quality and durability of the BlueStar line is ideal for our fast-paced setting and the products really stand-up to intense usage." Power, Performance & Distinction for the Home Chef BlueStar cooking products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens. Built with the highest-quality materials and the distinctive workmanship that comes from 130 years of expertise, BlueStar offers a fully customizable line to suit the specific needs of the home chef. The BlueStar trademark UltraNova® burner produces 22,000 BTUs of cooking power, resulting in shorter cooking times and an even simmer. Its full motion grates make it easy to maneuver pots and pans between burners. The open burners provide better heat distribution for even cooking, and an infrared broiler produces 1850 degrees of intense, searing heat. BlueStar ranges offer the industry's largest oven capacity and can accommodate a full size commercial 18"x 26" sheet pan. Its heavy duty, durable design offers sturdy, all stainless steel construction.