The short story is that my father has been cooking his whole life and loves it, is currently making some huge life changes for the better, and I want to get him some good cookware he deserves.
He's always wanted to open his own restaurant and loves cooking good food for good people. Any chance he has to cook for someone he jumps at it. He refuses to treat himself to anything unless he's treated everyone else first, and doesn't get enough praise. Drugs and alcohol were a big part of his life but he quit drugs when I was a young teen and is currently getting help with his alcohol issues.
No one is perfect, but my father is one hell of a guy and I'm proud to be his son for all he's done for me and my family. For tackling this huge obstacle I want to get him some new cast iron cookware (he's never had ANY cast iron cookware for the house, only at work) so that he can put those crappy old frying pans to rest and not worry about having to tighten a handle every time he uses a pan.
I know absolutely nothing about cookware and need help finding the right stuff for him. I don't have thousands to spend on a high end set, but if I can get him a few essential pieces of good quality to start then I can work with him to finish the set. Thanks in advance to anyone with tips/recommendations!