Hatco's Electric Salamander is specially-designed for versatility in the kitchen with the capability to cook, grill, reheat and keep foods hot. The plate detection feature activate the instant-on heating elements automatically when a food plate comes into contact with the plate detection bar. Removal of the food plate turns off the heating elements automatically, saving both energy and money. Three independently-controlled instant-on heating elements provide the benefits of on-demand cooking and energy conservation. Heating elements are on only when the cook or hold functions have been activated, eliminating residual heat. The hold function has eight programmable heat levels and is ideal for reheating and keeping foods hot.