I am wondering if you know the origins of the name, "400 Pan" that is used for a full sized Hotel Pan. Do you know?
Thank you for your time,
Actually, "400" refers to the depth, not the size. 200, 400 and 600 are 2 inch, 4 inch and 6 inch deep.
The numbers 200, 400, and 600 come from original manufacturers stock number suffixes used to designate the depth.
The overall sizes are Full, Half, Third, Sixth and Ninth (a "Third Pan" is 1/3 of a Full Pan - 3 of them fit in a standard "Full Size" steam table insert, etc).
So a Full #400 pan is about 12x20 and 4 inches deep and a Half #400 pan is about 12x10 and 4 inches deep.
"The duty of a good Cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced." Fernand Point, 1941
Hotel Pans are rectangular stainless steel pans used to cook, store and serve food, and are designed to fit in steam tables, racks and chafers.
The standard Full Size Hotel Pan is about 12x20 inches with a depth of 2 inches, 4 inches or 6 inches.
Another variation has perforated sides and bottoms used for steaming foods.