a cast iron skillet high quality cycles render eng enjoy
Ah, my grandmother and mother use to fry the best chicken in the world in well seasoned iron skillets. Although politically incorrect these days, Crisco lard is the only oil that can produce superior fried chicken. I still only use Crisco when I try (but fail) to match my grandmother's and mother's cooking.
And you can't bake better cornbread than in an iron skillet that has been preheated.
In fact, everything taste better when cooked in an iron skillet, though it is more difficult to get excellent results.
I have two suggestions. Cycles renders much slower than Blender Internal, but it also produces better and more realistic results. When you (meaning everyone) set the camera up, crop it in as close as possible so Cycles doesn't spend time rendering empty areas. Of course, if the background is important to the overall scene, then by all means, render away.
My second comment is that while a nice representation of an iron skillet, it's my personal opinion that it would be more realistic if you had included a tiled normal map representing the rough texture of an iron skillet.
Still, your model brought back many fond memories of when families gathered around the kitchen table and talked when dinner was being prepared and then adjourned to the dining room to continue our conversations and the incredibly good food prepared from the heart.
When I was a kid nearly 60 years ago, everything was prepared fresh and it was family, family, family. In many ways, those were better times. For example, locks on doors were unnecessary and parents didn't have to accompany the kids while trick or treating on Halloween to protect them.
But the advances that have been made in medicines, surgeries, and technologies have also enriched our lives as well.
There was just something about growing up in the late 1940's and the 1950's that was so unique and enjoyable. Times were slower. Families were closer. Teachers were strict and demanding. It wasn't so chaotic, and the peer pressure in those days was to learn how to dance the basic foxtrot at parties. Trust me, slow dancing is far more enjoyable. I know, it sounds boring to most, but it was a better time in most respects. Unfortunately, you can never go back.
All of this dribble from a freaking model of an iron skillet. I may be losing it. But thanks for the memories.