Are saute and chef’s pans one and the same? They both have sloped sides and depth that make stirring easy. These make them suitable for stews, braised dishes and sauteed vegetables. Their lids also let you use them for simmering or boiling. What makes them unique is their handle. A saute pan typically has one main handle for effortless tossing. A chef’s pan, on the other hand, has two side handles. This makes the pan easier to “handle” when you’re cooking in volume.