As others mentioned, it is all about the eventI don't get the excitement about the Raclette grill. If I understand it correctly, it's just a broiler at the dinner table. The same thing can be accomplished using the broiler built into the kitchen oven. The only difference is that the handle doesn't get hot when using the Raclette grill. A silicon mitten solves that problem. Someone could invent a silicon sleeve (it has probably already been done) to slip over the handle when transferring the skillet from the kitchen broiler/oven to the table to protect diners while eating directly out of the skillet.
- everyone cooks for his own
- what he wants (you can offer different kinds of cheese, like smoked, with pepper, garlic, herbs...)
- you can eat slowly or fast, make a pause
- flavour to your choice before cooking or after
- put slices of shrooms or bacon in instead or with cheese...
Social eating that can take hours. Traditionally accompanied by tea, white wine and spirits.