Nowadays, stove tops are either made of glass or ceramic (at least for stainless appliances). How does one remove burned-on food?
Well, we can’t just use any ordinary cleaner as it can damage the surface. I do own a GE stainless range with a ceramic cooktop and the past five years, I found that Cerama Bryte for ceramic cooktops works well for me. I normally just let the surface cool, then wipe up the spill using a sponge. If it’s sticky , I apply a little amount of mild detergent with a sponge and wipe off excess. I then follow it up with Cerama Bryte once it’s dry, normally the following day.
For glass cooktops, it pretty much work the same way, except of course that the cleaner must be a cleaner specifically made for glass tops.
Any left-over gunk should be scraped gently with a scraper: Cerama Bryte scraper is what I use on mine, and any glass scraper will do for glass tops.