Be it a professional chef or the master chef of the house, everyone wants a stylish kitchen with a fine cooking range, a beautiful island, sleek steel utensils, and a kitchen knife that makes ones job easy! Not all hands are the same nor are the knives.
“First, knife skills. Then, knowing how to control heat. Most important is choosing the right product… the rest is simple.” – Chef Justin Quek
Each hand finds comfort in a particular knife, to be more precise its handle. The Victorinox 8-inch Chef’s Knife is rated by Cook’s illustrated as a good pick for comfort chopping of veggies and meat all day long. A professional Chef is busy throughout the day, and can’t keep jumping between scissors and knives, and so they need a high-quality knife.
“I probably use my chef’s knives more than any other tool in the kitchen. I’m not married to a particular brand, because they all work, they all have sharp blades” —Bobby Flay
Choose your perfect kitchen knife:
- Chef’s Knife: the all rounder- chopping, slicing, mincing, dicing and etc.
- Paring Knife: Miss Versatile! Used for creative work- peeling, garnish and carving.
- Utility Knife: somewhere between the Chef’s and Paring knives.
- Boning Knife: Mr. Bendable – flexible and angular blade for separating meat from bones. (similar type used for fishes-Filleting Knife)
- Bread Knife: the name says it, fine slicing of bread.
- Cleaver Knife: The knife that actually looks like an axe is used for chopping meat. A similar type is the Chinese Cleaver Knife used also for veggies. The large blade area makes it easy to chop and shift to the utensil.
Have you heard about the irony of a sharp knife? It doesn’t cut!!! The deal is that a sharp knife needs less force to chop and hence gives even butter fingers a good grip than the dull knife. And also sharp blades are delicate darlings and need the right chopping board, wooden or high grade plastic, to do their work. That reminds us of the life saver invention by John Cornock, “the pointless knife”, that is round at the edge saving one from the occasional falls as we all know, “a falling knife has no handle”. Knives and cuts are a common thing, but sometimes we get foolish when we tend to check the sharpness of the blade by running our finger along its edge, bad idea! Usually a ceramic blade is a fine chopper, or you can try the famous paper test, or slice a tomato to know if honing is needed.
Chinese Chopper Knife:
Chef Benson Tong, Singapore submarine engineer turned chef, makes an interesting point: “If you are a Chinese chef, you won’t have this pain, because a chinese chopper does it all”. Chef Benson says: “It comes in four sizes:
Size 1 is for heavy duty, like cutting uncooked bone.
Size 2 is for chopping cooked bone, like boiled chicken or roasted duck.
Size 3 is the most versatile. You can use it for cutting, slicing, dicing, smushing.
Size 4 is mostly for delicate slicing.
All chinese choppers are made tapped, they are thiner at the tip and thicker at the back, so you use the tip for slicing and dicing, and the heavy duty job goes further down the knife.
“The beauty of a chinese chopper is in its weight, it is very heavy. So you can leverage its weight and don’t need to apply much strength” -says, personal Chef Benson Tong.
Some people believe gifting a knife will break the relationship you have with the person. If you want to believe it, they have a remedy too. The curse is lifted when the receiver gives back a penny. ”Stir with a knife, stir up strife”, is another where people consider it unlucky to stir liquids with a knife”.
“A kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen”
Famous chefs and their favorite kitchen knives:
Wusthof knife– Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, and James Martin have all used these fine blades.
The Furi Gusto Grip knives collection is a Rachael Ray specification.
Forschner Fibrox by Victorinox is one of the most widely used kitchen knives.
Kyocera Ceramic Knife is used by Ming Tsai, and also Oprah’s favourite!
Peter Lorimer Knives are rated as the best Peter Gordon as ever used.
Morimoto Edition Knives are the Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s favourite.
As Chef Masaharu Morimoto said “A kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen”, so get some proper sharp babes into your kitchen, invest a little and enjoy the art of cooking.