One knife that is indispensable and found in nearly any commercial kitchen is the chef’s knife. Also referred to as a cook’s knife, these kitchen workhorses can be used to perform pretty much any type of cutting or slicing task. Chef’s knives usually have six to twelve inch long blades, and the blade shape illustrates the knife’s versatility. The blade widens the closer you get to the handle. The wide portion offers more leverage and is ideal for cutting or chopping through large pieces of meat or tough food items. The center section is used most often to cut and slice a variety of foods. The blade continues to taper forming and curve upwards slightly to the pointed tip. The tip of the knife is used to create garnishes or slice small, soft foods like mushrooms and garlic.
When choosing from our selection of fine professional chef knives, make sure you consider the type of blade, each metal has different properties and each will give you a different cut, for the most durable knife choose high carbon stainless steel. If you are looking for an exceptional knife that is built to last a lifetime, choose one that is forged, with a full tang, a full tang means that the blade runs the length of the knife through the handle, this property balances a good chef knife making it much safer for the operator.
How to Use a Sharpening Stone
Eventually, a knife blade will become folded over and require reshaping with a sharpening stone. Learn the proper steps and technique for reshaping your cutlery with a sharpening stone.
How to Use a Sharpening Steel
Sharpening steels are designed to hone a blade’s edge before use. Learn how to hold and use a sharpening steel to keep your knives razor sharp.
Hiring the Right Chef for Your Restaurant
Most upscale or fine-dining establishments will have an executive chef to run every aspect of their commercial kitchen. In addition to the standard employee qualifications, you will want to make sure your chef shares your business philosophy and has the background and skill that you are looking for.