Trying to find great gift ideas for home cooks or burgeoning chefs? Chef Todd Knoll recommends three very different–and equally useful–kitchen knives this holiday season.
When Chef Knoll suggested doing a video to talk about his favorite must-have knives, I was thrilled to learn more about knife anatomy, types, construction and uses. My favorite Christmas gift of all time is a set of MAC knives my husband bought me when I’d just begun getting serious about home cooking. Chopping instantly went from being a forced chore to a relaxation technique. I love these two knives so much, I’ve been known to bring them on vacation. And in the words of Anthony Bourdain, “I’m hungry for more.”
Overall, Chef Knoll prefers stainless steel knives to high carbon steel due to maintenance. Influenced by Asian cooking while growing up in Hawaii, he has an affinity for all things Japanese and Chinese, including knives. There are several key differences between traditional Western and Japanese knives when making a purchase, such as hardness, weight, sharpening maintenance, bolster and lifespan — generally speaking. (It comes down to personal preference.) Here’s a list of his three favorite knives:
I hope my husband or mother reads this post, because I really want a Dexter cleaver in my stocking this year.
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