Back to School!

It’s January 10th and school is finally getting back into the swing of things.  The early morning alarms, late night studying and even a few tears during exams, but school is finally back!  This blog will be dedicated for all those aspiring chef’s beginning or continuing their education in 2017.  Below The Discriminating Chef will…

What to look for when purchasing knives Part 1: Knowledge

If the carving job on your last Thanksgiving turkey was similar to a carving job done with plastic safety scissors; you may need to invest in higher quality knives. Some of my readers may be asking some questions like this: How can you tell whether a knife is high or low quality? High quality knives…

The Bend Test Part 2: What Makes CCI Steel So Tough.

It took decades of expensive research by large cutlery manufacturers to develop the right combination of alloys to produce the best grade of professional cutlery stainless steel that is used today. X50CrMoV15 is the ideal combination of high carbon stainless steel, containing the alloys, Chromium, Molybdenum and Vanadium.  It is crucial to use this very…

The Bend Test

Originally posted on Tools for The Discriminating Chef:
Have you ever wondered how two knives can look so similar but be so different in quality? The Bend Test video was made to clearly show you the different steel qualities knives can have. The two knives used for The Bend Test: Steel formula X30 Cr13 Steel…

The Science of Sushi Knives

Sushi is one of the most famous Japanese dishes outside of Japan and there is a lot of attention to detail required when preparing it. There are many steps to making a correct sushi roll, from cutting vegetables, filleting fish, and then finally cutting the sushi roll. A Sushi knife is designed to be versatile…

PART TWO: Using a Whetstone

Last week, we discussed how to choose a Whetstone and the differences in Part One: Choosing a Whetstone. We can’t stress enough that the best thing you can do to maintain peak performance of your knives is to keep them constantly sharp. An alternative sharpening method to the sharpening steel is a whetstone (sometimes referred…

The Mezzaluna Knife

The Mezzaluna knife is an easy-to-use and straightforward kitchen tool which makes your mincing and chopping jobs much more efficient. The Mezzaluna knife has a crescent blade that has vertical handles on either end. The blade can come in both single and double blade designs, with the handles most commonly made of plastic or wood….

Understanding the Rockwell Hardness Scale

There are many ways that we can measure the quality of a knife. Some of the more popular and obvious ways to determine the quality of a knife are feeling the weight and balance of the knife and knowing what material the blade is made from. A less known method of determining the quality of…

Part 2: Crafting the Perfect Knife

The Final Outcome To truly test the quality of a piece of chocolate, it is recommended to take a bite and really taste it. A chocolate confection can be very attractive to the eye yet disappoint in its taste and quality. Believe it or not, the same principle applies to knives (just without the tasting)!…

Carving, Garnishing and Decorating: Colorful Leaves

au·tumn ˈôdəm/ noun noun: autumn; plural noun: autumns the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May. “the countryside is ablaze with color in autumn” There are so many fun outdoor activities…

Professional Knife Safety Facts

WHEN HANDLING A KNIFE Cuts and lacerations are some of the most common injuries reported in restaurants. These types of injuries can be reduced by implementing some simple strategies. Keep knives sharp (dull knives are unsafe and cause fatigue) Never leave knives soaking in water Make sure your hands are dry and the surface you…