There are times when you being an amateur is just fine. And then there are those occasions when you just need to go with the professional model—kitchen knives, for example, where amateur = useless. Having tried them, we heartily recommend these professional stainless steel Gourmet Sets from Victorinox (yes, the Swiss Army knife people), which are used every day in top kitchens around the world.
What chefs love about these knives is how they retain their sharpness, even in the punishing conditions of a professional kitchen. When he was first starting out, Daniel Humm, now the executive chef at Eleven Madison Park (which, FYI, The New York Times dubbed a member of the “elite club of truly extraordinary restaurants”), used to watch chefs sharpen their knives every day. What a waste of time, he thought. His Victorinox knives could take six months of solid use without needing to be sharpened.
Chalk that up to Victorinox’s long experience in the field. The storied Swiss company is more than 125 years old and is known for the ingenious design and outstanding durability of its products. Our Swiss Army knife, for example, has been around since college and we still use it all the time.
We’re offering these handsome Gourmet Sets in two sizes: a 14-piece one that includes a spatula, a bread knife, a large chef’s knife, a small chef’s knife, a melon baller, a lemon zester, a potato peeler, a boning knife, a honing steel, a paring knife, a chef’s fork and a carving knife. The larger 24-piece set includes all of the above and a butcher knife, a carving fork, an oyster knife, an apple corer, a flexible fillet knife, a kullenschliff slicer, larding and tying needles, 10 assorted icing funnels, a forged decorating knife and stainless steel sheers. Both sizes come in an aluminum attaché case and are available with either rosewood or fibrox handles.
More affordable than a Wolf range or a Sub-Zero refrigerator and far more useful, these Gourmet Sets are an asset to any kitchen.