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  • Chef jacket colours—what to choose and why

    Chef jacket colours—what to choose and why

    5 August 2019

    Are all chef’s jackets white or do they come in other colours? Ask most people to envisage a chef, and the famous white jacket, trousers and hat (known as a toque) will likely spring to mind. White has been the traditional chef’s colour since the 19th ......Read More

  • White chef’s jackets—how to find the ideal jacket for you

    White chef’s jackets—how to find the ideal jacket for you

    4 July 2019

    Read on to learn more about: typical features to look for in chef’s clothing our range of long-sleeved and short-sleeved white chef’s jackets options for staying cool in the kitchen our favourite brands Chef’s jacket specifications—what are your options? Feature Options to look for Collars High collar Mandarin collar Collar with apron-holder tab system Sleeves Long sleeves Short sleeves Raglan ......Read More

  • Personalised chef’s jackets—how to do it with embroidery

    Personalised chef’s jackets—how to do it with embroidery

    3 July 2019

    For many years, chefs have been wearing personalised chef jackets as a way of demonstrating their individuality, building their branding and conveying a strong, professional style and image. On this page, we look particularly at embroidery—how it’s done, what you can have embroidered, and what this ......Read More

  • Best serving dishes—by material, shape and type of food

    Best serving dishes—by material, shape and type of food

    4 June 2019

    In this guide, we help you identify the perfect serving dishes for your restaurant, hotel or catering business. Quick links: Advice when buying serving dishes Serving dishes—your choice of materials Choosing serving dishes By material By shape By food Advice when buying serving dishes There are several things to bear in mind when choosing ......Read More

  • What to consider when choosing bowls and cups for your restaurant or hotel

    What to consider when choosing bowls and cups for your restaurant or hotel

    2 April 2019

    In this guide, we help you choose the ideal bowls, cups and associated tableware for your restaurant, hotel or catering business. Quick links:  Advice when buying bowls, cups and related tableware What tableware can be made of Choosing bowls By material By shape By food Choosing cups, mugs and jugs Cups Mugs Teapots, coffee pots and ......Read More

  • How to choose the perfect plates for your restaurant

    How to choose the perfect plates for your restaurant

    12 February 2019

    In this guide, we help you choose the best kind of plates for your dining establishment. Quick links: What to consider when buying plates Materials used to make plates Search for plates: By material Porcelain Fine china Enamel Melamine Slate By shape Round Coupe Square Rectangular Ellipse/oval Triangular By size Starter plates (16cm–20cm) Main course plates (27cm–36cm) Dessert plates (20cm–26cm) Side plates (15cm–18cm) What to consider when buying ......Read More

  • Paring knives—uses, top brands, best quality, sizes, knife sets

    Paring knives—uses, top brands, best quality, sizes, knife sets

    25 January 2019

    In this guide, we: explain the purpose of paring knives, and how they are used help you to choose a knife based on brand, value, quality or size of blade Quick links: What paring knives are used for How to use a paring knife Paring knives—our favourite brands Paring knives—best for quality Paring ......Read More

  • Global kitchen knives—types, how to choose, sharpening, FAQs

    Global kitchen knives—types, how to choose, sharpening, FAQs

    24 January 2019

    In this guide, we: look at the different types of Global kitchen knives available tell you how to choose the right one for your purposes answer some common questions about Global knives Quick links: What types of kitchen knives does Global make? Which Global knife should I buy? How should I sharpen ......Read More

  • Victorinox kitchen knives—types, benefits, how to choose & FAQs

    Victorinox kitchen knives—types, benefits, how to choose & FAQs

    3 December 2018

    In this guide, we: look at the different types of Victorinox kitchen knives available tell you how to choose the right one for your purposes answer some common questions about Victorinox knives Quick links: Why buy Victorinox kitchen knives over other brands? What types of kitchen knives does Victorinox make? How do ......Read More

  • Black chef’s jackets—long-sleeved, short-sleeved, premium fabric & more

    Black chef’s jackets—long-sleeved, short-sleeved, premium fabric & more

    29 November 2018

    Not all chef’s jackets need to be white! Read on to discover more about: what features to look for when buying a chef’s jacket our range of long-sleeved and short-sleeved black chef’s jackets our best-selling black jackets why Le Chef is one of our favourite brands Chef’s jackets—what to look ......Read More

  • The best chef’s jackets—best brands, top 10 and how to choose the right one

    The best chef’s jackets—best brands, top 10 and how to choose the right one

    29 November 2018

    Finding your ideal chef’s jacket means considering your role in the kitchen and what you need from your garment. In this guide, we talk you through: your options when it comes to material, fastenings, sleeve lengths, ventilation some of the best brands, and how to choose between them our ......Read More

  • Hospitality Workwear for Students

    Hospitality Workwear for Students

    21 August 2018

    Here at Russums, we’re very proud of the fact that we have been supplying high quality, value for money hospitality workwear to students and professional chefs alike for over fifty years. During the last half century, we have also taken great delight in supporting competitions that ......Read More

  • Rental vs Purchase Comparison

    Rental vs Purchase Comparison

    9 August 2018

    Did you know? Following on from our last blog post about making a great impression, did you know that for the equivalent cost of renting your hospitality workwear* for a year, you could BUY the following from Russums; 23 pairs of workwear chinos or jeans or 27 ......Read More

  • First Impressions Count

    First Impressions Count

    2 August 2018

    First impressions count - making a difference with workwear that gets noticed When you consider that your front of house team may be the first personal (as opposed to digital) experience that a prospective diner may have with your restaurant, making sure that they look the ......Read More

  • Partnership with Samuel Staniforth Ltd

    Partnership with Samuel Staniforth Ltd

    20 July 2018

    Half century partnership keeps our family firms looking sharp A partnership between us and another family-owned business has reached a significant milestone as we celebrate 50 years of doing business together. Our association with Sheffield knifemaker Samuel Staniforth Ltd stretches back to 1968 when we first asked ......Read More

  • Shaws Fish and Chips of Dodworth

    Shaws Fish and Chips of Dodworth

    3 July 2018

    Yorkshire family businesses work together on smart new look for staff As a sixth generation family business, we love it when we’re approached by fellow family businesses for professional workwear for their teams. We were recently approached by Mike Shaw from Shaws Fish and Chips of Dodworth ......Read More

  • Health and Social Care

    Health and Social Care

    26 June 2018

    We have launched a new range of clothing for the Health and Social Care students We’re delighted to announce that we have expanded our range of professional workwear with a bespoke range for Health and Social Care students. The range of specialist clothing includes aprons, tunics and ......Read More

  • 30 Years of Supplying York College

    30 Years of Supplying York College

    13 June 2018

    We’re celebrating thirty years of supply to York College We’re very proud to share that we have been supplying catering and hospitality students and tutors at York College with uniform, equipment, knives and cookery books for over 30 years! Of the association, Russums’ Education Sales ......Read More

  • Passion to Inspire

    Passion to Inspire

    6 June 2018

    We’re proud to support the Passion to Inspire competition for the ninth time Although we have been supplying clothing and equipment to the hospitality and catering industry for over 50 years, we never cease to be amazed by the passion with which the next generation of ......Read More

  • Russums Win the Gilbert Lefevre Cup

    Russums Win the Gilbert Lefevre Cup

    6 June 2018

    We’re delighted to have been awarded the Gilbert Lefèvre Cup Here at Russums, we are celebrating after being awarded the Gilbert Lefèvre Cup at a gourmet dinner hosted by the Association Culinaire Française North West (ACF NW) recently. Our delighted Director Sally Russum attended the six course ......Read More

  • Hand made in Yorkshire

    Hand made in Yorkshire

    8 May 2018

    We’re flying the flag for Yorkshire with our new Handmade in Yorkshire range We’re thrilled to announce that we have launched a ‘Handmade in Yorkshire’ brand to highlight workwear that is produced in our specialist sewing rooms at our Rotherham base. The special ‘Handmade in Yorkshire’ tags ......Read More

  • Springboard’s Future Chef 2018

    Springboard’s Future Chef 2018

    19 April 2018

    We’re really proud of all of the relationships that we have built up with our customers, but perhaps the most memorable group of people are the professional chefs who have been with us for years and have fond memories of buying their first knives from ......Read More

  • We've been awarded the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award

    We've been awarded the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award

    26 March 2018

    We’ve been awarded the Feefo gold trusted service award for the fourth consecutive year We’re delighted to report that we have won the prestigious Feefo Gold Service award for the fourth consecutive year. Designed to recognise and reward businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, the Feefo Gold Service ......Read More

  • Kai Wasabi Black Knives

    Kai Wasabi Black Knives

    21 February 2018

    We’ve increased our range of performance chefs’ knives with the launch of the Kai Wasabi Black series We’re pleased to report that we have consolidated our position as a key supplier of specialist chefs’ knives with the launch of the Kai Wasabi Black range. Made in Japan ......Read More

  • Hotelympia product launch!

    Hotelympia product launch!

    6 February 2018

    We lead the way with extensive new range of hospitality wear for 2018 We’re looking forward to showcasing our extensive new range of hospitality wear when we head to London for the Foodservice Show at Hotelympia on 5th March. In response to feedback from customers following ......Read More

  • Preventing knife damage – 23 expert tips

    Preventing knife damage – 23 expert tips

    18 January 2018

    A good knife can be a chef’s best friend; however, a blunt, poorly maintained knife can very quickly turn a pleasurable job into a chore. No matter how expensive or well-recommended a knife may be, unless it is cared for properly it is unlikely to ......Read More

  • Russums recent recruits

    Russums recent recruits

    19 December 2017

    We’re delighted to welcome Lewis and Beth to our team   We’re pleased to announce that we have appointed two graduates to our growing team.   Former seasonal Lewis Russell and Beth Glenn have been appointed to the new positions of Commercial Development Co-ordinators with separate specialisms across our ......Read More

  • Japanese vs German knives

    Japanese vs German knives

    14 December 2017

    Japan and Germany are thought of as two of the most important centres of the world’s kitchen knife industry, with Solingen in Germany and Seki in Japan at the heart of knife production in those countries. Both countries produce highly sought-after knives for professional kitchens ......Read More

  • Why do kitchen knives vary in cost?

    Why do kitchen knives vary in cost?

    29 November 2017

    The cost of kitchen knives can vary considerably, ranging from as little as £6 for a basic chef’s knife to over £1,000 for traditional Japanese blades crafted by a master forger. A realistic price range for knives used by the majority of professional chefs is closer ......Read More

  • Our annual bake off raises £260 for Children in Need

    Our annual bake off raises £260 for Children in Need

    21 November 2017

    Our annual bake off raises £260 for Children in Need   Staff from all departments got involved with the annual Russums bake-off by baking, judging or buying the baked goods to raise a total of £260 for the national charity that supports disadvantaged children and young people ......Read More

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