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  • Damascus knife guide

    Damascus knife guide

    3 November 2017

    Modern Damascus steel can be recognised by the beautiful pattern found on the surface of the blade. These sought-after knives also have a reputation for being incredibly strong and sharp. The following page will answer some of the most commonly asked questions around Damascus steel kitchen ......Read More

  • Best kitchen knives

    Best kitchen knives

    19 October 2017

    The following guide highlights some of the best knives currently on the market. On this page, we look at why the chosen knives perform well and what makes them so popular among professional chefs. Wusthof Classic Cook’s Knife 16cm Shun Classic Scalloped Santoku Knife 18cm Henckels Professional S ......Read More

  • Top Chefs Share Their Best Knife Tips

    Top Chefs Share Their Best Knife Tips

    8 September 2017

    Take five top chefs, a pot of Michelin stars and the freshest, finest produce from across the globe. In other words, the perfect ingredients for a truly mind blowing culinary masterpiece. Well, almost. Because when it comes to bringing that all important ‘je ne sais ......Read More

  • Wusthof knives FAQs

    Wusthof knives FAQs

    5 September 2017

    Click on the links below to jump to the relevant questions: Are Wusthof knives good? How do you sharpen Wusthof classic knives? Which Wusthof knives are the best? How much is a set of Wusthof knives? Are Wusthof knives good? Wusthof knives are one well known for their high quality and ......Read More

  • Shun knives FAQs

    Shun knives FAQs

    5 September 2017

    How do you sharpen Shun knives? The manufacturer of the Shun knife range — Kai — suggests sharpening Shun knives in one of three ways: Using a whet stone With a table top sharpener that accommodates the 16% bevel found on most Shun blades Sending the knife away to ......Read More

  • What makes a Russums Apron Superior?

    What makes a Russums Apron Superior?

    14 August 2017

    As a business undergraduate at on a work placement at Russums, I wanted to find out what makes certain products successful. Price? Quality? Value for money? Probably a mixture of all of the above. I noticed that the wide range of aprons available sold excellently. I ......Read More

  • Global knives

    Global knives

    9 August 2017

    Click on the following links to jump to the relevant questions: Are Global knives dishwasher safe? How much are Global knives? How do you clean Global knives? How do you sharpen Global knives? How do you sharpen Global knives? Where to get Global knives sharpened? Where are Global knives made? Are Global knives ......Read More

  • Pastry knives

    Pastry knives

    24 July 2017

    Click the following links to jump to the relevant sections: What makes a pastry knife distinct Similar knives and their differences Pastry knife brands Pastry knives in sets Best pastry knives This highly versatile knife is very popular among chefs. In fact, the pastry knife is cited by many chefs as ......Read More

  • Starting a new restaurant: chefs’ tips on essential kitchen equipment

    Starting a new restaurant: chefs’ tips on essential kitchen equipment

    7 June 2017

    Setting up a new restaurant business is both an exciting and daunting experience for anyone, whether you’re an experienced chef director with venues under your belt or a fledgling restauranteur eager to see your ideas crystalize into reality. One of the first things any chef building ......Read More

  • Jöro: Experimental Nordic cuisine makes a splash in Sheffield

    Jöro: Experimental Nordic cuisine makes a splash in Sheffield

    10 March 2017

    With Sheffield’s abundance of green spaces and its proximity to the peaks, you may wonder why a restaurant hasn’t opened up sooner that prides itself on foraging from around the city, despite the area’s grimy industrial heritage. Well now one has. Jöro is a partnership between Luke ......Read More

  • How to sharpen your kitchen knife

    How to sharpen your kitchen knife

    1 February 2017

    There are 3 main tools that chefs can use to sharpen their non-serrated kitchen knives. Click on the links below to find instructions on how to use them: Steel Whetstone Tabletop sharpener Steel   Product Price Individual Henckels Sharpening Steel 23cm £13.31 *   Henckels Sharpening Steel 26cm £18.64     Wusthof Sharpening Steel 26cm £24.96   Wusthof Sharpening Steel 32cm £30.08   Global ......Read More

  • Running restaurants in the North — Advice from those who do it well

    Running restaurants in the North — Advice from those who do it well

    13 January 2017

    The north of England has long been home to some of the country’s top eating establishments. Two of the UK’s two-Michelin starred restaurants can currently be found in the northern counties, as well as Sat Bains’s eponymously titled venue just down the road in nearby Nottinghamshire. But ......Read More

  • Guide to Sushi and Sashimi Knives

    Guide to Sushi and Sashimi Knives

    23 September 2016

    Japanese sushi and sashimi knives are designed to be incredibly sharp, making them the perfect knife for producing thin, delicate slices through fish, or clean deliberate cuts through sushi roll. Key differences between sushi and sashimi: Sushi – sushi knives are sharp enough to glide through soft ......Read More

  • Know Your Carving Knife History

    Know Your Carving Knife History

    23 September 2016

    Steel, Swordplay and Status: How Knives Came from the Battlefield to Our Kitchens Over the course of their working lives, professional chefs become intimately familiar with the knives in their kitchen, developing an understanding of their individual weight, balance, flexibility and effectiveness. However, many will not be ......Read More

  • Book Competition

    Book Competition

    8 August 2016

    Be in with a chance of winning everything you need to complete your chalk designs with professional chalks and an inspiring book!the brilliant 'Complete Book of Chalk Lettering' by Valerie McKeehan will enable you to learn how to become an expert in creating and developing ......Read More

  • 10 Most Common Chef Knife Care Mistakes and How to Stop Making Them

    10 Most Common Chef Knife Care Mistakes and How to Stop Making Them

    29 June 2016

    Click on the following links to jump to the relevant sections: Using steel, ceramic or stone chopping boards Using the wrong knife for the wrong task Soaking the knife in the sink or washing it with other utensils Using the dishwasher Storing them in a drawer Not honing regularly enough Over sharpening Leaving ......Read More

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Granton Edge Blades

    Frequently Asked Questions About Granton Edge Blades

    27 June 2016

    Scalloped edges (also known as fluted or hollow edges) are a common feature on many kitchen knife blades; however, true Granton Edge knives are only manufactured by Granton Knifemakers in Sheffield. We answer some frequently asked questions about this unique blade below. Click on a link ......Read More

  • Guide to Carving and Slicing Knives

    Guide to Carving and Slicing Knives

    17 June 2016

    Click on the following links to jump to the relevant sections: Carving and slicing knives facts box Price guide Best carving and slicing knives Sets How to perfectly carve a roast Carving and slicing knives FAQs Do I need a carving knife? What is the best knife for carving meat? How do you sharpen ......Read More

  • Santoku Knives vs Chefs Knives

    Santoku Knives vs Chefs Knives

    17 June 2016

    Which is the best choice for your food prep? Santoku knives and chef’s knives are the ‘go-to’ knives for many professional chefs as they are versatile enough to perform a range of tasks in the kitchen. Technically Santoku knives are a type of chef’s knife but ......Read More

  • Filleting Knife Guide

    Filleting Knife Guide

    15 June 2016

    Click on the links below to jump to the relevant sections: Handles Price Guides Sets Expert Tips How to sharpen a filleting knife Filleting facts Fish Availability A filleting knife is needed to perform three tasks with fish: Filleting Skinning De-boning The blade needs to be thin and flexible enough to easily separate meat from the bone ......Read More

  • Paring Knife Guide

    Paring Knife Guide

    15 June 2016

    Paring knives get a lot of use in the kitchen and are many chefs ‘go to’ choice for precision tasks as varied as coring fruit to skinning mushrooms. Quality blades can also be used for filleting fish and trimming fat off meat, making this versatile ......Read More

  • Boning Knife Guide

    Boning Knife Guide

    9 June 2016

    Best boning knives How to choose a boning knife Stiff V Flexible blades Can you use a boning knife for filleting? How to clean a boning knife Boning knife price guides Sets including boning knives Top Tips for Nose-to-Tail Cooking Boning knives have long, thin, flexible blades with a sharp tip to make ......Read More

  • Top Tips and Advice from 3 Of Britain's Best Chefs

    Top Tips and Advice from 3 Of Britain's Best Chefs

    20 May 2016

    Life as a chef can be difficult, and the best way to progress is to take the advice from those who have been there before. So who better to provide that advice than three of the best chefs in Britain, each giving you great advice ......Read More

  • FutureChef 2015

    FutureChef 2015

    22 September 2014

    FutureChefWhat is Springboard's FutureChef? Springboard’s FutureChef is an exciting interactive programme of resources matched directly to the food-related curriculum in the UK. FutureChef provides pupils aged 12-16 years with access to, and direct support from, chefs & other hospitality professionals, bringing the industry alive in the ......Read More

  • Skills for Chefs 2014 - A Passion to Inspire

    Skills for Chefs 2014 - A Passion to Inspire

    20 March 2014

    Attention all Lecturers!!!There is still time to enter The Skills for Chefs Young Restaurant Team of the Year 2014Closing date is the 2nd April 2014 http://skillsforchefs.org.uk/competition/4551599061 - be Inspired !!! ( Please note Travel dates for the main Prize ) ......Read More

  • 2014 Fish and Chip Awards

    2014 Fish and Chip Awards

    10 February 2014

    The 2014 National Fish and Chip Awards were held in The Lancaster Hotel and hosted by Jean-Christophe Novelli on the 22nd Jan. Congratulations to all the winners! See some pics above. Check out all the winners on the website http://www.fishandchipawards.com/   ......Read More

  • Do you work in Education?

    Do you work in Education?

    6 February 2014

    Please see the survey below collecting information for the PACE conference.Please take a few minutes to give your views on such an important topic. We're looking at the nation's health challenges and the role catering education has to play in combating them. We want to ......Read More

  • What Tool Could You Not Go Without In The Kitchen?

    What Tool Could You Not Go Without In The Kitchen?

    12 August 2013

    When it comes to working in a professional kitchen, there is sure to be plenty of equipment and machines dotted around to help with everyday tasks. From the humble wooden spoon to the mighty oven, all kitchen equipment, big or small are essential to helping ......Read More

  • So, You Need New Workwear?

    So, You Need New Workwear?

    12 June 2013

    Your jacket is looking a little old, your shoes aren’t up to scratch and your hat has had its day, you feel it is about time you purchased some new clothing for work. Well for any chef, the uniform is an important part of the ......Read More

  • Catering Clothing  Why Is It Needed?

    Catering Clothing Why Is It Needed?

    12 April 2013

    Cookery and working in a kitchen requires many things. The right skills, appropriate equipment, a good knowledge of food and the correct clothing. Like any other job, working as a chef requires you to wear a uniform, not only for workwear purposes but also safety ......Read More

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