Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Online Exclusive: Paring down tool kits

by Chef Educator Today staff

Proper instruction in the classroom relies not only on the instructor's ability to convey course material, but also on the quality of the knives and other tools used in the kitchen lab. Many cutlery companies offer services and resources to help you and your school pick the proper tools for your students to succeed. Here are a few worth honing in on.

Mercer Cutlery

Students with access to the best academic tools in their field have a proven advantage when it comes time to further their education or pursue a career. For the last 30 years, Mercer Cutlery's mission has been to help students achieve that professional edge. Let the sales team assist you in getting what you need quickly and within your budget. With more than 2,000 products--from chef's knifes to chocolate dipping forks--Mercer Cutlery will work with you to customize a set or package to suit your students' needs. Visit, call (800) 221-5202, or e-mail

R.H. Forschner by Victorinox

To properly address cutlery needs, R.H. Forschner by Victorinox creates a custom experience for each client school. "We personally examine each culinary school’s needs on a case-by-case basis and make recommendations from there," said Tom Lawler, vice president of sales for the company. "We’re confident that once students use our cutlery, they will become fans of our brand throughout their careers." To better illuminate the company’s long history in the culinary arts field, R.H.Forschner by Victorinox plans to roll out significant marketing materials on supply programs to culinary schools in 2009. Visit, or call (800) 243-4074.

Canada Cutlery Inc. (CCI)

CCI believes that you should feel 100-percent confident that the culinary kit you chose for your students is of unrivaled quality and value. The Superior Culinary Master brand consists of unparalleled, European-made knives and tools, crafted from the best European cutlery steel available. These tools are designed with ergonomic handles and extra-wide blades for safer and superior cutting performance. Visit or (for online purchasing), or call (800) 698-8277.

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