We have been reading a lot of books lately here at the Cutlery Review, mostly Chef biographies. And we always note when they talk about what equipment they take to a kitchen. The infamous knife roll is of course expected but the “Spoon Roll” was a new one for us. If you are doing any plating or saucing you need a decent spoon or two.
The Mercer Culinary 7-Piece Plating Spoons set looks great. It consists of a Saucier Spoon, 9-Inch Solid Spoon, 7 7/8-Inch Solid, 7 7/8-Inch Slotted 7 7/78-inch precision drawing Spoon, and 7 7/8-inch perforated Spoon. All this is bundled up in a heavy duty roll to take the kitchen or cooking class. The flatware is made of 18-8 stainless steel.
Right off the bat, let’s be clear that this was a limited edition and if your reading this you missed your chance to get one. But we are hoping the success means a return?
This interesting piece of custom cutlery was created to ease the suffering a cross-contamination when making Vegemite toast.
From Vegemite’s marketing manager Jacqui Roth:
“Aussies are opening up their jars of Vegemite to find that butter has somehow made its way in. We can’t have that. So, we’re introducing a solve – the limited-edition ‘Vegeknife’. The limited-edition Vegeknife is a dual headed cutlery breakthrough, with one end for butter and one end for Vegemite – so now, there’s no reason to get butter in the Vegemite jar.”
Much like the Nutella knife it was a limited edition piece of flatware made by and for marketing. Let’s hope it returns.
We aren’t sure how this legend of cutlery escaped us all this time. A single piece of cutlery so infamous that it carries it’s inventor’s name. This is the Gray Kunz Spoon.
First of it’s pronounced “koons”. Gray Kunz, a successful New York chef who worked at Lespinasse, was being driven crazy by crappy flatware. He needed a spoon for cooking food or just platting dishes and what he had didn’t work. So he created his namesake tool to do just that. With a deep bowl, tapered edge, holding 2.5 tablespoons; a short handle, easy to control and perfectly balanced. This was the spoon he and every chef needed to created their dishes quickly and efficiently.
He had them manufactured in the late 90’s and soon every chef had one or wanted one.
Sadly, Gray Kunz passed away in March 2020. But his legend lives on.
Decorating kitchens and restaurants with just the right item can be a real chore sometimes. Finding something that says cooking to your guests is important and shouldn’t be too kitschy for the kitchen.
The “Funly mee Kitchen Restaurant Cutlery Spoon Wall Decoration, Cast Iron Wall Decor with Fork and Spoon for Rustic Kitchen or Dinning Room” (boy that’s a long name) looks like a great addition for your space.
These two spoons, fork and draining spoon are made of cast iron and removeable from the stand. The whole thing measures 13 by 9 inches.
Be warned this is decorative cutlery only and not to be used for any cooking of any sort at all!