About Us

From our humble beginnings in 1988 as a chef-founded knife sharpening company to present day, Chefs’ Toys has focused on building lasting relationships, with customers, suppliers, and our terrific employees. The journey of our company’s evolution has been quite remarkable. To see a list of company milestones check out our company growth chart here. We treat everyone the same: with respect, while always trying to do the right thing. This approach to business is the foundation of our success as the largest Restaurant Equipment and Supplies dealer in southern California and one of the fastest growing in the country. Our Founder Steve Dickler received the Dealer Achiever Award in 2016 at the National Restaurant Show, one of the greatest honors in our industry.

Chefs’ Toys is proud to offer time-tested and commercial kitchen approved products from the best manufacturers in the foodservice industry. We are constantly looking at bringing in and testing new products to serve our customers’ needs so you can feel confident that when you
buy a product from Chefs’ Toys that they’re vetted, tested, and will meet your expectations. We can also help source that unique piece of equipment or that hard to find part. Let one of our foodservice professionals assist you.

With the acquisition of Michael Blackman & Associates in 2016, Chefs’ Toys beefed up its talent pool for consulting and design. As a result, we offer complete design services for restaurants, commercial kitchens and bars. From front of house to the most complex kitchen design requirements, equipment installation, and foodservice supplies fulfillment, our staff provides turnkey solutions for the foodservice industry. Although our roots are firmly planted in southern California, our customer base continues to expand nationally.


Starting with a passion for food, Chefs’ Toys began in 1988 with a genuine desire to help other Chefs. From humble beginnings to foodservice enterprise, Chefs’ Toys business philosophy has never wavered. Click the video play button to the right to see what drives us.

Our History

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