Chefs Toys at Melissa’s Produce

HI! I'M SARA - My Imperfect Kitchen

My Imperfect Kitchen Sarah
I'm a recipe tester, coffee lover, dreamer, professional eater and armchair traveler. Yep, I do it all. Except Math. I'm terrible at Math.

Last week, I was blessed to attend a demonstration of chefs tools from Chefs Toys at Melissa’s Produce in Los Angeles. This hard-working team of people put together a scrumptious lunch and informative presentation for a lucky group of bloggers and social media influencers! We learned all about Chefs Toys, their history, their future and were able to see their top-rated tools for 2016!

Chefs' Toys at Melissa's Produce

So, what *is* Chefs Toys?  Chefs’ Toys is the leading restaurant equipment and supplies company here in southern California. Founded in 1988, they have six different superstores located in West Los Angeles, Torrance, Van Nuys, Fountain Valley, Anaheim and lucky for me, one location in Corona.  Which means I will be visiting often, since they are open to the public and it’s not too far from my house!  Yay!

Chefs’ Toys features professional cooking appliances, smallwares, and clothing and a full range of professional services including design, planning, consulting and project management services for restaurants, bars and commercial kitchens!  Basically, they have great products for any kitchen enthusiast (me!!), chefs, caterers and they’re also a one-stop-shop for anyone who is interested in planning, building or managing high performance commercial kitchen projects.  There’s some seriously cool stuff happening here!  I love that Chefs Toys caters to anyone from the every day home cook just looking for an easier way to do something all the way up to owners and executive chefs of some major restaurants!

Chef Doug Demo

This is Chef Doug Schonfeld!  “Hi, Chef Doug!” He’s the executive Chef and Sales Manager at Chefs Toys.  He’s showing us a Saf-T-Grip White Cutting Board.  See the purple corners?  They’re ridged so the cutting board won’t slide around on your counter.  It comes in different sizes too and is NSF certified! I use a towel under my cutting board to keep it from slipping, but these corners make it so much safer!

Chef Doug also showed us several different mandolines with either fixed or interchangeable blades.  We saw a Super Benriner Japonese Mandoline,  and a Bron Vegetable Slicer with 38 different blades!  Plus, the Victorinox PerformanceShield Cut Resistant Glove  you see Chef Doug wearing in the picture are total finger-savers. The mandolines come with finger guards, but these gloves provide extra protection.  Something I would need if I used one. (Can you say klutz?) Those blades are sharp and it’s important to stay safe.  Actually, the gloves are great any time you are cutting in your kitchen!

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