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Do you stereotype a Chef based on his/her kitchen tools?

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Do you stereotype a Chef based on his/her kitchen tools?

Chemicalkinetics | Jun 11, 2011 09:43 AM

As the title suggests, do you or do you not? I certain do so in several occasions. For example, I have considerable reservation about a Chinese chef using a frying pan or a saute pan instead of a wok to stir fry my foods. Yes, there are two major styles of stir-fry and 6 sub branches of stir-frying, and some can be done on a frying pan, but many cannot. I seriously question the Chef's skill when he uses a frying pan for stir-fry.

I also have considerable doubt of a sushi chef if he does not have a single bevel knife. It just does not feel right when he/she grab a Chef knife and start to slice the fish filet. I want to see a yanagiba somewhere.

I also have certain expectations for a Southern barbecue master as well.

So, do you judge a Chef based on the tools he uses? If so, can you name one example. I will try to tally up the votes in the next week or two -- depending the numbers of responses. Thanks.

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