Every chef will tell you that their tools play a big role in their cooking. Whether we want to admit it or not, using different tools would actually affect the way we cook because it is hard to use something that we are not used to. If you are a chef, you will definitely know what I’m talking about. When you are going abroad for the purpose of cooking in a restaurant in another country, bring as many of your tools as possible. I’ll give you a list of some of the things that you can actually bring with you.
Swiss Style Vegetable Peeler
Chefs not only have to cook well but they also have to cook fast. It is because of this reason that most chefs would love to have a vegetable peeler on hand so that they don’t need to use a knife to peel vegetables. However, we’re not talking about just any vegetable peeler. We’re talking about a Swiss Style vegetable peeler, like the ZENA Swiss Style Vegetable Peelers. This happens to be one of the sturdiest peelers in the market and also the sharpest one. I’d say it’s probably as sharp as a Swiss knife.
Medium Chef’s Knife
The knife that you use will definitely affect that way the texture of your food will end up. What if the restaurant you go to has only dull or low quality medium knives? Just to be safe, it is recommended that you bring your own medium knife. If you want to cut meat or hard vegetables, then you will be needing your own high quality, six inch chef’s knife.
Aside from your medium knife, you will also need your own paring knife. Your paring knife is used in order to cut the small things like the shrimps, the vegetables, or the fruits. Your paring knife has to be kept sharp so that cutting these small things are easier for you.
Collapsible Salad Spinner
If you are making salad, there is nothing more useful than a collapsible salad spinner, like the Collapsible Salad Spinner by Progressive. With a salad spinner, you can literally mix your salad in just a few seconds. This is a very useful tool for any chef, especially the ones who often make fine dining meals.
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Measuring Cups and Spoons
Somehow, each measuring cup or measuring spoon would have different units of measurement or different sizes. This is especially true if you are going to really foreign lands like Asia or Europe. Of course, cooking with the local measuring cups and spoons would have some getting used to if that’s the case. If you want to have an easier time, then you can just bring your own measuring cups and spoons. This way, you don’t need to get used to different cups and spoons.
Bringing a spice kit is something that a lot of chefs do. It’s not that you don’t want to use the spices of another country, but if you are creative, you can actually mix spices and creative fusion dishes. You bring the spices of your homeland and mix it with the ingredients found in the country where you are going. To pack your spice kit, you can just put some of them in a pill box so they are easy to carry around.
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Lastly, you can bring your own spatula because you’ll now that other spatulas won’t feel right. Most chefs would want to stick to the kind of spatula that they are used to because the “feel” of other spatulas are probably not what they are used to. Bringing your own spatula will help you work faster and more efficiently.
Bringing your own tools to another kitchen will not make you feel like you are in a different place. Even if everything is foreign to you, at least your tools are familiar. However, these tools have to be packed in your luggage. Don’t put your kitchen tools in your hand carry baggage because they might be confiscated by the airport security.