Tacos, Knives, Sea Salt: Culinary 'Bests Of The Year' From Chef Kathy Gunst

On December 18th, 2018 - just in time for the last holiday shipments of the year - Chef Kathy Gunst, Resident Chef on NPR's Here & Now, gave New West KnifeWorks a glowing radio review while discussing her "Bests of the Year". Our phones were immediately ringing off the hook and our website could barely handle the attention it was getting. The New West team pulled through and delivered many, many of the "gorgeous...knives [she] turns to again and again" (Gunst) to happy chefs and home cooks across the country. Our knives showed up just in time to be the perfect gift for that foodie friend or family member who is often hard to shop for.

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Why do I love these knives? Let me count the ways.

First of all, they are gorgeous: The Technicolor fiberglass handles are simply stunning. Second (and more important) is the way these knives feel in your hand. Chopping, slicing, dicing — it all feels like a breeze. They're not too heavy and not too light. Made of steel right here in the USA, they are the knives I turn to over and over again.   

Excerpt from the Original Interview

Host Jeremy Robinson: Our Resident Chef Kathy Gunst has been thinking about the culinary highlights of 2018 as this year comes to a close...First of all, a piece of equipment that is a must in any kitchen.
Chef Kathy Gunst: These I really fell in love with this year, and just by looking at them you can understand. These are knives from New West KnifeWorks.
Host Robin Young: We should say that we're going to have pictures at hereandnow.org.
Kathy: We should, because the are super pretty. These are American made knives, they are made in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And it is a beautiful tool that is functional and durable. The handles have this almost technicolor fiberglass color...I just think they are so stunning.
Robin: ...I ended up buying - as many people here did - a set of knives this year, you know from those young students looking to put themselves through college.
Kathy: Oh! Robin, no.
Robin: I want to know how you buy knives.
Cathy: ...I want you guys to pick up this knife, because, yes it's beautiful, yes, it's American made, it's made from American steel, but it feels so good in your hand, that when your chopping... I really love to chop, it's something that I get into the Zen of... and I have to say, these knives out of Wyoming are really a joy in my kitchen.
Robin: Why? How do you know they're good knives?
Kathy: They cut really well, it's good steel, it works for peeling and paring and boning, and carving.
Robin: This one knife? (Referring to the 8" Chef knife)
Kathy: Yeah you can. I mean you get one of their really good chef knives and you can use it for all kinds of things.
Jeremy: How many knives do you think you need in the kitchen? I think the ones I absolutely must have are one like this - a big chef's knife, a bread knife, and a small knife, like for a lime.

Kathy: It depends how much you do. If you ask my husband, he says you only need one. I have a lot of knives. I like to peel tomatoes with a certain knife, I like to cut the peel off of oranges and grapefruits, anyway -- don't get me started. I am a big fan of these knives.