Because quality knives and knife skills go hand-in-hand, ICE and Wüsthof — a premier culinary school and a maker of expertly crafted knives — have been partners for more than 30 years. Together, ICE and Wüsthof are preparing professional chefs and at-home cooks to work with more precision and confidence.
For a chef, a good knife is crucial. According to ICE Chef Ted Siegel, a knife is the “singular most important piece of equipment that we use in the kitchen.” Wüsthof knows good knives. Founded in Solingen, Germany, Wüsthof has been a family-owned company for seven generations — that amounts to over 200 years of passionate dedication to crafting perfect blades. ICE is proud to train students using Wüsthof’s exceptional quality knives. A knife speaks volumes about its owner, too. Chef Ted says, “You can learn everything you need to know about the professional integrity of a cook or chef by how they treat and care for their knives. The knife is not just an extension of your body but an extension of your being — who you are.”
It’s crucial that a chef know how to use knives properly. That’s why ICE chefs teach knife skills to both career and recreational students, beginning with courses in the fundamentals — from chopping and dicing to keeping knives sharp and handling them correctly. Caring for knives and learning to sharpen them is essential. Says Chef Ted, “A sharp knife is absolutely critical in becoming a better cook, as it will help maintain the integrity and quality of the ingredients that you are working with — maintain texture, color, flavor and nutrients. You simply cannot function without a very sharp knife.” For those looking to take their knife skills to the next level, ICE has advanced classes to learn skills like butchery.
ICE and Wüsthof have created the ultimate knife skills video series to show what happens when expert craftsmanship meets culinary experts. The result is nothing less than culinary art.