Who said you can't go home again? I just did! I returned to the scene of my criminal behavior (that is fine dining cooking) in Los Angeles this past week. My intention was to go have lunch with my wife at the Hotel Bel Air where I worked for two years. But someone forgot to send me a telegram informing me it was closed for the last two years for renovations. oh well.
So I did the best next thing I went to visit KC Ma and Jon Broida.
KC is a trip, I knew he would be. I hung out with him for about an hour while my wife went shoe shopping and we shot the breeze as only two cooks can. Talked of sharpening philosophy, why he does the things he does, why he prefers certain things and I got a small demo on his way of sharpening. He demo'ed his style of cutting for me. Cleared up alot of things. I came away with we WAY over-think some things. Thanks KC
Then my wife and I wound up spending like 4 hours with Jon and his delightful wife Sara. They are both very hospitable. We spoke of sharpening and stones, I got to try a bunch of neat new stones. I bought three Gesshin stones. They are very fast and have great feedback. I think these are going to be the new benchmark for stones.
I stayed away from looking at knives for a reason. His shop is like a Knife-Porno warehouse! I wanted one of each.
Jon has a great practical knowledge of cooking and cooking in Japan, as well as a good working knowledge of Japanese culture. You can do worse than having Jon help steer your choices for knives, cooking and cutting technique.
I want to thank KC, and Jon and Sara for being who they are. It makes me proud to be part of this brotherhood of Knife Forumites, chefs and sharpeners