The most important kitchen tool to have is a really good knife (followed by a great coffee maker, but that’s a story for another day!). Before I even got into my baking and cooking addiction, I knew I wanted an investment piece because I had so many near misses of chopping off my fingers with my inexpensive-first-apartment knife. So when the hubby and I got married, we ended up trading in a lot of our wedding gifts to get our first Zwilling 5 Star chef’s knife and sharpening steel and we haven’t looked back since. That was nearly twenty years ago and it’s just as good as the first day we got it.
When I heard that Zwilling J.A. Henckels was opening its first stand-alone store in Ontario and right in Vaughan Mills, I have to admit there was a spark of excitement inside of me. The lucky ducks in Vancouver had its own brick and mortar store since last year, and for the rest of Canada, Zwilling J.A. Henckels line of products was only available in department stores and specialty kitchen stores. With this Vaughan Mills location to carry their full product lines, it will provide customers with a much more engaging shopping experience.
Although Zwilling J.A. Henckels is known for its knives, a brand that started in the 1700s by knife-maker Peter Henckels, it has grown to encompass more than just knives. Zwilling in German means twins, as recognized by their discernible logo. However, their new store offers its customers a full range of products that will make any home chef or food enthusiast giddy with joy. In one place you can get your hands on Staub cast iron cookware and ceramics, Ballarini nonstick pans and Demeyere cookware, and Tweezerman beauty products. But if all you’re looking for is a knife, then I’m especially excited about the Miyabi Japanese knives.
Japanese knives have a reputation for being the best and in my opinion, the most beautiful works of art. The swirls and dimpled patterns all indicate exquisite beauty and sharp precision. Speaking to Executive Chef Romain Avril of Lavelle restaurant in Toronto, he loves his Japanese knives and swears by them. He used Miyabi knives to prepare the delicious culinary tastings he created for the media preview of the Zwilling J.A. Henckels store. Although they require more care in sharpening them, he says it’s all worth it.
The bright clean white store is the perfect backdrop to showcase their huge selection and inventory of knives and brightly coloured Staub cookware. Don’t forget to check out all their other products that would make any foodie happy especially considering Christmas and the holiday season is just around the corner! There is something at every price point. Alright, let me “cut” to the chase, I’d be very, very happy with anything from Zwilling J.A. Henckels for Christmas!
Have a “knife” day!
~ Carol (aka @bakingzen)
ZWILLING J.A. Henckels will open its doors on November 5th, 2016 at Vaughan Mills located at 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive. The store is located near Entrance 2 in the Nature Neighbourhood.
On Monday, November 7 from 6 pm to 8 pm, the store will host Mimi Thorisson, author of the critically acclaimed food blog Manger. She will be at the store meeting fans and signing her best-selling cookbook, French Country Cooking and Stories from a French Village.