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Peter Allen

Peter Allen

Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

Cutco Knives Review: Are They Worth It?

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cutlery

Cutco has a fairly unique business model. Instead of relying on smart pricing, good advertising, and great web presence, it uses a direct marketing approach. Cutco hires many salespeople, mostly college students, to visit their friends and family members and demonstrate how good their knives are in-person. The power of these demonstrations is enough to drive sales, even with the high price-tag on Cutco knives.

Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set Review: Timeless Classic Or Modern Trash?

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cookware

When it comes to affordable non-stick cookware, Circulon is one of my favorite brands. When it comes to construction, quality, and pricing, they know their stuff. They might not be a clear market leader, but they’re certainly competitive with other top brands. Their solid warranty programs and the multitude of options available help ensure that you can find the perfect hard anodized set that will last for years in your kitchen.

Wolfgang Puck Cookware Reviews: A Solid Celebrity-Endorsed Set?

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To me, a celebrity endorsement is a BAD thing. Unless it’s a very specific pairing of chef and product, having a celebrity chef’s name on something means that it’s not particularly high quality. Professional chefs don’t look for products with the names of TV stars on them. Instead, they look for inexpensive, durable, and reliable products that will get the job done day after day.

Zhen Knives Review: Affordable, Beautiful Japanese Knives

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If I was to describe the perfect knife, I would mention a few specific qualities. It would probably be made from VG-10 or high-carbon steel, it would have a classic wooden handle, and it would have a mild Damascus pattern that made it unique, special and not too gaudy. These three features would all make the knife very expensive: not only would the steel itself be expensive, but the intricate Damascus patterns would add to both the material and labor costs. On top of that, the carefully crafted wooden handle would be quite pricey on its own.

Cangshan Knife Reviews: Affordable, High-Quality Knives For All Kitchens

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You’re probably tired of hearing about the “world” of difference that a nice chef’s knife makes. People on the internet will try to sell you the idea that cooking isn’t the same without a $300 Damascus Shun. If you don’t have an expensive knife that cuts through overripe tomatoes like soft butter, they’ll say, you’re not getting the most out of your kitchen.