“Cutting edge technology”
just these three words define who we are
Close your eyes, … yes close your eyes …….., and imagine yourself going back in time….on the search for “cutting edge technology”, so go way back. Way back before the existence of the computer, only 69 years ago. Go further in time, dare to fall before the French revolution, before the birth of Christ, before Mesopotamia, only 6000 years ago. Wander beyond 500 000 years ago, when we stood up as Homo Sapiens. Go back as far as 2.5 million years, to the point where your furry ancestors picked up a rock and modeled it into a cutting edge tool. Scrapers, pounders, choppers and hand axes gave us the means to survive.
The STONE age is about the time, us using stone tools for things like chopping up a saber-toothed tiger, and preparing a nice stew out of it. These DIY, Do It Yourself, handy things around the cave gave us the advantage in time, to become what we are today: An almost hairless creature still with a tool in its hands. We sophisticated it a bit from bone to stone, to bronze to copper, and from iron to steel. This is how we write our history, this tool, this knife in our hands defines who we are ………today.
Therefor this Portraits series is giving some of the knife skilled descenders a name, all are food lovers, people connected to the things produced by land, sea and air. The knife being their most important tool. These people with a strong desire to prepare the earth given products into tasteful dishes. All descendants of the man and woman with the flint knife in their hand, posing before you with their most favorite knife.
The will to always be the best of his class brought Paul his two Michelin stars. Lifting farmhouse restaurant “de Leuf” from the surrounding clay grounds to culinary heights together with his charming wife Sandra. This team effort resulted in the Gault Millau Chef of the year 2012 award, which came with a beautiful Japanese Tojiro knife.
She is one of the most generous people I’ve ever met, especially when it comes to food. Her never lasting hunger for the best products on the market and her effortlessness when it comes to preparing food is only seen by naturals. One of her bigger joys is sharing food prepared in quantities with her surroundings. Els likes best her German Herder small kitchen knife of around 8 euros.
Loving life, art and food to the max, Hubert and his wife Marjolijn want to share it all with you in their restaurant. Hubert with his strong personality makes eating among original works of art into an entertainment event. Before you know it you are invited to the kitchen and lectured about how to prepare a rib-eye. A knife has to cut by its own weight Hubert tells, and as a bonus this Goldhamster series will always fall on its handle when accidentally dropped.
“La vita è bella“, and Carla is the perfect statement of this. Brother Enzo asked her to come from Potenza near Naples and help him out in his recently opened Pizza and Panini parlor. Raised at their parents farm in south Italy, slaughtering the pigs in December was a day for the whole family to come together, finished with a big diner. Carla learned cooking traditional dishes as a child alongside Nonna and di mamma while handling the big kitchen knifes.
Enjoying the concept of food, Bernard loves every aspect of it, from selecting and preparation to the eating together. Market places are his favorite, where buzz, freshness and bargains go hand in hand. In the meanwhile meeting people and hearing their personal story makes his day. Working as a volunteer cook at intervals in a Hospice, shows him the importance of good food that is prepared in a loving way. To see a smile due to the food you prepared is pure beauty. Bernard is holding his grandmothers knife made of plain carbon iron.
The knife in your hand, that simple but evolutionary significant tool draws a line far into our past. It is an essential while preparing our food and deserves to be treated with respect. Used in so many different rituals all over the globe as it it used by the millions on a daily bases. No matter if it is a hand crafted Japanese knife or one straight from the production line, this shaped tool to cut combined with your cooking skills will get you a meal so you can survive on to your future.
Keep it sharp, the Dutch Cook
Paul van Bunt restaurant ‘de Leuf’ http://www.deleuf.nl/
Tojiro knife manufactory http://tojiro.net/en/guide/culture_district.html
Els uses a Herder knife http://www.messer-mit-tradition.de/
Hubert Haenen restaurant http://huberthaenen.nl/
Goldhamster Knife series http://www.edenwebshops.co.uk/en/ct/goldhamster-first-class.htm
Carla and her brother Enzo http://www.tuttoenzo.nl/over-enzo/
Bernard is the maker of these portraits http://imagehouse.nl