WHEN you have a special restaurant you need the best equipment there is to be had.
And that’s precisely why a top chef turned to Sheffield to help him out.
Up-and-coming young chef Isaac McHale, who was working at the Ledbury in London’s fashionable Notting Hill, approached Paul Iseard at the Famous Sheffield Shop on Ecclesall Road to help develop a steak knife for the restaurant, which has two Michelin stars.
The Ledbury had run out of its French knives and Isaac wanted to go for something more original, British and, of course, made in Sheffield.
Paul worked on the design with Isaac and brought in traditional makers A Wright and Son and engineering firm D H Greensmith.
And between them they turned a preliminary sketch into a thing of beauty - laser cut, offset brass rivets with an Indonesian rose wood handle.
D&D London, which owns and operates more than 30 of the most famous restaurants in London, Paris, New York, Copenhagen and Tokyo, has also commissioned a steak knife for a new restaurant and hotel in the capital.
Meanwhile, Isaac and Paul are already working on a new design as Isaac prepares to launch his own restaurant later this year.
Isaac said: “It’s about standing out from the competition. It enhances the dining experience. Above all though it’s about the quality of the blade.”
Customers of the Famous Sheffield Shop can now get a flavour of fine dining as the steak knife goes on sale in the shop and online.
Paul said: “I reckon if it’s good enough for top London restaurants it’s good enough for my customers.”